Monday, 25 January 2016

How to Make Gorgeous, Healthy Granola in 7 Quick & Easy Steps inc Gluten-free, Nut-free or Oat-Free Versions!


It takes just 7 quick & easy steps to make your own gorgeous, healthy granola. Crunchy and golden, home-made granola not only tastes far superior to shop-bought varieties, it can also be customised to your own tastes and dietary preferences. Almost certainly, it will also be healthier too by being lower in fat and refined sugar in comparison. Need a gluten-free version? No problem! Allergic to nuts? No problem! Want to boost the protein-content? No problem, and the list goes on! 

7 Steps to Home-made Granola Gorgeousness

Let’s start with the basics and then I’ll cover what you need to do to customise it to your requirements.
  1. Start with rolled oats then add flakes such as barley, wheat and rye to make the granola base. Gluten-free options include wholegrain puffed brown rice or quinoa flakes, which are also high in protein.
  2. Next add flavourings such as dried fruit, dried coconut, chopped nuts and seeds.
  3. Sweeten the granola mix with natural sweeteners such as honey or maple syrup plus fruit juice such as apple.
  4. Finally add a little low saturated fat plant oil, for example, olive, sunflower or rapeseed, which helps make the baked granola extra crisp and crunchy.
  5. Mix together really well to combine, making sure that there are no dry patches.
  6. Spread onto lined baking sheets and bake in a low oven for 35-45 mins, turning the mixture over every 10-15 mins until golden and crunchy.
  7. Allow to cool completely and then store in an air-tight container. Alternatively, you can freeze portions.
You can watch my video demonstrating making granola here: 

Or how about using homemade granola to make my Pumpkin Granola Muffins here:


Free-From Granola Recipe Tips

Protein-rich Gojiberries
Protein-rich Gojiberries
  • For gluten-free granola, choose a base combination of certified gluten-free oats, wholegrain puffed brown rice and quinoa flakes.
  • For a nut-free version, replace the nuts with extra seeds.
  • To boost the protein content, add quinoa flakes, dried gojiberries, pumpkin seeds and/or peanuts and almonds.

Heart-Healthy Granola Recipe Tips

  • Oats and barley flakes are rich sources of beta gluten which research has shown can help lower blood cholesterol levels (more on beta gluten rich foods here).
  • To make granola really low in saturated fat, use rapeseed oil.

Looking for Super Delicious Granola Recipe Inspiration?

If you're looking for some granola recipe inspiration, then why not take a look at my Healthy Brunch & Breakfast Eats Cookbook or my Gluten Free & Wheat Free Brunch & Breakfast Cookbook? Both books feature delicious granola recipes such as Spiced Pumpkin, Apple & Walnut Granola or Lemon, Blueberry & Honey Granola, plus many more ideas too.

Available to buy as a Paperback & Kindle Book from Amazon:

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