Homemade Granola is easy and cheaper than storebought! You can make granola using what you have in the cupboard – no recipe required!
Today was one of those days I just shut down. I’ve been so busy lately volunteering in a restaurant, teaching singing lessons, writing blog posts for everten.com.au and trying to keep up my own blog projects and social media. All of this on top of the busiest job of all: mothering of two little crazies, aged 1 and almost 4. Every now and then it just all gets on top of me and when that happens all of my motivation goes out the window and I just stop. Everything. And sometimes this is a good thing! Its not good to just go go go all the time.
What I found today was I was able to spend some quality time with my family. The weather in Sydney has been really rainy for days, and sometimes when this happens I secretly love it! It gives me a good excuse to cancel plans, stay in and rest. It’s so nice on the weekend with my husband at home because at least there are two of us to deal with the kids. We all napped, watched tv, played and ate. I even had time to make granola. Too lazy even to look up a recipe, I just wanted to throw some things together.
Here is how you can do that, too. I love cooking in this way. Since I’ve started my blog though, of course I haven’t done much of this since I’m writing recipes and making sure the quantities are right. I would feel so bad if someone told me one of my recipes didn’t work out! But the whole reason I started on this journey in the first place is because I wanted to share the creative outlet I get from cooking intuitively. Its the way I relax and I feel great knowing I’m feeding my family at the same time.
Start by lining two baking trays with baking paper. Heat the oven to 180C/350F. Then in a large bowl, mix together oats, nuts and seeds. You can really use anything you have in your cupboard that might go here. The base is the oats, so I tend to start with around 3 cups of those, then I might add 2 cups of the nuts/seeds. But the quantities are very loose! Don’t even worry about it. I used buckwheat, quinoa, pepitas (pumpkin seeds) and sunflower seeds. Mix this all together with a big spoonful of oil and a healthy sweetener – I used coconut oil and maple syrup. Then a whole heaped teaspoon of cinnamon. A pinch of salt, too. Spread this mixture out over the baking trays and toast for 20 minutes, stirring halfway. Leave to cool on the trays, then add dried fruit.
Of course the dried fruit is optional – add it if you like it! I added big flakes of coconut, then put it back in the oven for a further 5 minutes to toast. I didn’t add any other fruit because I prefer a more savoury and crunchy granola. Dried fruit adds a nice chew though.
Enjoy this granola! I hope you can find some time in your own day to relax and take your time making this.