Easy Homemade Granola

I developed this recipe so it can be easily adjusted to whatever you have in the cupboard! The below recipe is for a 4-serving portion, but it can be easily scaled up or down as long as the ratios are the same. 

the good stuff:

Oats are a good source of low glycemic index carbohydrate - this means that they doesn't increase your blood sugar very quickly, and therefore avoids that mid-morning slump. Oats also contain a certain type of sugar called beta-glucans which have been shown to reduce bad cholesterol, making porridge a heart healthy breakfast. Dried fruit counts towards your 5 a day, and nuts provide healthy fats. Making your own granola also means you can control how much sugar is added. 

ingredients: (serves 4)

1 cup oats

1 cup dried fruit and nuts (I use cranberries, macadamias, sesame and pumpkin seeds)

1/4 cup oil

1/4 cup agave nectar

method:

Preheat the oven to 110C fan. Line a large baking tray with greaseproof paper. 

Add the oil and agave nectar to a small saucepan and warm on a low heat for 5 minutes. In a mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Once heated, add the oil and agave to the dry ingredients and mix well. Spread this mixture out in the lined baking tray and cook in the oven for 20-30 minutes. Check regularly to ensure it doesn't burn. Once cooked, the mixture will be brown but still soft, it will crisp as it cools. Store in an airtight container.