Breakfast cereals like granola can be expensive to buy and packed full of sugar, but it’s actually quick and easy to make yourself. The combination of orange and vanilla in this recipe gives it a deliciously decadent flavour. Healthy and energising, this is a great way to start your day!
As an alternative to agave syrup you can also use maple syrup or honey.
Pure oats are naturally gluten free. However, they are often contaminated with wheat. If you are sensitive to gluten it is best to check that the oats you are buying are certified as ‘pure’ or ‘gluten free’.
Alternatively, you can do as Jane suggests and use rice flakes.
1. Preheat your oven to 160oC/300F/Gas 2. Line a large baking tray with greaseproof or baking paper.
2. Put the zest and juice of the orange into a small saucepan with the agave syrup.
3. Remove the seeds from the vanilla pod by slicing it lengthways and scraping out the tiny black seeds with the point of a sharp knife. Add to the orange juice and heat very gently until simmering and the agave syrup has melted. Don't let the mixture boil.
4. Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl. Make a well in the middle and pour the orange juice mixture and rapeseed oil into it and mix together thoroughly.
5. Loosely spread the mixture onto the baking tray (or over 2 trays) and place in the oven for 25-30 minutes. Check it every 5-10 minutes and shake gently to make sure the granola is colouring evenly.
6. Once it's ready, leave to cool and then store in an airtight container. This can be stored for up to a month (if not eaten before).
I hope you give this delicious orange & vanilla granola a try! And if you do, be sure to tag the picture #AVogelRecipes on Pinterest so we can see :)
Oats are among the world’s healthiest grains. They are renowned for being an excellent source of slow release energy, stabilising blood sugar and helping to keep you feeling fuller for longer. Packed with goodness, they have been linked to numerous health benefits including helping to lower cholesterol, improve digestion and boost the immune function.
Author of The Vital Nutrition Cookbook, good food has been a lifelong passion for Jane McClenaghan. As a Nutritional Therapist for over fifteen years, Jane has helped thousands of people make easy, manageable changes to their diets for the good of their health.
Passionate about the powerful effects that eating good quality, fresh, local food has on our mind, body and soul, Jane’s recipes are designed to be quick and easy so you can rustle up something nutritious at any time of the day.
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