HOMEMADE GRANOLA & ACAI BOWL
You lot know that I really strive to make as many things as possible myself – I make things homemade to get them exactly as I imagine them. I like testing recipes to get perfectly crisp apple chips, making a TV stand that fits perfectly in the corner of my living room or DIYing pompom sandals with just the right number of pompoms on. When it comes to food, I obviously also aim to cut out all the crap that we find in so many commercial products.
I have been trying to perfect my homemade granola recipe for a little while now. I wanted to make a recipe using only natural sugars because I know most of us (myself included) eat way too much refined sugar and I can’t tell you how happy I am with this last batch! It’s crunchy, chunky, healthy, sweetened only with dates and packed full of goodness.
Just a little note before jumping into the full recipe, I like granola that is just slightly sweet as I often add it to smoothie bowls or acai bowls which are pretty sweet as they are but if you want a sweeter recipe, you could add a tablespoon or two of maple syrup to the date paste.
- 100g buckwheat flakes
- 250g dates, soaked overnight in water
- 2 tablespoons date water (the water you soaked the dates in will end up being quite sweet so you can use this)
- 200g oats
- 25g rice pops (plain, unsweetened puffed rice)
- 25g coconut flakes
- 60g hazelnuts, roughly chopped
- 60g almonds, roughly chopped
- 1 heaped teaspoon cinnamon
Soak 250g of pitted dates in a bowl of water overnight.
Preheat oven to 150°C. Using a blender, pulse the buckwheat flakes if they are very big. Place them in a mixing bowl. Then, using the blender, blitz the dates and 2 tablespoons of the date water together to get a rough paste. Add all other dry ingredients to the mixing bowl and mix together. Add the date paste to the bowl and use your hands to cover the dry ingredients in the paste. You should see the mix starting to stick together.
On a baking tray covered in baking parchment, spread the granola out evenly and push down with your hands so it’s quite compact. Bake in the oven at 150°C for 40 minutes. Remove from the oven and break up the granola into chunks using a spatula and place back in the oven at 180°C for 10 more minutes. This makes for a toasted and crunchy granola. Test a cooled piece to make sure it’s crunchy enough for you.
Leave to cool and store in an airtight container.
I thought I’d share my go-to recipe with you all because I have been making this all summer long and you’ve got to give it a go!
Acai bowl, makes 1
- 1 chopped banana, frozen
- a handful of frozen berries (I used blueberries, blackberries and raspberries)
- 250ml coconut milk (I use Alpro’s coconut milk that you can drink)
- 1 teaspoon acai powder
- 2-3 ice cubes
Blend all ingredients together until you get a slushy consistency (it shouldn’t be completely runny) and serve with homemade granola, a chopped banana, chia seeds, blueberries and any other healthy goodness.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful day. xS