Basic recipe for date fruit sweetened granola
A very customizable recipe for homemade granola made from great nutritious foods. It is wonderfully crunchy, sweet and intensely nutty in taste. Along with yogurt, plain or vegetable milk is a very healthy and filling breakfast!
- dry ingredients
- 300g flakes of your choice (oat, rye, barley)
- 150g raw buckwheat (grains)
- 100g nuts of your choice (almonds, hazelnuts, cashews)
- 100g seeds of your choice (flax, sesame, chia, sunflower, pumpkin seeds)
- 50g coconut leaves
- a larger pinch of salt
- spices on request: vanilla, cinnamon, ginger (optional)
- liquid ingredients
- 150g fresh dates / (or 80ml maple syrup or honey)
- 25g melted coconut oil (or butter or other oil of your choice)
- 70ml of water
Preheat the oven to 175 ° C and line a larger baking tray with baking paper, preferably with slightly raised edges so that the granola does not spill when mixing.
In a large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients: oatmeal or some other flakes, buckwheat, coarsely chopped nuts and seeds, coconut and spices. You can use only one type of flakes, seeds and nuts, and you can mix what you like and have in the house.
Clean the dates under running water – remove the stones and thin skin. When blending dates in a mincer, do not remove the skin, but they will not be chopped enough with a fork and then whole pieces remain through the granola. If you don’t mind, leave. Whisk them well with a fork and mix in a bowl with oil and water.
Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ones and mix well with a silicone spatula, until there are no more completely dry ingredients. If necessary, add another tablespoon or two of water, but it is usually not necessary.
Pour everything into a pan and bake for about half an hour, stirring occasionally, at the end a little more often. Granola is ready when the whole house smells irresistible :), when it becomes dark golden in color and when it is dry – so that no steam is created during mixing and it is completely dried.
Allow to cool completely, then sleep in a jar and seal well. It should be kept in good condition for over a month if stored in a dark place. If desired, you can add dried fruits such as cranberries, raisins, apricots and the like.
You can eat granola only with yoghurt or with some vegetable milk or yoghurt (the one in the photos is yellowish because it is oat yoghurt, don’t be surprised). For a more interesting meal, add fresh berries or a teaspoon of homemade chia jam to it or chop a banana, apple, apricot, mango and the like. It’s a great crunchy addition to a smoothie or some similar beverage, over cold oatmeal or overnight flakes.
To make sure that the granola is gluten-free, take care to choose the flakes carefully. Naturally, wheat (and therefore spelled), rye and barley contain gluten, and oatmeal can be found because during processing there is a possibility of it coming into contact with other cereals. If it is important for you to be gluten-free, use oatmeal whose packaging is indicated on it. Also, you can omit the flakes completely, double the amount of buckwheat and in that case, reduce the liquid to 30-40ml.
I calculated the nutritional values for the version only with oatmeal, buckwheat, hazelnuts and almonds in half, as well as with several types of seeds: sesame, flax, pumpkin and sunflower. The amount of granola we eat for one meal varies depending on our needs and whether it is a complete meal or combined with fruit and some supplements. My dose is usually around 35g, I add berries or some other fruit, a teaspoon of nut butter or extra seeds, but for a fair breakfast, if you eat only granola and yogurt (2-3dl), some 50g is probably ok. If I use it only as a sprinkle for cooked or baked fruit with some cream or Greek yogurt, then it is less. You will see for yourself. Granola is made from great foods, full of nutrients that our body loves and needs. About a fifth of carbohydrates are fiber, and quality fats and proteins come from coconut and coconut oil, seeds and nuts, which are also a fantastic source of essential minerals and vitamins. Granola is a great way to start the day!
energy value: 486kcal
total fat: 24.4g
total carbohydrates: 59g
per serving (~ 40g)
energy value: 194kcal
total fat: 10g
total carbohydrates: 24g