Make your own granola with this easy recipe that’s packed with delicious, nutritious nuts
If you’re a fan of granola, buying it off the shelf regularly can be costly. Luckily, granola is easy to make and versatile. Plain yoghurt with granola, for example, is a healthy breakfast option. Alternatively, put granola in cereal, or have it with a bowl of milk and chopped fruit. You can also put it in a salad for crunchy, tasty goodness.
This granola recipe features almonds, pistachios and raisins, but you can include or replace any other kind of nut, dried fruit and/or seeds you like, such as cashew nuts, walnuts, pecans, dried cranberries, figs, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds.
Almonds contain lots of healthy fats, fibre, protein, magnesium and vitamin E. A handful of almonds a day will lower your blood sugar level, reduce blood pressure and lower cholesterol. It also cuts hunger pangs and promotes weight loss. The health benefits of pistachios include a healthy heart, weight management, better digestion, and reduced risk of diabetes and hypertension. Raisins are essentially dehydrated grapes and are packed with iron and potassium as well as concentrated B vitamins, to give you long-lasting energy.
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup almonds and pistachios
- 3/4 cup raisins
- 1/4 cup organic olive or coconut oil
- 1/4 cup honey
- A pinch of salt
- Heat the honey and oil over low heat till it begins to bubble. Remove from heat.
- Toss the oats, nuts and salt in a bowl. Stir the honey mixture in, coating everything well.
- Spread the mixture evenly on a tray lined with lightly oil-greased baking paper. Bake for 30–35 minutes at 160°C or until the mixture is golden and crunchy. Stir every 10 minutes for an even colour.
- Once baked, allow to cool, mix in the raisins and store the granola in an airtight container.