It’s no secret that we like to keep our grocery bill low. To make this happen, we make a shopping list, buy in bulk and shop around for best deals. We also cook from scratch – everything we eat is homemade.
We don’t buy ready meals as they are often expensive. I am also suspicious of the ingredients that are being added to them and, since we try to eat as healthily as possible, eating prepacked meals is not an option for us.
Cooking from scratch is by far the most effective way to save money on food shopping. As I stay at home with my son, I have plenty of time to make delicious meals, which is a huge bonus.
Lately, I have been making a lot of healthy meals and snacks to help me lose pregnancy weight faster. I thought I’d start sharing some of my favourite recipes with you.
I will start with my favourite breakfast option – homemade granola!
My Homemade Granola
I love having granola for breakfast! It’s filling and delicious. I usually add a bit of almond milk to my granola, but it can be enjoyed as a snack, too.
We don’t buy granola from the store because it’s expensive and not as tasty as a homemade one. A lot of the time I make raw granola bars, but I have to admit that I love a baked version of it so much more. It’s crunchy!
The recipe that I am going to share with you today is just one way of making delicious granola. That’s the beauty of making it at home – you can add your favourite nuts, seeds, dried fruits, and spices, and experiment with different combinations to find your favourite. Feel free to substitute nuts, seeds, and dried fruits to the ones you like the most.
My partner, who is not a big fan of clean eating, loves my homemade granola and eats it instead of chocolate as a snack! These days, I don’t make as much chocolate as I used to (yes, I also make my own chocolate), which is definitely a good thing because I’m not tempted to steal a piece off the tray!
2 cups of rolled oats
½ cup unsalted almonds
½ cup unsalted walnuts
½ cup unsalted hazelnuts
½ cup unsalted cashew nuts
1 cup dried cranberries (you can use dried cherries or raisins)
½ cup shredded coconut
¼ cup raw cocoa nibs
¼ cup pumpkin seeds
½ tsp ground cinnamon
½ cup agave syrup (you can also use honey or syrup of your choice)
1 tbsp coconut butter (melted)
Preheat the oven to 150 degrees C.
Use a blender or food processor to chop nuts and dried fruits.
Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl, then pour syrup and melted coconut butter over the mix. Stir well, then spread the granola mixture evenly onto the baking tray. Place into the oven for 15 minutes.
Stir the mixture well, re-spread and put back in the oven for another 15 minutes. Towards the end, your granola should be golden brown and toasty – be careful not to let it burn.
Once it’s ready and out of the oven, let it cool and serve with milk or yogurt of your choice.
We usually stock up on nuts and seeds at Lidl because they are so much cheaper there! Apart from granola, I add nuts and seeds to my oatmeal, salads, and cakes. If you only need nuts and dried fruits to make granola, go for nut and fruit mix – it will cost you around £2 per pack.
To keep the cost low, use honey instead of agave syrup. Again, I use agave syrup in a variety of dishes which means I always have it at home. You can add 1 cup of honey or syrup instead of ½ cup to your granola if you like it sweet.