Healthy Homemade Granola
I recently started making my own granola at home and have perfected a recipe that is absolutely delicious! I often mix my granola with greek yogurt and top it with agave syrup, and also sprinkle it on top of smoothies. It's also amazing with chocolate milk or even mixed into pancakes or muffins. The great part about granola is that you can make your own substitutions for things you like best and change it up every time. Since we live abroad and keep moving around, I don't even own measuring cups, so all the amounts are very flexible-- just judge by your own taste what you want to add more of and what you should limit! Ingredients:
4 cups of rolled oats (or really any kind or shape of oat)
1 cup wheatgerm (you can toast fresh wheatgerm in the oven first or just use dry)
1/2 cup flax seeds
1 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup roughly crushed cashews (or substitute your favorite nut)
1 tablespoon of cinnamon
2 teaspoons of nutmeg
2 teaspoons of ground ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons of ground cloves
1/2 cup coconut oil
5 heaping tablespoons of agave nectar
1/3 cup water
1) Preheat the oven to 300 degrees Farenheit (approx 150 degrees Celsius).
2) Mix all the dry ingredients in a big bowl.
3) In a small pan on the stovetop, heat the coconut oil and the agave syrup together, mixing often, until they are nice and smooth. Then add the water and stir the liquid mixture all together.
4) Remove the liquid from the heat and pour evenly over the dry ingredients. Mix well with a big wooden spoon, trying to create and keep any "clusters" that form.
5) Spoon the mixture onto a large baking sheet and spread it around evenly. I usually have to bake this in 2 batches as one is too big to fit all at once.
6) Roast in the oven for about 45 minutes-- stirring it around every 20 minutes or so in order for it to bake and brown evenly.
7) Remove from the oven, let cool and enjoy! Store this in an airtight container and it will last for several weeks.
Other fun & optional add-ins:
chopped dried fruit (raisins, cherries, dates, prunes, apricots, bananas etc.)
a chopped up chocolate bar