This week I made granola and I am very happy with how it turned out. I could easily go on about the trials of my granola wars for hours, it is so difficult to find one that is not loaded with sugar and nasties that just don’t belong! Alas, I went on a search to make my own minus all the rift raft that comes with it! It is fair to say that I am officially obsessed with this oaty combination. Not only do oats have an amazing flavour, they also have a nutrient profile that gives any foodie a great big grin.
At heart, I am quite old fashioned with my oats, but lately I have been trying to push the boundaries with different mixes and blends. Currently, I am loving baked oats. That half crunchy, half oozy mix of oaty goodness gets me every time and I’ll be sure to post on that some day very soon. But for today, we’re talking granola.
Now, before I go into the recipe (which I will, I promise), I want to give oats their time to shine, simply because they deserve it. Firstly, oats help contribute a significant amount of fibre to your diet. Fibre is responsible for helping to lower blood cholesterol levels as well as keep our digestive system nice and healthy. Dietary fibre can also help make you feel full faster and for longer. This can help with any cravings or overeating tendencies and can also help reduce weight gain or maintain weight. Oats also contain an abundance of antioxidants, which form vitamin E and Tocopherols, helping to lower blood cholesterol levels.
A recommended serve of oats, according to the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating is 1/3 a cup. Pair this with a piece of fruit and some low fat milk or yoghurt and you will be flying through the morning with one happy stomach!
Now to the recipe! This recipe draws on inspiration from a number of trials (and errors) to find the perfect granola. I hope you like it as much as I do. This is my fail proof granola recipe. I promise you will never look back.
Cinnamon and Coffee Granola.
3 cups oats
6 mejooled dates, roughly chopped
1/3 cup sunflower/poppy/pumpkin seed mix
3 tablespoons sultanas
1 espresso shot (if using instant, use 1 teaspoon of instant and 30mls water)
1/3 cup honey
¼ cup vegetable oil
1 egg white
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 tsp sea salt
Preheat oven to 180C.
Line a large baking tray with baking paper.
In a large bowl place oats, chopped dates, seed mix and sultanas. Mix until well combined.
Poor the espresso shot into the dry ingredients. If using instant poor over until the mix is lightly covered. Add the honey, oil and egg white and mix until all of the dry mixture is damp from the wet ingredients.
Add the cinnamon and salt and give the mixture one last mix and making sure all ingredients are nice and wet.
Place the mixture onto the baking tray, make sure to separate the oats so they make a nice, thin layer.
Put the mixture into the oven and let the amazing smell take over the whole house. Cook for 20-25 minutes.
Once you take the mixture out of the oven let it rest for 5 minutes and then you are free to serve! I like putting mine with caramelized banana, figs and yoghurt! Or even better I gave some to a friend this morning an