Most commercial cereals are packed with fats and sugars, yet granola is simple to make yourself. This version includes nuts and seeds for healthy monounsaturated and omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids. It is cooked at a lower temperature than commercial granolas, in order to preserve the essential fats. Instead of added sugar, apple juice is combined with a little coconut oil to form a healthy crunchy cereal.
- 125g/4½oz/1¼ cups buckwheat flakes
- 125g/4½oz/1¼ cups gluten-free porridge oats (oatmeal)
- 60g/2oz/½ cup flaked almonds
- 60g/2oz/½ cup pecans, roughly chopped
- 60g/2oz/½ cup walnuts, chopped
- 60g/2oz/½ cup sunflower seeds
- 60g/2oz/½ cup pumpkin seeds
- 2 tbsp flaxseeds
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 4 tbsp melted coconut oil
- 125ml/4fl oz/½ cup apple juice
- 115g/4oz dried unsweetened mixed berries or dried cherries
- Preheat the oven to 150°C/300°F, gas mark 2.
- Place the oats, buckwheat flakes, nuts, seeds and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl.
- Mix together the melted coconut oil and apple juice. Stir into the dry ingredients. Mix thoroughly to combine, adding a little water to form a moist mixture.
- Spread the mixture on to a large baking tray and bake for 40–50 minutes until golden, stirring halfway through.
- Leave to cool, then stir in the dried fruit. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.