I had been meaning to make my own granola for some time so when I saw this Deliciously Ella recipe I thought I’d give it a go! People often have the perception that granola is a really healthy breakfast option (I used to think so too!)- it can be, but often supermarket granola is super sweet and full of sugar. Making your own means you can control what you put into it- I always love tweaking recipes! I added a little orange zest into the coconut oil and maple syrup mix but next time I think I’d add even more zest and juice, or even some orange extract, to make it more fruity!  I love mine paired with yoghurt and fruit, or sprinkled on top of a bowl of creamy porridge- yum!


400g of jumbo oats
60g of toasted coconut chips
50g of pumpkin seeds
70g of sunflower seeds
1 teaspoon of vanilla powder
160ml of maple syrup
4 teaspoons of cinnamon
90g of coconut oil
Squeeze of orange juice
40g of flaked almonds
100g of raisins

1. Pre-heat the oven to 140C (fan).

2. Heat the coconut oil and maple syrup over a low heat until melted. Remove the pan from heat and add the orange juice, cinnamon and vanilla.

3. Mix rest of ingredients (apart from the toasted coconut chips and raisins) together in a big mixing bowl and pour over the melted coconut oil and maple syrup.

4. Spread the mixture evenly on a lined baking tray and bake, stirring every 5 minutes until golden brown (this should take about 45 minutes). Remove the tray from oven and leave to cool. When the granola reaches room temperature, mix in the toasted coconut chips and raisins.

Recipe: http://deliciouslyella.com/crunchy-orange-coconut-and-vanilla-granola/