HOMEMADE QUINOA, OATS AND COCONUT GRANOLA

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I’ll be eating granola for weeks…

Hi all!
Life has a way of distracting me from writing, but I’m hoping to slowly but surely start adding posts back into this blog. I’ve had so many adventures that deserve posts, I’ve been to South America, I’ve a trip to India coming up, I’m starting Blackhall in September (they say it’s like being back at college. Can’t wait!) and I’ve moved back up to Dublin. All things that I probably update you all on, but I think I’m just going to have to try and trickle my life stories in bit by bit. I’ll try, that’s all I can promise guys!
I’ll start with this weekend. The last weekend of June. Anyone else feel like the summer is flying by too quickly? Then again, it almost always does. I spent the weekend at Pride, attending the parade yesterday afternoon and hanging out in Smithfield for the post parade party. It was all brilliant.

I actually think I prefer Pride to St Patrick’s – more colour, less tourists, better weather and full of street parties! It’s one of my favourite events in the summer and yesterday didn’t disappoint.

We decided to finish the day by attending the Walking on Cars gig in Kilmainham supported by a duo from the UK called Oh Wonder. It was such a lovely way to end the day and I have to say that the gig was absolutely phenomenal. The last time that I saw Walking on Cars was at the NYE festival in Dublin and although they didn’t disappoint then, I feel like they really brought their best to the show last night. If any of you have an opportunity to go see them, do!

Us chilling before the gig!

 

Anyway, today is a Sunday that I really couldn’t be bothered doing much with. I’ve managed to come down with a cold, so I’ve been staying in trying to shake that off too.
What does one do when you’re housebound and bored?
Raid the cupboards! Or at least that’s what I do.
I had a load of dry ingredients taking up space in my cupboards, so I decided to try and use them up and make myself some homemade granola.
The results?
It was delicious! And I accidentally made enough to do us for the next three weeks… at least.
So since it’s been a while since I added any new recipes to this page, I’ll give you all my (only once) tired and tested granola recipe!
Ingredients:
100g quinoa (uncooked)
300g rolled oats
50g flaxseed (optional)
50g almonds (or nuts of choice)
100g dried fruit of choice
75g dissected coconut
50g sunflower seeds
50g pumpkin seeds
75g dried berries (I used cherries!)
70g maple syrup / agave syrup
150g coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla essence

2 tsp cinnamon

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 120 degrees. Line two / three tins with grease proof paper.
  2. Mix oats and quinoa together with seeds and flaxseed.
  3. Melt coconut oil and pour over dry ingredients.
  4. Add maple syrup, vanilla essence and cinnamon.
  5. Place granola mix on the lined tins and spread out evenly on the tins.
  6. Put the tins in the oven and leave for 70ish mins, until golden and crispy!
  7. Remove from tins, add in dried fruit, coconut and leave to cool.
Place in jars or whatever your container of choice is and serve with natural yogurt, greek yogurt or soya if you’re vegan. Milk works well with it too, or if you’re like me you might find yourself just eating straight from the jar with a spoon…
Enjoy x
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