Everyone wants to be healthy. We all know we could use more fruits and vegetables, but in today’s food market, there seems to be conflicting information and claims about what foods we should be eating and those that stuff your waistline with empty promises. The temptation is real and that is what makes grocery shopping complicated for me – and I’m sure almost everyone. The shops are overflowing with products and meal options for every craving you could ever imagine. Who hasn’t bought a bag of chips only to find it half filled with air, the other half disappointment? I say skip all that nonsense, premade BS and grab a few basic, REAL ingredients and whip something up yourself! Let’s get our asses to the kitchen!
Granola is always something I encourage my friends & family to make themselves. You can totally customize it, allowing creative control of flavour combos AND making your own is generally cheaper than ballin’ out on a bag at the shops. It is also really hard to mess up – so that’s comforting. So find your fave mason, make a big batch & you’ll have a snack to last you the week. It is one of those things that is beyond satisfying when homemade and tends to be a staple in my home through all seasons -gravitating towards light, refreshing fruit combos in the spring/summer months, and delving into warm spices and heartier nut combos, come fall & winter. This earl grey combo fills up the house with comforting aromas of vanilla, citrus and sweet maple syrup. Whatever flavours you call upon, at the end of it all, it is easy to find pleasure in the fact that your granola is free from artificial additives, preservatives and low in sugar, while full of whole, hearty & good for you ingredients. So here we go –
Earl Grey Granola
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 2 Tbsp earl grey tea
- 1 Tsp vanilla powder
- 1 cup nuts chopped
- 1/4 cup flax seeds
- 1/2 dried white mulberries
- 2 lemons – one zested, the other cut into wedges
- 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
Line a baking tray with parchment paper and set aside.
Combine dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.
Zest 1 lemon over the dry ingredients and mix.
Melt coconut oil if you need to and combine it with the maple syrup.
Add this wet mixture to the dry ingredients in the bowl and stir gentle until everything is evenly coated.
Transfer to baking tray and spread out evenly.
Place in the oven for 20 minutes, rotate the pan and then bake for another 20 minutes.
Remove from oven and allow to completely cool before transferring it to container for storage.
Enjoy with almond milk, yogurt or on its own!