who doesn't love granola - it's crispy, toasty, fruity, nutty goodness...no? well this recipe is anyway - it's so good in fact that i usually eat half of it straight from the oven but i promise you, if you can wait for breakfast, you won't regret it. it's the perfect partner to some thick, creamy greek yoghurt, seductively drizzled with some honey and topped with a banana, or push the boundaries of breakfast and bake some into muffins. the possibilities are endless.......
50g desiccated coconut
75g almonds (or use a mix of nuts, either will work)
2 tbsp seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, chia....etc:)
75g brown sugar
50g coconut oil
75g apple juice
75g mixed fruits (raisins, cherries, cranberries.....etc:)
25g coconut chips
pre-heat the oven to 170 C/325 F/Gas mark 3
mix together the oats, desiccated coconut, nuts and seeds in a large bowl
heat together the sugar, coconut oil and apple juice, until the sugar has melted and the mixture is glossy - don't worry if the oil starts to separate. then gradually pour the liquid over the dry ingredients in the bowl, making sure to mix throughly (i usually get my hands in to make sure everything gets a good, even coating)
spread the mixture out on a baking tray and pop in the oven for about 15 minutes. take out of the oven and give the mixture a good toss, just to make sure nothing is catching and put back into the oven for 10 more minutes until everything is golden brown and crispy
add the mixed fruit and coconut chips and bake for a further 5 minutes or just until the coconut chips have started to toast.
let the granola cool and then spoon into airtight jars; if you can resist eating it all immediately that it!