A wholesome and healthy homemade granola that is crunchy and delicious!
About a year ago, I started experimenting with homemade granola- I couldn’t find anything in the shops that was healthy enough- it’s amazing how much sugar most granolas contain. I also wanted to create a granola that could be used as my Healthy Extra B for Slimming World. I discovered a brilliant way of creating a lovely, crunchy granola that had no need for sugars and syrups- by whipping up egg whites, and using them to bind your granola ingredients together, once baked you have a lovely crunchy granola that breaks up easily and is super-healthy!
I never got around to publishing my recipe, as I didn’t quite get my flavours perfected, so when Lio-Licious got in touch, asking if I’d like to create a recipe using some of their freeze dried ingredients, I knew exactly what they would be perfect for!
Lio-Licious specialise in freeze-dried ingredients, from all sorts of fruits (blackberries, blackcurrants, strawberries, raspberries, cranberries) to even cheese, and olives! For me the real appeal of freeze-dried ingredients is that I can have them in the cupboard ready to use at any point- I’m a very last-minute cook and tend to just make things up depending what I have in the cupboard, and when ingredients like berries only last a couple of days they tend to get eaten by my 8 year old before ending up in a recipe!
Freeze-drying is such a gentle and slow process, that it retains the nutrition of the food, along with the flavour (in fact with the berries I used the flavour is more intense), and it uses no additives or preservatives in order to give the food a fantastic shelf-life!
These freeze-dried ingredients are perfect for granola- they add tons of lovely flavour, with no nasties at all. I made 2 varieties, a blackcurrant and blueberry granola, and a red berry granola (cherry strawberry and raspberry).
I used ingredients that are a healthy extra B on Slimming World (oats, flaked almonds, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds) along with uncooked quinoa which is a fantastic addition as not only is it a free food on Slimming World, it adds a fantastic crunch to granola, and is full of filling protein and nutrients. the amounts have been worked out so that a 40g serving of this granola works as a daily Healthy Extra B.
You can order the Lio-Licious range online by clicking here. The Red Berry blend is £2.50, the whole blackcurrants are £3, and the whole blueberries are £3.50. These bags will make lots of batches of granola, and are also brilliant for cake decorating!