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Eating Snacks

Homemade Granola

Lemon Cupcakes-2

 

The kids like to keep me on my toes (i.e. – ensure that I am never able to finish a meal in one sitting if they are awake), so when I came across this recipe for homemade granola, I knew I had to try it because:

  1. Breakfast that you can toss into a bowl and top with yoghurt = win.
  2. I had finally found a recipe that would use up the multiple bags of oats I had laying around from when I used to add oats to Yusuf’s bath water to relieve his eczema.
  3. This is brilliant for nursing mamas – it really boosts supply and is a great way to start or continue (depending on whether you’ve had any sleep at all) your day.

This was ridiculously easy to make – I can’t believe how much this costs in stores! Here’s the recipe that I adapted from How Jen Does It on YouTube:

You will need:

6 cups of quick oats
6 tablespoons of brown sugar
2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup of honey (I used some wonderful local Oxfordshire honey that we bought at the Willowbrook Farm when we camped there last year)
¾ cup of coconut oil
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
Coconut flakes, cranberries, or any other fruit, nut, seed combination you love.

Preheat your oven to 150 °C. Lightly grease two baking trays, one large tray, or just do it in two batches like I did.

If you’re in a massive hurry, toss the wet ingredients (honey, oil, and vanilla extract) into a mixer and mix until well combined. In another bowl, combine the oats, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt and then pop that in the mixer with the wet ingredients and mix until well combined (on low).

Spread the mixture out onto your sheets and bake for 15 minutes. Stir the granola to ensure it bakes evenly and then put it back in the oven to bake for another 15 minutes. Check every 5 minutes or so – I found I needed the full 15 minutes, but you may need less, depending on your oven – you don’t want the granola to get too brown.

Once out of the oven, allow the granola to cool and then sprinkle in your dried fruit, nuts, seeds or anything else you’d like in there. I used dried cranberries and coconut flakes.

If you try this, I’d love to know what combinations you used – Leave me a comment to let me know!

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14 Comments

  • Reply
    Ayeesha Dicali
    April 21, 2016 at 7:17 pm

    I am definitely tryng this at home. But how long does it stays fresh? Can it be stored for a few days?

    • Reply
      Iman
      April 28, 2016 at 1:08 pm

      It can be stored for quite a while in an airtight bottle – but it won’t last that long! Bet you it’ll all be finished before you know it!

  • Reply
    Umm Johar
    April 21, 2016 at 10:51 pm

    Salaam! Masha’Allah! This looks sooo good and so easy to make! I love how you can make it beforehand. I think my kids would really enjoy this. Thanks so much for sharing!

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    Nakida
    April 21, 2016 at 11:42 pm

    I was thinking I can topped this granola on a brown sugar cake, i think it will be delicious. This looks so good as a snack, I do love crunchy treats and this is just right up my alley.

    • Reply
      Iman
      April 28, 2016 at 1:07 pm

      That is such an interesting idea! I presume you have the brown sugar cake recipe on your blog? I’m going to pop over and take a look 🙂

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    Sainab Sharif
    April 22, 2016 at 11:26 am

    Masha’Allah this looks soo easy to make and tasty! it’s so true granola is expensive to buy especially when you can make it at home!

  • Reply
    Ruku
    April 22, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    My husband loves granola, and I have a huge bag of oats in the pantry that is begging to be cooked, so I might have to give this a go iA. Can I substitute Agave nectar for the honey in this recipe?

    • Reply
      Iman
      April 28, 2016 at 1:07 pm

      I’m pretty sure you can – my huge bag of oats is now nearly finished from baking these batches – it’s the best way to use it all up!

  • Reply
    Gemma Elizabeth
    April 22, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    Granola is such a nutritious breakfast! This recipe looks great. I’ll have to try it. It wonderful knowing the children are eating something healthy in the mornings ( …and by the way, we love Willow Brook Farm too! I haven’t been there yet, but we used to order our meat from there. Small world!)

  • Reply
    Afreen Zia
    April 23, 2016 at 5:53 am

    Looks great..Healthy breakfast

  • Reply
    madeeha mateen
    June 2, 2016 at 3:00 am

    what can be used as a substitute for coconut oil?

    • Reply
      Iman
      June 3, 2016 at 11:37 pm

      Hi Madeeha! You could use butter, sunflower oil or any other oil alternative 🙂

      • Reply
        madeeha mateen
        June 11, 2016 at 7:23 pm

        Jazak Allah Khair .

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    Afra - Through Mamas Eyes
    December 13, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    I need to try this! We need variety for breakfast options and I am going to get this done as soon as I can get a huge bag of oats from costco lol. xx

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