I’ve adapted my favourite and easy honey and nut granola with this rendition using coconut flakes, goji berries and mixed seeds. I’m on a mission to include more super and high fiber foods in my diet so breakfast is where it all starts.
You can make and adapt this to exactly your own taste preference and use more or less nuts / seeds etc. I finally started liking coconut after my trip to South East Asia last year. This from a lifetime of not really liking it and loathing desiccated coconut (unless baked into my grandmothers crunchies). I now adore coconut flakes and toast my own. I buy a bulk bag from my local Asian supermarket, which saves a lot of money, and for this recipe I have added them raw as they toast to a golden brown with all the other granola ingredients. The nuts are also raw and I suggest adding the goji berries about 10 minutes before the end of the bake or right at the end to keep them in their untoasted dry state. They have more flavour this way. The same goes with raisins if you prefer using those. I like to add them at the end.
I now add seeds to my breakfast every morning. I make a super seed mix of pumpkin, sesame, sunflower and flaxseeds and grind this up to break up the husks. This gets stored in the fridge and a tablespoon gets added to my oats, bran cereal or smoothies. I also add chia seeds as one tablespoon delivers a whopping 5.5gms of fiber and you really hardly notice it’s there.
For this recipe I’ve added a mix of pumpkin, sunflower, sesame and flaxseeds to make up the half cup.
I use butter because I love the flavour and the small quantity of 110gms is spread amongst a lot of ingredients but you could use coconut oil if you wanted to keep this granola vegan and replace the honey with maple syrup.
Recipe – makes 2 big jars / 6 -7 cups
Cooks tips ~ all nuts are raw to start with and obviously unsalted. I like almonds skin on, all other nuts must be skin off. Use proper oats not the quick cook variety. I found heating the honey a little in the microwave first made it easier to coat the oats.
- 1 cup mixed nuts (I like almonds, cashews and hazelnuts the most)
- 1/2 cup dried flaked coconut
- 1/2 cup mixed seeds of your choice (see notes above)
- 4 cups oats
- ½ cup honey
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 115g / 1 stick / ½ cup – butter (salted) – melted (or coconut oil)
- 1/4 cup goji berries (or other dried fruit of your choice)
Preheat the oven to 150 c / 300 F (I used the fan because I had 2 trays going at the same time)
In a large bowl mix the cinnamon, seeds, coconut flakes and nuts with the oats. Add the vanilla extract to the melted butter and pour into the oat mix. Add the heated honey and mix it all together with a wooden spoon until well combined.
Tip the mix onto two large baking sheets lined with silicone or baking paper spread out and bake for around 35 – 40 minutes until golden brown. I turned the trays around half way through and gave the granola a good toss around.
Add the goji berries at the end.
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