Almond, Cinnamon and Goji Berry Granola

Almond, cinnamon and goji berry granola

I’ve tried and failed so many times to make my own granola. To be fair, I’ve never taken the process that seriously, quite often simply stirring up a bunch of oats with a few almonds, coconut oil and honey, shoving it all in the oven and hoping for the best. Each time I’d somehow expect a different outcome, but without fail I’d end up with a flavourless, sometimes-burnt mix that’s only destiny was to be thrown directly in the bin. Seeing as my oven-made granola was turning out to be a failure, I thought I’d give making it on the hob a go; turns out, I wildly prefer this method. Here you’re totally in control, able to watch over the mix to prevent it burning and only adding in ingredients exactly when they need to be added. This creates a gloriously nutty, cinnamony mix (the smell while cooking is just heavenly), the addition of goji berries giving the perfect amount of chew. Enjoy!

Ingredients

– 1 cup rolled oats
– ½ tsp salt
– 1 tbsp melted coconut oil
– 2 tbsp agave syrup
– ½ cup flaked almonds
– 1 tsp cinnamon
– ¼ cup goji berries

Make

1. Heat a large pan over a low temperature before adding your oats and letting them start to toast for a couple of minutes.

2. Add the melted coconut oil and salt and stir thoroughly. Continue to toast the oats for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3. Add the agave syrup and stir to evenly coat the mixture, again toasting/stirring for a further 5 minutes.

4. Once the oats are looking fairly toasted, add the almonds and cinnamon, toasting for yet another 5 minutes, watching carefully and stirring to ensure even cooking/prevent burning.

5. Remove from the pan and mix in the goji berries.

6. Let the granola cool before popping it in a jar and enjoying with your next bowl of yoghurt (if you manage to resist eating it all straight from the pan!).

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  • I’m a big fan of making my own granola, and I’ve even been recruited by family members to make granola for them, but I’ve never used the stove-top method and it’s been on my to-try list since forever!
    Sounds absolutely delicious, and I’ll definitely be giving this a try soon =)

    • I’ve become a big fan too! I haven’t experimented much yet, I’ve been sticking to this particular recipe, but I’m looking forward to trying some new flavour combos.
      I definitely recommend the stove-top, I like how you can add things just when they need to be added as opposed to lumping it all in together and expecting everything to cook for the right amount of time… as I said in the post that method has never worked well for me, though I’m almost ertain I wasn’t going about it in the ‘proper’ way :P