17 August 2013

Homemade Granola with Dates, Flaxseed and Coconut






This granola is a finer, much lighter granola than the chunky ones you find in the shops and somewhat different from my quinoa granola. It's a mixture of healthy, wholesome ingredients that once baked turn golden, crispy and make a delicious breakfast. 
It's baked in coconut oil and sunflower oil which gives the granola a nutty undertone along with warming spices and a little orange juice and vanilla. 
I added dates and coconut to mine but you could add whatever you wanted to yours- banana chips, chocolate, a mixture of dried fruit and nuts or even stir in some mashed banana, almond butter or nutella?
The added flaxseed provides essential vitamin D and nutrients.

Ingredients:

250g oats
150g dates
2 heaped tbsp Linwoods flaxseed with biocultures and vitamin D 
100g desiccated coconut 
3tbsp sunflower oil
2 big tbsp coconut oil
3tbsp agave syrup
1tbsp melted butter
1tsp cinnamon
3/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
1tbsp soft brown sugar
3tbsp orange juice
1tsp vanilla

Method:

Preheat your oven to 160 degrees C. 

Measure out the oats and coconut into a large mixing bowl. Finely chop the dates and add to the bowl along with the salt and brown sugar. 


Add in the flaxseed and spices and mix thoroughly




In a small saucepan, melt together the sunflower oil, coconut oil, butter, agave syrup, vanilla and orange juice over a low heat until combined. 

Pour the liquid mixture over the dry ingredients and mix together until all the dry ingredients are coated. 

Pour the granola mixture out onto a baking tray and spread evenly. 


Bake in the preheated oven for around 25 minutes until crispy and golden brown. Make sure to stir the granola with a spatula every 5-10 minutes in order to make sure it bakes evenly. 


Once baked, remove from the oven and store in an air-tight jar. 


Serve with cold natural yoghurt, fresh fruit and a drizzling of honey. 
A delicious start to any morning. 




Eddie was very intiruged as to what I was doing...


And then started licking his lips when he saw that food was involved!

14 comments:

  1. Aw your dog is so cute! I don't blame him for wanting it haha, looks deliciousxx

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    1. haha aw thanks he is such trouble! xxx

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  2. Eddie is so cute! I was just thinking last night of making some homemade granola, thank you!

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    1. oooooh good well I hope it turned out ok:) xx

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  3. Ooo this looks look like a darn good breakfast Katie!
    Lottie xxx
    beautyandacookbook.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thanks Lottie!- it's my favourite kind of breakfast:) xxx

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  4. Eddie is SOOOOO cute! Definitely should do a guest post by him soon. Custard Londoner stylee.

    Katie <3

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    1. hahaha good idea...he'd love all the attention! xx

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  5. This looks exactly like my breakfasts lately! Yogurt, with homemade granola and blueberries - my favorite! This granola sounds delicious. And your dog is so stinkin adorable!

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    1. Thanks Ashley- I love making a batch of granola and then I have a delicious breakfast for the whole week:)xxx

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  6. That looks like a good ol' bowl of deliciousness!! I do love a good breakfast.

    Teffy { Teffys Perks Blog }

    Xx

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  7. Homemade granola is the best. Yours looks so so amazing!

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  8. mmm looks delicious! i put blueberries in my oatmeal every day, will definitely need to try it with some granola sometime!

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Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. It's really appreciated and lovely to hear some feedback. Katie x