As much as I’ve always liked the idea of granola, I’ve only ever bought the occasional bag in the past. I’ve always found it a bit expensive for a packaged product and every variety always contains at least one ingredient that I don’t like. I have a mild allergy to certain nuts as well which made me even more apprehensive about putting it in my shopping basket.
I considered making my own granola a few times but never pursued the idea. However, when I recently came across this excellent guide which explains the basic formula, I had to give it a go. It offers such straightforward advice and tips, you can’t go wrong. You can adjust all the ingredients to suit your own personal taste and you can come up with endless concoctions. Before I had even finished reading the article, I was thinking about what I’d put in my own mix…
It was really fun to think up a tasty combination. I’m so happy with my first attempt and I love everything that has gone in to this granola — the crunchy hazelnuts, the creamy coconut flakes, the sweet maple syrup…I also added dried berries and chocolate raisins for a little touch of indulgence ;-).
It just tastes so fresh and crunchy and the flavours are fantastic. Served with ice-cold milk or some yogurt, this is perfect for breakfast and it also makes a surprisingly delicious topping for ice-cream. To be honest though, it’s almost impossible to resist eating this simply by the handful!
No exaggeration, I know I’ll be making this again and again and again. Like cupcakes or French toast or sticky chicken, this isn’t a recipe I want to forget. It’s such a substantial dish and it’s so satisfying to see it come together. I could get 15-20 servings out of this recipe. With this batch, I’m keeping half of it at home and bringing the rest to my parents’ place when I visit this weekend. It looks all appealing in a chunky glass jar so it actually makes a nice little gift too! Can you tell I’m completely smitten with the stuff…? 🙂
This is my adaptation of this formula and it’s so good, you have to try it!
3 cups of rolled oats
1 cup of hazelnuts
1 cup of coconut flakes
1/2 cup of maple syrup
1/4 cup of olive oil
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 cup of dried berries
1 cup of chocolate raisins
Measure out the oats, hazelnuts, coconut, salt and cinnamon in to a big bowl.
Pour in the maple syrup and olive oil. Stir well, making sure to coat all the dry ingredients so it becomes one big sticky mixture.
Transfer to a lined dish or baking sheet — I used a brownie pan and it worked really well.
Bake in a pre-heated oven at 150 degrees Celsius (300 Fahrenheit) for forty-five minutes, gently stirring it halfway through.
When it has crisped up to a nice golden colour, take the pan out of the oven and set it aside. Allow it to cool for ten to fifteen minutes before folding in the dried berries and chocolate raisins.
Enjoy a warm bowl of your freshly made granola immediately and leave the rest to cool completely before storing it in an airtight container.