Homemade Granola (easy & fat-free)

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Ever since coming back from South Africa i have been craving granola. Cornflakes. Muesli. Anything crunchy that i can drown in soy milk and bury with fruits.

So this is when my sudden urge to make my own granola emerged.

It had to be something quick and easy, low in sugar and in fat. The recipe below is adapted from the wonderful Angela over at Oh She Glows, who - next to Minimalist Baker and my mom - is one of my absolute favourites out there in the healthy recipe universe!

I even reduced Angela's recipe to a super light, crunchy granola that does not contain any fat except some shredded coconut and no sugar except some maple syrup and agave. It's also VEGAN and potentially GLUTEN-FREE! Hurray!


DIY GRANOLA

adapted by Angela @Oh She Glows

Preparation time: 30 mins
Main ingredients: oats, millet, coconut
difficulty level: easy
makes: 5 cups
suitable for: vegan, lactose-free, gluten-free, nut-free, low-fat
 
Ingredients

2 cups rolled oats (use gluten-free if intolerant to gluten!)
1/2 cup coconut flakes
1/2 cup uncooked millet
2 tbsp ground flax
1 tbsp chia seeds
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 - 1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tbsp applesauce
3 tbsp maple syrup
2 tbsp agave syrup

Other optional granola ingredients:
almonds
walnuts
pecans
hazelnuts
nut butter
roasted sunflower seeds
dried cranberries
raisins
poppy seeds
buckwheat groats
... 


Instructions

Preheat oven to 325°F / 160°C.

For the granola, combine all dry ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir. Then add all wet ingredients and mix very well to evenly combine everything.

Transfer the mixture onto a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread loosely.

Bake for 20 - 25 minutes, stirring once half way through baking.

When it's golden brown, it's ready. Take out of the oven and allow to cool for quarter of an hour or longer.

Store in an airtight container. This supposedly lasts for 1-2 months, but knowing me it will be gone in less than 3 days, haha! 
 

Now you can use your home made granola to perfect your breakfast bowl. For mine, i used cornflakes, instant oats, warm water, soy milk, banana (cut into flowers using a cookie cutter - i've really started to love this procedure! i actually find it kind of relaxing), pomegranate seeds, orange and chocolate.

The chocolate i used was a little gift from my mom. I've always wanted to try the OMBAR brand! So excited! They're basically made of raw cacao, cacao butter and coconut sugar. The first one (blueberry + acai) is already gone, the second one (strawberry + coconut milk) i'm currently finishing off, and the third one (coconut milk) is still very much intact, even though it is my favourite - it tastes surprisingly like real milk chocolate! Crazy. Ask my monkey, he'll tell you!





Maisy



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