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.
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)
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.
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.