Amazing No Sugar Granola
Serves: 1 large Kilner Jar
 
Ingredients
  • 300g rolled oats
  • 200g pitted dates
  • 100g dried apricots, chopped
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 60g dried berries
  • 60g hazelnuts
  • 60g linseed
  • 60g cashew nuts
  • 60g pumpkin seeds
  • 60g sunflower seeds
  • 90ml boiling water
  • 150ml apple juice
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 160C and line a large lipped baking sheet or roasting tin with silicone or non-stick baking parchment.
  2. Place your dates in a bowl and cover with 90ml boiling water as you want them to soften. Place cling film over the top and leave for 5 minutes, or place in the microwave for 1 minute.
  3. Next, pop the softened fruit into a mixer or use a hand blender to puree to a pulp. Add the bananas so you have a thick smoothie.
  4. Put all your dry ingredients (but not the dried fruits) into a bowl and mix in the date and banana smoothie. Use a large metal spoon or even your hands to help break the mixture up and separate any large chunks.
  5. Add the apple juice which will help to loosen the mix slightly. If it still seems too clumpy you can always add a dash more apple juice but you do want some lumps.
  6. Spread the mixture out onto the baking sheet and place in the oven for 10-15 minutes until it starts to turn slightly golden. At this point, stir it and break up any big bits. Pop back in the oven and after 10 minutes give it another stir. Do this for up to 30-40 minutes until it's all nice and dry.
  7. Leave to cool and then add in your dried fruits such as apricots and raisins. If you added them earlier they would just burn in the oven.
  8. Serve with yogurt and/or compote and nibble on throughout the day!
  9. Or make granola bircher – mixing yoghurt and granola with some grated apple the night before.
Notes
It's really easy to vary the nuts and seeds depending on what you like best.
Recipe by Cooking Them Healthy at http://www.cookingthemhealthy.com/amazing-granola/