This is my new favourite breakfast and pudding and anytime snack. It’s easy to make, gluten free and its good for you. The following recipe will provide you with roughly a two week supply, but I warn you it is quite addictive and does tend just to jump in the mouth when you’re a little peckish. Better than chocolate though right?!
You will need:
- 120g of honey
- 120ml oil- I use a mix of 60g rapeseed and 60g sunflower.
- 100g nuts – I used almonds and hazelnuts, if your nuts are very large you can grind them down a little in a pestle and mortar- this is not essential though.
- 100g mixed seeds such as sunflower, sesame, linseed and pumpkin. Most supermarkets and health stores sell bags of seeds ready mixed
- 40g ground almonds
- 150g porridge oats
- 100g dried fruit- I had loads in my store cupboard to use up- sour cherries, mango, papaya, raisins sultanas, stem ginger etc. Whatever you fancy really.
- 1tsp vanilla extract
The joy of this recipe is it’s pretty flexible- a handful of whatever you have to use up in your store cupboard can be thrown in.
Preheat your oven to 160°C. Grease and line a large baking tray/roasting tray with baking parchment. Place your oils and honey into a saucepan heat very gently, you just want to warm the honey through until its at a pouring consistency. Remove from the heat and set aside.
weigh out all your dry ingredients-nuts seeds oats and fruits and add them to your prepared tin. Pour over your oil and honey, add your vanilla essence then mix all your ingredients together until well combined.
Toast in your pre-heated oven for 15 to 20 minutes, keep an eye on it and stir regularly to get an even golden bake. When your granola is a nice even golden brown all over it’s ready. Remove from the oven, cool a little, 5 minutes or so. You don’t have to wait long until its ready for tasting.
serve with fresh fruit and yoghurt as a delicious breakfast or dessert. You can add chocolate if you want to make it a little more decadent, yoghurt coated fruit and nuts are a tasty addition too.
Can also be eaten by the handful as an on the go snack!
Granola can be stored for about a month in an airtight container.