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Michael’s homemade granola recipe




One of the first things we noticed when we moved to Australia is how expensive the food here is, especially good, organic food. And one of the things that really stood out to us was the price of granola (especially when you’re buying for a family of seven)! I guess it was something we took for granted when we lived in London — there were so many good granola options, and it was relatively affordable to buy it. (Isn’t it funny how something like this can differ from one country to the next?)

One of the upsides to living here, in terms of grocery shopping, is the number of good bulk food stores we have in close proximity. Instead of buying things like packaged oats, nuts, flour, sugar, grains, seeds, and dried fruit, we simply take our jars to the bulk food store and fill them up, no packaging required.

Two good reasons to be making our own granola!

Michael makes a double batch every 10-14 days, filling two large jars with granola, which we all enjoy for breakfast. I’ve had a few people on Instagram ask me for the recipe, so I finally got him to write it down.

Michael’s homemade granola recipe:

Dry Ingredients:

-500g (roughly 5-6 cups) oats
-1/2 cup chia seeds
-1/4 cup sesame seeds
-1/2 cup puffed amaranth or quinoa puffs
-2 teaspoons of cinnamon
-1/2 teaspoon of cardamom
-1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
-1/2 teaspoon flakey sea salt
-Large handful of cashews, pecans, and almonds (all or just one, depending on your taste)
-1/2 cup coconut flakes (added toward the end!!)
-1/2 cup dried fruit like raisins, sultanas, dried blueberries, dried cranberries, goji berries, etc. (added at the end!)

Wet Ingredients:

-1/2 cup coconut oil
-1/3 cup maple syrup (or honey, depending on what you have in your cupboards)
-2 tablespoons tahini

(Melt the coconut oil and then stir in the next two ingredients until well combined)

In a large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients, except the coconut flakes and dried fruit. Then pour the wet ingredients onto the dry ingredients and stir. Spread out evenly onto a large baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes at 180° C, take out of the oven, stir and mix, and bake for another 10 minutes. Sprinkle the coconut flakes over the top and bake for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown.
Let everything cool and then add the dried fruit. Mix together and add to a large jar.

Enjoy with the milk or yoghurt of your choice (we’ve been loving coconut yoghurt!).

Courtney x

p.s. Esther’s crunchy nut granola recipe!

 


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