Thursday, 2 March 2017

Homemade Granola - It's a gamechanger.

Game Changing Homemade Granola Recipe that I guarantee the whole family will love from Nelly's Cupcakes.

I recently tried making homemade yoghurt, and ended up with a litre of delicious creamy yoghurt! So, while scrolling pinterest looking for ways to use up all of the yoghurt I decided to try and make some Granola. I love granola but never really buy it, as it tends to be expensive and I am distrustful of all of the nasties they add in and then label it 'healthy'. It is not that I am opposed to the odd sugary cereal, but don't try and lie to me and tell me its a health food!

I'd never really thought about making granola before and wasn't even 100% sure what goes into it, but as always social media came to my rescue, the lovely Iris from Whatever Gets you Through the Day shared her staple granola recipe with me on twitter which gave me a great starting point. I didn't have all of the ingredients she used and had no eggs to incorporate egg whites, which she told me really helped bind it together, but in my usual slap dash kitchen style I powered through.

I was really surprised at how delicious it was, and filling too. Even Zoe enjoyed it and called it 'pudding' - it felt like a lovely decadent sunday brunch with a large dollop of homemade coconut yoghurt and a sprinkling of chia seeds on the top. I made enough to keep in an air tight jar, and we had it for breakfast for well over a week.

Recipe

Ingredients
Porridge Oats

Roughly chopped nuts (we used walnuts and almonds)
Seeds (we used sunflower and chia seeds) Dried fruit (we used raisins, as any toddler parent always has a few packets to hand)
Honey
Olive oil
Pinch of ground cassia or cinnamon

So I didn't measure anything precisely here, it is one of those recipes where you don't need to be super precise. It is all about your own preferences, mine was around 2 cups of oats, 1 cup of nuts and seeds, and 1/4 cup of dried fruit - in basic ratios.

Method
1. Put all of the dry ingredients (MINUS THE DRIED FRUIT) into a bowl and stir to combine, then add a couple of tablespoons of oil and a good squirt of honey and mix. You want the mixture to clump together but not be wet, so keep adding a bit of honey and stirring until all of the crumbs are clumped together and are damp but not sticky.

2. Spread all of the clumpy mixture onto a greased baking tray and bake at 160C for 20-30 minutes, until golden. When it first comes out of the oven the clumps will still be soft, so allow them to cool before moving them from the tray - they harden and become crunchy as they cool.

3. Once they are cooled, stir in the dried fruit and pop in an airtight container - ready for a yummy breakfast!

I am looking forward to trying some new flavour combinations - I have been assured that whole hazlenuts make a wonderful addition and I reckon dried banana would be loved by Zoe. Have you ever made granola? I'd love to hear any flavour combinations you enjoy.

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14 comments

  1. I never thought this would be so easy! I'll have to try it! Does it keep for long in the air tight container or good for one breakfast?

    Sarah :)

    Saloca in Wonderland

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  2. I really want to do this - it looks super easy too. You really can taste the difference when granola is homemade. I've added this to stumble upon :D

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  3. Hari OM
    Oh this takes me back to the days I used to make my own muesli - the non-baked version of granola!!! Will certainly be trying this one out - thanks Nelly!!! YAM xx

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  4. You're welcome! Lovely to see you commenting, I hope you had a wonderful time travelling! :)

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  5. Thanks Sam! Let me know if you do try it! :)

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  6. Mine lasted about 9 days in an air tight container (until it was all gobbled up) I think it could last longer though.

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  7. This sounds delicious, I love making my own granola :)

    Rachael xx.
    theteacozykitchen.blogspot.co.uk

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  8. Catherine Hooper3 March 2017 at 12:02

    We made this a few months ago and it was lush! must do it again!

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  9. I love Granola, I'd never thought of making it! Dried cranberries or chocolate curls could be nice.

    Ami x

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  10. I made flapjack about a month ago and there's still loads left. I used one of those packets and not my usual recipe, and everyone can tell and eats just the tiniest of bites...

    Anyway, I was thinking after reading this yesterday that I should turn it into granola. It's basically the first stage and I just need to add the dried fruit.

    Cheers for the brain jolt!

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  11. Oh yum! Dried cranberry and white chocolate would be immense!

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  12. So glad you shared this as like you, I love Granola but have avoided it because of the levels of added sugar etc. I usually have most these ingredients in the cupboard so will give it a go...might even try the yogurt too! :)

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  13. I've never made my own granola before but this looks yummy

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