Christmas is almost upon us and although we’re all busy buying gifts for our loved ones, sometimes it’s nice to make your own presents and there’s nothing more tastier than a jar of homemade granola! I love making my own granola as it means I can play around with flavours and know exactly what the ingredients are rather than some of the sugar heavy store versions. There’s something really satisfying about making your own granola too, the kitchen smells amazing when it’s baking and it’ll make the perfect gift for that special someone!
Here’s how I make my own Winter Granola…
- 150g oats
- 125g mixed nuts (I used a mix of cashews, peanuts, macadamia and pecans)
- 2 tbsp of pumpkin seeds
- 2 tbsp of sunflower seeds
- 1 tsp of cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp of mixed spice
- 1 tbsp of pure maple syrup
- 1 tbsp of coconut oil
- pinch of sea salt
- 75g of mixed dried fruit
Preheat the oven to 180°c (160°c fan). In a pan, gently heat the coconut oil, maple syrup, cinnamon and mixed spice together until dissolved, be careful not to burn. In a large bowl, weigh out all of the other ingredients (excluding the mixed dried fruit) and stir together. Pour the liquid into the bowl and stir until the oats are completely covered. Transfer the mix onto a large baking tray and spread out evenly.
Pop into the oven and bake for 15 minutes, stir every 5 mins to ensure all of the granola is baked and golden brown. This also helps the nuts and oats to stop burning, this can happen pretty quickly if you don’t watch out!
When golden, remove from the oven and stir in the mixed dried fruit. Leave to cool before storing in an airtight jar.
‘If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there’ – George Harrison.
The past year or so has been a bit of whirlwind, there’s been both ups & downs and moments that I will look back on fondly and some perhaps not so. That’s life, and I’m grateful for every day that I wake up healthy and can enjoy whatever is thrown my way. I guess the reason for writing this more personal post is to share the thought that sometimes (or most of the time) you literally don’t know which direction or road to take and that’s totally OK, no matter what happens it’s all part of the journey and one for us to live and enjoy.
I’ve met so many lovely people on social media, and sometimes a simple smiley face or quick hello is all it takes to brighten someone’s day, I know each and every comment I see certainly makes me smile and that’s one of the reasons I love sharing my journey with you all so THANK YOU. 2016 has been a crazy old year and I’m ready to dive headfirst into 2017, still not knowing which road I’ll take but I aim to definitely enjoy every minute as I go ahead.
Here’s to the unknown plans, future fun and the next chapter!
Chocolate & hazelnut is a classic flavour combination, and one of the best smoothie bowls to make! I used to love Nutella but since I’ve started being much more aware of what I’m putting into my body, I tend to stay away from the shop bought version (Sarah Wilson, founder of I Quit Sugar, has a great article about it here) and make my own using ground hazelnuts, raw cacao and pure maple syrup. It’s so much more tastier too knowing you’ve made it yourself!
Here I’ve made one of my classic smoothie bowls, you can easily swap out the flavours by adding peanut butter or ground almond instead, it’s great to experiment. I’ve also added avocado as I find it makes the smoothie extra thick and creamy. I love topping my bowls with fresh fruit and a handful of granola. I’ll be sharing a homemade granola recipe soon, so keep a look out!
- 1 banana, chopped and frozen
- 1/2 ripe avocado
- 1 tbsp of whole or ground hazelnuts
- 1 tbsp of raw cacao
- 1 tbsp of chia seeds
- 1/2 – 1 cup of milk (I like to use Koko coconut milk)
Simply add all of the ingredients to a blender (I use a NutriBullet) and whizz together until thick and creamy, add more or less liquid depending on how thick you prefer your smoothie.
Top with fresh fruit, granola and seeds. Even a spoonful of greek yogurt would be delicious!