I love granola but I hate that it is branded as a health food when the shopped bought ones are full of sugar and fat. They are also usually made with gluten grains and dried coconut – both of which upset my stomach. Making your own granola also allows you to pick and choose which nuts, seeds and fruits you use.
I have never used buckwheat before but had a bag sitting around in my cupboard for a while so decided it would become a healthier granola. It works well with pumpkin seeds too as they have a similar taste. Of course you can add oil and sugary syrups if you wish but it feels a lot more virtuous this way. Alpro do a brilliant vanilla pouring yogurt that would be delicious with the granola and bring the sweetness you may be craving. Me, I will be having mine with almond milk and maybe a chopped banana if I am feeling adventurous.
2 cups Buckwheat Groats
1 cup Blanced Almonds
1/2 cup Pumpkin Seeds
4 tbsp Flax Seeds (Linseeds)
2 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 cup Dried Cranberries (no added sugar ideally)
Soak the buckwheat in water for at least one hour. Rinse it under plenty of cold water and pat dry. Roughly chop almonds and mix with buckwheat and the seeds. Spread mixture over two baking trays and bake at 140c fan for 10 – 15 mins until golden and crispy.
Sprinkle a teaspoon of cinnamon over each tray and allow to cool completely. Mix in cranberries and store in an airtight container.