Granola is great as a breakfast treat or a midday snack and my version of granola contains a reduced amount of sugar by substituting the added sugar/honey/syrup with date puree.
When I make granola I never measure anything, so I’m afraid there are no measurements here, but I would say you probably want double the amount of oats to the amount of nuts and dried fruit. If you are on a paleo diet you can still make the granola by just omitting the oats.
- Dried Dates (for the date puree)
- Coconut Oil (melted)
- Rolled Oats
- Dried Fruits (sultanas, raisins, apple sweetened cranberries, apricots, dates, figs…)
- Nuts (brazil, walnut, cashew, almonds, macadamia…)
- Seeds (pinenuts, pumpkin, sunflower…)
First I made the date puree. Now I’m not sure if i make mine an odd way because most recipes I’ve read chuck the dates into a food process and blend them, but I’ve found the easiest method is to chop the dates in half, put them in a pan with a little water and boil them until the become soft and the water has reduced. Put them into a pestle and mortar and grind away! Add a little water to create more of a puree and ta-da!
Once you’ve mixed all the ingredients together you may decide you need a little bit more, so lucky its quick and easy to make!
Next onto the granola mix. Simple chuck your oats, chopped dried fruit (I would only recommend putting the dates in at this point and adding the rest of the dried fruit after baking to avoid them burning), nuts and seeds in a bowl, add any other additions (cinnamon’s a great one!) and stir. Add the date puree and some coconut oil and stir again until well mixed. If your mixture looks a little dry add some more date puree or coconut oil.
Spread onto a baking tray and cook at 170 C for 20-30 minutes until the granola is golden brown. Leave to cool and the mixture will turn into awesome crunchy granola! All you need to do now is break up any large chunks, stir in the rest of the dried fruit and its ready to eat!
This is just a basic recipe so feel free to add spices, coconut, quinoa, or anything else you can think of! And the best thing about making your own granola is, you can put all your favourite things in it!
Extra Crunchy Granola
For an extra bite, add a couple of tablespoons of uncooked quinoa to the granola mix before putting in the oven!
To the oats, add a chunk of grated fresh ginger root, 1 tsp of ground ginger, 1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp of mixed spice (quantities may vary depending on how much granola you are making), chopped dates and chopped walnuts. Mix together with the coconut oil and date puree, bake and when cool mix in chopped apricots.
To the oats add the zest of a lemon and a lime and the juice of half of each. If you have some, you could also add in a little lemon essence. Add nuts, seeds and dried fruit of your choice and mix with the coconut oil and date puree binder. Bake and when cool add additional fruits.
Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of ground almonds and 1/2 a teaspoon of vanilla essence to the oats. Add the nuts, seeds and dried fruit, mix with coconut oil and date puree and bake. Cashew nuts work really well with this mix as the added extra and if you have them, add some dried or fresh cherries in after baking to make a cherry bakewell granola!