Crunchy granola recipe that features rolled oats, red quinoa, raw almonds, hazelnuts and apples. Oh, such a healthy bite! :)
If you stumble upon my post today, and you haven’t never tried coconut oil for many reasons, then you first should know that you DON’T need necessarily coconut oil to make a great granola. I am the type of person who tries to keep in general things, in particular recipes as simple and easy as possible.
I am almost three months into blogging ( yeaaahh) and haven’t posted a granola recipe yet. I first thought that I would not bring any new flavor or twist to your favorite granola (in case you have one) as it has been posted over and over again by almost every single blog out there that promotes a healthy lifestyle.
However, after a couple of hours of intensive research on the Internet, I realized that I could show you the other side of the coin.
You see, most of the blogs keep highlighting the amount of the ingredients when posting a new granola recipe (up to 8 ingredients each time) and the importance of each one of them. For instance, coconut oil is one of them.
However, there are a couple of reasons why you should make your own granola, regardless of your favorite ingredients or the ones you have at hand:
1. Adding homemade granola to your breakfast routine makes that plain yoghurt or milk you have on a regular basis so much more interesting. You can even go crazy and make it quite special, by topping it off with fresh fruits of your choice.
2. You can simply munch on them! They can mostly contain fruits, nuts, seeds and oats, which make them so crunchy with a cookie-like consistency, such a perfect and healthy snack.
3. They last forever! You can keep them in airtight containers to have them last for a while, especially if you happen to skip the breakfast routine on a regular basis.
4. My favorite reason is that you are the one in control!!! What do I mean by that? Well, have you ever read the ingredient list on a bag of granola bought from the grocery shop? Wooow!!! I don’t even understand most of the terms or, even worse, not to mention the amount of refined sugar and additives.
Having said all that, before going on with my exceptionally simple list of ingredients to make it possible in every single house, I would like to mention that most of the times (with a few exceptions) there is no need to complicate things or ingredients in order to get a healthy and great result. Just use what you have at hand and make it happen.
For example, I used only the ingredients I have had in the pantry like rolled oats, red quinoa, raw almonds and hazelnuts, a tiny splash of honey (as I ran out), a cup of almond milk, vanilla essence (as I ran out of vanilla ground too) and an apple. And here it comes once again your promised healthy bite! :)
My result is a crunchy and a little bit sweet (remember that I ran out of honey) granola exploding with roasted almond and hazelnut flavors. Tell me who it goes with yours.
- 300 ml / 3 cups / 250 g rolled oats
- 100 ml / ½ cups / 90 g red quinoa, uncooked
- 120 ml / ½ cup / 80 g raw almond
- 120 ml / ½ cup / 80 g raw hazelnut
- 1 cup of almond milk (or your choice)
- ¼ tsp vanilla essence
- 1 tablespoons of raw honey
- 1 fresh apple, thinly chopped
- Preheat the oven to 250°C (~480°F) and line a baking tray with baking paper.
- In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients, oats, quinoa, almonds, hazelnuts, vanilla essence, honey, apple and milk and use your hands to mix smoothly.
- Spread the granola in an even layer on the baking tray. Place it in the over and bake for approximately 20 minutes, stirring halfway through. The granola should be turning lightly golden-red ish.
- Set aside to cool and crisp up. Serve it with yoghurt (or organic yoghurt if you are vegan/vegetarian) or milk (almond milk is my favorite) and extra fresh fruits.
Get creative, use the ingredients you have on hand and stay healthy! Make sure you only "cook it fit".