Cafe style granola you can make at home

I’m a drama queen. I don’t have gallbladder issues, I have a gallbladder that practically exploded. Drastic measures required for dramatic times. When I google-ated what I should eat while in possession of a dodgy gallbladder, the main things were low fat and sugar and higher fibre content.

This helped to kick start my eat like a hippy regime (you see? I don’t change my diet, I eat like a medieval Tibetan monk). Fresh fruit and veg, brown rice, nuts and seeds and lentils n’stuff.

About the same time, My Mate Kathryn had given me a jar of her homemade granola as a gift. When I tried it my whole world changed. It was like my hippy-diet-heroin. Is that drama queen-y? No. I didn’t think so either.

Anyway, I stalked her until she gave me the recipe. I’ve eaten it with fruit and homemade yoghurt almost every day since. That’s not me being dramatic – that’s the actual truth.

I don’t know where she got the recipe, but here it is:

  • 6 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup whole meal flour
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 2 cups mixed nuts
  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup linseeds
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 2 pinches salt

Mix all these dry ingredients together and then mix:

  • 2/3 cup coconut oil
  • 2/3 cup good quality maple syrup (the cheap stuff is too sugary and sickly)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla essence
  • Splash almond essence (optional)

Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and put it into an oven pan (the picture above is my mixture just before putting it in the oven). Put it in a pre-heated oven at 160oC for 60 minutes. Take it out and stir it through every 15 minutes.

Take it out and let it cool completely. Then add about a cup of dried fruit. It can be whatever you like, raisins, dried cranberries, chopped dried dates – whatever takes your fancy.

This makes a good big batch and even eating every day, lasts me a while. Extra bonus – because of the cinnamon and maple syrup, when you’re cooking it, it makes the house smell like donuts.

You’re welcome.

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