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As a healthy breakfast or a tasty snack, granola has to be one of our favourite foods!

While store-bought versions can get quite pricey, none of them can even compete with homemade granola. 

We have made this recipe over and over and we seriously think it is the best you can find. And believe us, no need to be a chef to get it right. 

When your granola is cooked, let it cool down, add some toppings of your choice (if you fancy it) such as chopped chocolate, goji berries or dried cranberries, then store in a jar and enjoy!

The best ever granola

Ingredients

  • 300g rolled oats (you can use porridge oats but it's better with rolled oats)
  • 200g nuts (whatever you can find, pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts, cashews, almonds…), roughly chopped
  • 50g seeds (sunflower, chia, sesame, pumpkin)
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 5 tbsp honey or maple syrup
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp sea salt flakes

Method

  1. Place parchment paper on a large baking sheet. Heat the oven to 150°C.
  2. Place the rolled oats, chopped nuts and seeds in a large mixing bowl and mix.
  3. Add the melted coconut oil, maple syyup and vanilla extract and mix well until the oats and nuts are well coated. 
  4. Add the cinnamon and sea salt flakes and give it a last stir. 
  5. Transfer onto the baking sheet and spread to create an even layer.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes, then stir and bake for a further 10 minutes. Mix again and bake for a further 5 to 10 minutes if needed. You want the oats and the nuts to turn into a nice golden colour. 
  7. Remove from the oven and let cool completely before transferring into a clean jar. It can keep up to one month but let's be honest, it will be long gone.

Chef's tip: keep a close eye on the tray when it bakes as nuts burn really easily. 


 

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We don't know about you, but here in the SHEmazing! HQ, we love granola with a passion.

Whether we use it as topping on our morning porridge, with yoghurt as a yummy dessert, or simply as a tasty little nibble, it has become a part of our every day diet that we don't feel guilty about.  

 

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So when the Happy Pear announce the launch of two new granola recipes, we are first in the line to try them!

After the popular Cool Jim’s Granola, which contains cashews, coconut, raisins, and goji berries, the energic duo has come up with two brand new flavours to mix things up a little. 

Free from any artificial ingredients, Dave’s Cocoa Crunch is a delicious mix of oats, sunflower seeds, coconut, and cocoa powder. Dave created this granola to honour his inner child – when he was a kid he always wanted to eat chocolate-tasting cereals for breakfast, but his mom wouldn’t let him.

Also a great source of fibre, Steve’s Dreamy Granola is made with oats, seeds, nuts, coconut, and raspberries. This is Steve’s low sugar version of granola Nirvana! Both flavours are available now in SuperValu and selected independent foodie stores nationwide.

Because the two brothers have always had a super-competitive mindset, they have had the idea to ask the public to decide who makes the best granola! Will Dave be crowned a granola guru, or will Steve’s gorgeous granola beat him to the granola punch (…of flavour)?

Details of the brekkie battle, as well as how to win free granola, will be released across The Happy Pear social media channels next week, so stay tuned!

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We once thought swapping white toast for a bowl of granola was total health goals, but the more we learn about that crunchy golden goodness the more we find ourselves eyeing it suspiciously in the cereal aisle.

And any notions we may have had about switching it back from a weekend brunch to a daily dish – cos treat yourself, you know? – have been officially dashed after dietary experts reminded us that it contains enough sugar to be considered a dessert.

A dessert, ladies.

According to a report in The Independent, the original granola recipe created in 1863 by Dr. James Caleb Jackson bears no resemblance to the sugary concoction we know and love today.

Speaking to the New York Times, registered dietician, Cassie Bjork, highlighted the inconsistency which exists between the perception the public has of the foodstuff and the perception experts have.

"When I think of granola, I think of piles of sugar," she admitted when explaining why she has it listed as one of the main foods to skip on this year.

"It’s advertised as a healthy choice. But the reality is that it’s usually not," she added.

First gin and now granola – Can we have nothing?!

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This chocolate and nut granola will satiate your sweet cravings while providing you with a healthy, clean and antioxidant-filled breakfast. 

Really, what more could we ask for?!

If you make a big batch of this on a Sunday, it will do you for the week. 

What you'll need:

  • 150g jumbo oats
  • 40g hazelnuts, chopped
  • 40g pecan nuts, chopped
  • 3 tbsp. desiccated coconut
  • 3 tbsp. raw cacoa powder
  • 3 tbsp. maple syrup

What you'll need to do:

  1. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and pre-heat the oven to 180°C. 
  2. In a bowl, combine all of the ingredients, making granola-style 'clusters' with your hands
  3. Spread evenly on the baking tray and cook for about 20 mins, or until golden. Be careful as it can burn very quickly.
  4. Serve with yoghurt and fruit. 
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These tasty granola bars are the perfect healthy mid-morning snack.

Forget those sugary shop-bought kind and bake your own!

What you’ll need:

  • 100g butter
  • 200g porridge oats
  • 100g sunflower seeds
  • 50g sesame seeds
  • 50g chopped walnuts
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 100g light muscovado sugar
  • 100g dried cranberries, cherries or blueberries, or a mix

What you’ll need to do:

1. Butter and line the base of  a roasting tin and heat oven to around 160C.
2. Mix the oats, seeds and nuts in a roasting tin, then put in the oven for 5-10 minutes to toast.
3. Warm the butter, honey and sugar in a pan, stirring until butter is melted.
4. Add the oat mix and dried fruit, then mix until all the oats are well coated.
5. Tip into the tin, press down lightly, then bake for 30 minutes.
6. Cool in tin, then cut into bars.

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This granola recipe is so simple and perfect for those of us who shudder at the thought of porridge. A tastier alternative for getting healthy oats into your diet!

What you’ll need:

  • 150g rolled oats
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 80g mixed nuts
  • 50g pumpkin seeds
  • 50g sunflower seeds
  • 2 tbsp desiccated coconut
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder

 What you’ll need to do:

  1. Preheat oven to 180. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl combine the oats, nuts, seeds, cinnamon, and coconut.
  3. Pour in the honey and using your hands (to get the granola cluster effect) mix the honey with the oats mixture.
  4. If the mixture seems dry add a little more honey.
  5. Transfer the granola mixture to the lined baking tray and spread out as sparsely as possible to ensure even cooking.
  6. Cook for about 20mins, regularly shaking up the oats with a spoon to make sure it all gets cooked.
  7. Remove and allow to cool. Store in an airtight container.
  8. Serve for easy, healthy and fast breakfasts with greek yoghurt, strawberries and banana.
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