Homemade Granola

I’m not a fan of cereal for breakfast, I find it too sweet and I’m always hungry an hour later.

I know porridge is a good option and thankfully 3 out of 4 of our children love it, but I just can’t face it in the morning, it’s too heavy and I just can’t convince myself that it’s nice. As a result I normally have toast and a poached egg, and my little lookalike, Miss Emily, is the same.
In an effort to try something different I decided to make some home made granola.
Now if you’re  thinking of that sweet, teeth breakingly hard, clumpy stuff you buy in the supermarket then think again. 
This is delicious, but not sickly sweet, and served with some Glenilen Yoghurt is a great, hunger busting, breakfast.

I’ve used stewed apple to add a natural sweetness to this…great way to use up some of the apple surplus this time of year. I stewed regular eating apples in a tiny amount of water in the microwave for this.

200g Jumbo Porridge Fkakes
70g Sunflower Seeds
70g Sesame Seeds
70g Pumpkin Seeds
150g of mixed nuts ( I used Tesco Mixed Nuts and just chopped the Brazil Nuts)
4/5 Tablespoons of Stewed Apple
1 Tablespoon of Highbank Organic Apple Syrup or Maple Syrup
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon 
1 tablespoon of sunflower oil or coconut oil
Preheat oven to 170.
Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl, ensure they are well combined.

Spread the mixture out on a roasting tray.
Cook for 20 mins and then give everything another mix and cook for another 10/15 minutes. You want it to be golden but not over cooked as it will be too hard, it crisps up a little more as it cools.
Store in a airtight container. It will last for a few weeks
Can be eaten with yoghurt, milk or on it’s own as a snack between meals.

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