04 May 2015

Home made granola - our very own crunchy monkey


When we were in Phuket last month, the Mr found some really tasty locally made granola by Crunchy Monkey at the supermarket.   We liked it so much we bought a few bags home with us.  The little Miss is a big fan and is always asking to eat 'crunchy monkey' (even when it isn't breakfast time!).

Unfortunately our stocks are running low and good quality granola (that is not just toasted oats) is so expensive!  So to keep me and the little girl busy on the weekend and to try and combat the jetlag I was suffering, I decided to try and make our own.  It was way easier than I expected and is super yum.  It was also a fun and easy way to get the little Miss involved in cooking.

I tried a simple recipe but I think I will try other variations next time.  I turned to trusty google and this one was the first result after searching 'home made granola' so I adapted it and gave it a go...

Homemade Granola 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped raw nuts (any nuts will do, I used cashews and almonds)
  • 1/2 cup dried fruit (any will do, I used sultanas and cranberries)
  • 1/4 cup raw seeds (any seeds will do, I used flaxseed and chia seeds)
  • 2-3 tablespoons of honey
  • 2 tbspn coconut oil
  • 1/2 tspn vanilla extract 
Method:
Preheat oven to 150C. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and use your hands to mix well and toss.   Spread the mixture in a thin layer on a baking tray and bake for 10mins or until lightly toasted. Cool before serving and keep in an airtight container or jar.

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