Vanilla & Coconut Granola

Do you know what tastes better than a nice bowl of crunchy granola for breakfast? A nice bowl of home made crunchy granola! We love granola in our house, but many of the store bought brands are loaded with sugar (and/ or contain wheat which I can’t have), so I like to make my own. It’s a loss less sweet, so I don’t have to worry about the kids getting too much sugar. We like to have it with milk or on top of Greek yoghurt, and loading it up with fresh berries makes up for any lack of sweetness. My latest vanilla & coconut granola got a big thumbs up from the boys.

Ingredients:

  • 400g oats (use certified gluten free ones if required)
  • 50g sunflower seeds
  • 50g pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • a generous grating of fresh nutmeg
  • 100ml vegetable oil
  • 50ml maple syrup*
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 50g desiccated coconut
  • 50g flaked almonds
  • 100g raisins

*If you like it really sweet, you can increase the amount of syrup and decrease the amount of oil, but one of the main reasons I make our own is because I find the store bought stuff far too sweet.

Directions:

  • Pre-heat your oven to 180 C (fan oven 160 C).
  • Mix the oats, seed, salt and spices in a large bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, mix the oil, syrup and vanilla extract.
  • Pour the wet ingredients in to the dry ingredients, and mix until well combined and the dry ingredients are fully coated.
  • Spread mixture out over two baking sheets lined with grease proof paper.
  • Bake in the oven for 30 – 40 minutes, turning every 10 minutes. After half an hour, I started checking every 5 minutes to make sure it didn’t burn.
  • I added the coconut after 25 minutes, adding half to each tray.
  • While the granola is baking, dry roast the flaked almonds in a frying pan, tossing frequently. Watch them carefully so they don’t burn!
  • The granola is reading when it starts to turn golden and crisps up. It will crisp up even further when it cools down.
  • Once cooled down, add the flaked almonds and raisins, mix well and store in an airtight container.

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9 Comments on Vanilla & Coconut Granola

  1. Tracey Kifford
    29 May 2019 at 7:31 am (4 weeks ago)

    I’ve been looking for a granola recipe that’s not overly sugary – just to top our daily fruit and yoghurt

    Reply
  2. Treasure Every Moment
    29 May 2019 at 9:01 am (4 weeks ago)

    Oo this sounds delicious! I love the idea of vanilla and coconut together in the morning :)

    Reply
  3. Claire
    29 May 2019 at 11:01 am (4 weeks ago)

    I’d never of thought of making my own. I never buy it for the reasons you state but I’m definitely going to give this a try.

    I hope it’s as straightforward as your clear instructions. Thank you so much for sharing x

    Reply
  4. Kim
    29 May 2019 at 11:20 am (4 weeks ago)

    This looks delicious! I’ve never made my own granola before, but Piglet loves to eat it so I might give this a try

    Reply
  5. Sabina Green
    29 May 2019 at 11:53 am (4 weeks ago)

    I love granola too, with a bit of fruit and yogurt. Coconut and vanilla sounds great!

    Reply
  6. Mandi Morrison
    29 May 2019 at 12:26 pm (4 weeks ago)

    I have never thought about making my own granola. This sounds really nice and tasty!

    Reply
  7. Lyndsey O'Halloran
    29 May 2019 at 8:00 pm (4 weeks ago)

    This looks like a really delicious breakfast. My husband would enjoy it a lot!

    Reply
  8. Clare Minall
    6 June 2019 at 3:02 pm (3 weeks ago)

    My kids would absolutely love these. This would disappear in no time at our house! This is my kind of weekend treat.

    Reply

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