Granola

Why have I only now wanted to make my own granola!

Why didn’t I think of doing it much earlier in my baking days? Most likely, because I wasn’t even eating granola or had considered making it before starting this blog.

As with every food imaginable, someone somewhere has a recipe that they like better than some. Be it an original or tweaked recipes, granola is being featured as I did not want to spend money on a box of granola when it goes down very very quickly and could become a drain on my food budget. Not that I really have one.

Let’s start, shall we? Alton Brown from Food Network had a recipe which called for a far longer baking time than I was prepared to work on. My adaptation is from Cookie + Kate’s Honey Almond Granola recipe.

Ingredients:

4 cups rolled oats

3/4 cup raw almonds, sliced

1/4 cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

1/4 cup sunflower seeds

1 cup dried cranberries

1/2 cup light brown sugar

1/2 cup olive oil (extra virgin) or sunflower, canola, etc

2 tablespoons honey

pinch of salt

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 160-165°C (about 325°F ). Line a cookie tray with ungreased baking paper.
  2. Mix Oats, sugar, salt and cranberries in a mixing bowl.
  3. Add oil and honey to dry mixture. Try and coat all the ingredients with the oil/honey combination. The honey & sugar helps to give you the clumps that you would normally find in the store bought granola.
  4. Spread out the mixture on the cookie tray, as evenly as possible.
  5. Bake 10 minutes.
  6. Take the pan out, add in the rest of the ingredients and mix it up as best as you can.
  7. Bake another 6 minutes.
  8. Toss the mixture around so that it will get evenly cooked.
  9. Leave to cool. The granola will become crunchy once it cools down.
  10. Store in an air-tight container. Recommendations are for 1 to 2 weeks at room temperature, longer in the fridge or freezer.

Makes about 6 cups or 603g

Enjoy different variations with your choice of dry ingredients.

Do keep in mind that the experts recommend that your fat/sugar quantities are equal to achieve the right mix.

 

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