Can you tell we love food? This blog has been going to two weeks and so far you have two recipe posts. But this is really what we’re doing with our lives so we’re just going to go with it. Plus this granola is GOOD. We’ve eaten many a bagged and boxed variety from the shops but this one beats (even the fancy spendy ones) hands down. Its nutty, toasty and sweet, everything a good granola should be.
Once again, this one is super easy and pantry staple flexible (meaning you can chuck anything you have in there), because with two small kids and better things to do we want quick, tasty zero waste options that don’t involve having going to Waitrose for hand toasted sunflower petals. So without further blethering, here’s the recipe…
4 cups (400g) of oats
1 cup (100g) lightly bashed pecans (or any other nuts you have, walnuts, cashews and almonds all work great - do give them a bash to break up though for amazing texture)
1/4 cup (50g) coconut sugar (or any other sugar you have in the cupboard)
1/2 cup (50g) unsweetened desiccated coconut (or coconut flakes)
1/2 cup (60g) seeds (I used pumpkin but you can throw in sunflower or whatever you have)
1/4 cup (60ml) olive oil (or you can use melted coconut oil or avocado oil - all healthy fats)
1/4 cup (60ml) maple syrup (or honey or agave syrup)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup (30g) of any dried fruit you wish - we used a mix of cranberries, cherries and sultanas
Preheat oven to 180ºC (Gas Mark 5)
Grease or line a deep casserole dish with baking paper
In a large bowl chuck in all the dry ingredients except for the dried fruit, give it a mix.
In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil and maple syrup (or whatever variant you’re using).
Add to the dry ingredients bowl and give it all a good stir to lightly coat.
Tip it into the casserole dish, level it out and put into the oven.
Take it out for a stir every 10-15 minutes or when the top is nice and golden.
Once golden through (after about 40 minutes) take it out and leave to cool.
Stir through dried fruit.
Store in an airtight container and it’s good for 3-4 weeks (if you manage not to eat it all in week one).
And that’s it! Easy, homemade granola. Here are a few excellent combinations to sub your nuts and dried fruit for:
Walnut + Chopped Dried Apple
Pecan + Dark Chocolate
Cashew + Chopped Dates
Almond + Sultana