In an attempt to eat healthier, I went on the lookout for a low calorie granola recipe. There were bits of some I liked but then also bits I didn’t so after searching through a lot of recipes, I decided to come up with one of my own. A mixture of things I would like to see added to my granola, and also things I just happened to have in the cupboard at the time. I call it, Granola a La Studd! Original, catchy, I like it.
2 cups oats (not instant)
¼ cup brown sugar
1/3 cup apple juice
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup chia seeds
½ cup slivered almonds
¼ cup coconut
¼ cup dried apricots
1 tsp vanilla essence
1tbs olive oil
Preheat oven to 180°. Place brown sugar, apple juice and honey in a saucepan and heat on medium until combined.
Once combined, take off the heat and stir in vanilla and oil. Taste and see if you would like it sweeter, if so, melt in some more honey or even some maple syrup!
Place oats, chia, almonds and coconut in a large bowl and mix until combined. Make a well in the centre and pour in the liquid mixture.
Mix together until just combined – be careful not to overwork as you want it to clump.
Line a baking tray with non-stick paper, spread the mixture on top and flatten with a spatula.
Bake in the oven until the mixture starts to brown, checking every now and then so the mixture doesn’t burn. This should take around 30 mins. You will need to keep an eye on it though.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly before adding the apricots. Once completely cool, place in an airtight container until you’re ready to use it.