Low-sugar coconut granola

Low-sugar coconut granola
  • Serves icon Makes about 900g
  • Time icon Hands-on time 10min, oven time 15 min

While most shop-bought granolas are alarmingly high in sugar, our granola recipe is lower in sugar and made with coconut oil, coconut flakes, mixed fruits, nuts and seeds.

Traditional version (per 25g): 111kcals, 4.4g fat (1.7g saturated) 2.3g protein, 14.7g carbs (7.9g sugars), no salt, 1.9g fibre

delicious. makeover (per 25g): 106kcals, 5.8g fat (2.3g saturated), 2.9g protein, 10.7g carbs (1.3g sugars), no salt, 1.8g fibre

Ingredients

  • 6 tbsp coconut oil
  • 500g mixed rolled grains, such as oats and rye
  • 100g coconut flakes (see Knowhow)
  • 100g dried fruit, cut into smaller pieces if large (we used dried cranberries and apricots)
  • 100g mixed nuts, roughly chopped (we used almonds and hazelnuts)
  • 100g mixed seeds (we used pumpkin and sunflower)
  • 2-3 tbsp pure maple syrup, or to taste
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Method

  1. Heat the oven to 170ºC/fan150ºC/gas 3½. In a small saucepan, gently warm the coconut oil until it melts to an even pouring consistency. Remove from the heat and leave to cool slightly.
  2. Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Add the maple syrup and vanilla to the melted coconut oil and stir well.
  3. Pour the coconut oil mixture over the dry ingredients, then work well with your Hands, lifting and mixing until all ingredients are covered in a light sheen. Taste and add more maple syrup if needed.
  4. Line 4 baking sheets with baking paper, then divide the granola among them in a single layer (or use two baking sheets and work in batches). It’s important the granola isn’t too crowded when it goes into the oven.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes, giving the granola a gentle stir halfway through. Keep an eye on it from around the 10 minute mark to prevent burning.
  6. Remove the baking sheets from the oven and set aside for the granola to cool completely. Transfer to an airtight container, ready to sprinkle over yogurt or poached fruit.

delicious. tips

  1. We used health-boosting coconut oil and maple syrup instead of the more usual sunflower oil and refined sugar. In fact we managed to reduce the amount of sugar by 83 per cent. We also used low-GI ingredients such as mixed grains, nuts and seeds, which help to keep blood sugar levels stable.

  2. The finished granola will keep in an airtight container for up to 4 weeks.

  3. Coconut flakes are large curls of coconut flesh – not to be confused with desiccated coconut. Find them in greengrocers and health food shops.

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