Granola is the ultimate snack or breakfast on-the-go. It provides the right amount of crunch to your fresh cut fruit and yoghurt, or your silky smooth porridge oats. The ingredients you add can be completely up to you. When it comes to store bought granola there is usually a high sugar content, which makes us parents think twice before giving it out to our kids first thing in the morning. As it is with anything home made, you can easily reduce the amount of sugar added, and by adding sweet spices like cinnamon and vanilla the final product turns out delicious.
Here is a simple blueprint for at-home granola:
- 2 cups of dried porridge oats, use your favourite
- 1 – 2 cups of chopped nuts, assorted varieties
- 1 cup of assorted dried fruit, chopped if too large
- 1 cup of seeds, assorted varieties
- 6 – 8 tbsp liquid sweetener
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- zest of an orange
In this recipe I used:
- Nuts: Almonds, Cashews, Pistachios
- Dried fruit: Cranberries, Mulberries, Apricots, Figs
- Seeds: Flax, ground and whole. Recommended – Pumpkin and Sunflower
- 3 tbsp each honey and maple syrup
Fire up the oven to 200 C (390 F). Have a large baking tray ready, or you can use 2 medium size ones. Once you have everything nicely chopped, mix the nuts, seeds, dried fruit, and spices all together in a large bowl until well combined. Add the syrup and mix until just combined.
Spread the mixture evenly on the surface of the baking tray/s and bake in the hot oven until slightly browned and your home smells amazing, around 20 minutes. Make sure to stir the mix every 5 minutes to keep it from sticking to the baking surface.
Take it out and let it rest on the counter. Move the granola around with a wooden spoon or spatula to make sure nothing stuck to the surface. Let it cool and transfer to an airtight storage container.
This recipe makes a lot! Enough for at least a week for a family of three.
Notes on consumption:
We eat ours with home made almond milk, or greek yogurt and fresh fruit. I would recommend bartlett pears or a crunchy sweet apple cut up into pieces. Berries, kiwi, banana, any soft fruit (peach would be good too) will make a great addition to this meal. The juicy fruit combined with the crunch of the granola, and the smooth delectable texture of good quality greek yoghurt is a winning combo for any time of day!
You can easily prepare breakfasts for a few days in advance by spooning your yoghurt, granola, fruit in that order into a mason/ jam jar and refrigerate until ready to eat.
Please comment on more ideas or suggestions. This was my first attempt, but certainly the first of many.