Homemade Granola

Breakfast time just got a little more epic with this super delicious homemade granola.

Now, I am as fussy as can be when it comes to granola and muesli options that are served up in our face on the supermarket shelves. The amount of money I have spent on breakfast cereals to then be totally let down, boring no flavour muesli that cost an arm and a leg.

Well, I got fed up with being disappointed so went on a hunt to try to find a good old-fashioned recipe for granola, after a few trials I have finally achieved what I think is the best combo of yummy crunchy, nuttiness, caramelised goodness.

We make this once a week and is the perfect amount for myself and partner to have each morning for the week, our kids even love it, and the good thing is you actually don't need a lot to fill you up, 1/2 - 1 cup is the perfect amount.

2-1/2 cups rolled oats
1/2 - 1 cup unsalted almonds, roughly chopped
1/2 cup buckwheat (I use raw)
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
1/2 cup wheat germ or grounded LSA
1 cup shredded or desiccated coconut
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup honey
1 cup dried cranberries or any other dried fruit such as apricots.

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil.
Combine the oats, buckwheat, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, wheat germ, coconut, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl and mix well.
In a small bowl, whisk together the honey and oil until combined, I pop mine in the microwave to soften. Pour over the dry ingredients and mix well. Spread the granola mixture evenly onto the prepared baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes, stirring and re-spreading a few times with a spatula, until the entire mixture is medium golden brown. Watch carefully towards the end; it burns quickly and will brown first in the corners and on the bottom.
As the granola starts to cool down it will clump together so just break it up with the spatula or your hands a few times. Mix in the dried fruits, you can even add in some chopped up dark chocolate which is super yummy. Once cooled store in an airtight container.

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