Wednesday, 11 December 2013

No added sugar, nut free Granola

I find commercial granolas a bit too sweet if I'm honest and although my son loves things like this for breakfast, they're also pretty expensive and, as a three year old, there is still a choking risk on larger nuts.  Not of course if you make it yourself and control what goes in!  This is refined sugar free!

Home made granola

I have to be totally honest and say the chunks weren't all as quite as big as I would have liked but I suspect I might have to add more honey to make that happen.  There were some satisfyingly large bits though and a tasty and pretty healthy option for breakfast.

This should be for over 1's only due to the honey but also be guided by your child and their ability to chew the delicious chunky bits!  My son has been eating things like this since he was around 2 years old.

Nut free granola



Raisin and Apple Granola makes around 400g (14oz)

Ingredients

2 tbsp Runny honey (substitute for golden syrup, maple syrup or agave nectar to make vegan)
2 tsp Oil (chose a mild, flavourless oil with high monounsaturates for health, like rapeseed)
1 tsp Vanilla extract
250g, 9oz Porridge oats
75g, 2.5oz Unsweetened dessicated coconut
4 tbsp Apple juice
2 tbsp Sunflower seeds
150g, 5.5oz Raisins
50g, 2oz Dried apple

Method

Preheat the oven to 170oC, 325F, Gas mark 3.

Mix the oats, coconut and seeds together in a bowl.

Granola recipe


In a microwavable cup or jug mix the honey, vanilla, oil and juice.  Microwave for approx 30-45 seconds or until the honey mixes in well with the remaining liquids.

Pour the liquids over the dry mix and mix in well.  Turn onto a lined swiss roll tin and press into a layer.

Bake for approx 10 -15 minutes, give it all a stir and bake again for 5-10 more minutes; around 20 mins in total until you have crunchy browned pieces with no soggy bits.

Leave to cool then mix with the raisins, chopped up dried apple and pour into a sealable box (e.g. tupperware).

Sugar free granola


Serve with dairy or soy milk or yogurt and fruit.  My son loved this and suddenly wasn't quite so interested in Shreddies anymore!

I've linked this up here.

Make it Thrifty:


Look out for 'value' or 'smart price' packs of porridge oats, they work fine and are much cheaper than the branded varieties.

4 comments:

  1. Love it! :-) I've pinned it to my real eats board so I have it to make after all the Christmas visits. Thanks for linking up with Nomday Monday! Merry Christmas!

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  2. I've been looking for a good granola recipe. The good store ones are really expensive. Will give it a try. Thanks for bring it by foodie friday.

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    1. I hope you enjoy, I'm already thinking of variations!

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