Chia seed granola

I love granola. I eat it every day with yoghurt for my breakfast. Over the years I have eaten my way through many different brands to try and find the best one. Dorset Cereal’s Honey Granola is pretty delish, it has a good nut to oats ratio, without the dreaded raisin rearing its ugly head. Another favourite of mine is Rude Health’s Chia and Coconut. Both of these are on the more luxe end of granolas, and so I thought maybe it might be more economical to try and make my own, combining the elements I enjoy from all my taste tests.

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What I used:

2 cups oats
1/4 cup chia seeds
3/4 cup flaked almonds
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup coconut oil
The zest of one lemon

Optional: dried fruit such as apricot or freeze dried raspberries (please don’t add raisins, they suck).

Tip: I recently found out that dried cranberries have shit loads of sugar added to them as standard (unless no added sugar is specified on the package), so try and avoid standard dried cranberries if you are trying to be healthy and #eatingclean.

What I did:

Preheat the oven at 190 (fan) Mix together all the dry ingredients in a large bowl, melt the maple syrup and coconut oil in the microwave. Stir in the vanilla, maple syrup and coconut oil until everything is coated.

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Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. The oats and almonds should be browned and toasted, but not burnt.

Once out of the oven leave to cool, and then pop it into an airtight box to store till you can scoff it.

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