I’ve been making granola for some time now as I have always found that anything I’ve bought contains far too much sugar. Preparing your own at home is incredibly easy, quick, and allows you to control the amount of sugar you add, while also varying the ingredients and adding the flavours that you love. It also makes your house smell unbelievably good – like you’ve been baking all day.
Whole oats are loaded with dietary fibre (containing more than many other grains) and have a range of healthy cholesterol-lowering properties, high in protein, and contain vitamins and minerals like folate, iron, and magnesium. I tend to use organic jumbo oats.
I always add nuts and seeds to my granola for flavour, texture, extra nutrients and added healthy proteins. The only fruit I add is stewed apple, it’s also a great way to use up the overripe ones in the fruit bowl that nobody wants to eat. To sweeten, I prefer brown rice syrup, honey and maple syrup, if you can’t find brown rice syrup you can replace it with ordinary syrup.
Super Tasty Low Sugar Granola
- 450 g Jumbo Oats
- 1 Large or 2 Small Dessert Apple approximately 180g once pureed
- 120 g Mixed Seeds (Linseeds Sesame, Pumpkin, Sunflower
- 30 g Chia Seeds
- 75 g Brown Rice Syrup or Syrup
- 30 g Runny Honey
- 30 g Maple Syrup
- 1 1/2 tsp Ground Ginger
- 1 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
- 100 g Nuts I used Pecan, hazel & pistachio
- 10 g Coconut Oil
- 30 g Desiccated Coconut
- A pinch of Sea Salt
- Preheat the oven to 160°C. Begin with the dessert apple, peel and core and then cut into dice. Place in a saucepan with a little water and bring to a simmer, reduce the heat and cover with a lid. Cook for 5-7 minutes then mash with a potato masher.
- Place all the dry ingredients in a large bowl, weigh out the syrup, honey and maple and pour over the oat mixture, finely add the hot apple puree and stir well, adding the puree hot helps to melt the syrups and honey, therefore, coating the oats more evenly.
- Place the oat mixture on a large baking tray spreading the oats out as much as possible, (you may need two trays).
- Place in the oven and set the timer for 10 minutes, when the time is up, taking a spatula and move the granola around on the tray. Set the timer for another 10 minutes and do the same. Continue until the oats are golden brown. Cool and place in an airtight container.