04 Oct Homemade Granola Recipe
I have to admit, I was always sceptical about Granola and the huge variety of supplies and brands available at all the supermarkets and delis. I was always a muesli person as it was simple and quick for morning brekkie when I had 2 young boys at home and needed to get them to school and me off to a catering job.
Then, last years holiday came and we travelled to Vancouver and travelled around the islands in BC. We stayed with cousins in Vancouver and and on my first morning there, was offered home made Granola!
I tried it, with a yawn ( here we go ) and Wowzers…that was it…I was a convert. I hadn’t tasted anything so good and seemingly so healthy for breakfast.
Next day, I had more, and again.. I just loved the stuff. I was bowled over with the flavour, crunch and general taste. Wow! So the recipe was gleaned and here it is for you to bake and enjoy too.
It’s in American cup sizes unfortunately but I hope you can manage to get by with a normal tea cup if you don’t have measuring cups at home. The original recipe for this Granola is from a café called Soba in Tofino, but I have adapted it removing some of the salt. Thanks to Ginny for making it for me to enjoy on my hols!
Here’s my cute measuring cups for you to see. They are crockery ones and make me smile when I use them.
8 Cups Rolled Oats
1Cup Dessicated Coconut
1.5 Cups Mixed Nuts (I use hazelnuts and almonds)
1.5 Cups Mixed Seeds (I use sesame seeds and pumpkin)
1 cup sunflower oil
1 cup honey or agave nectar
¼ cup cinnamon
2tsp grated nutmeg
1 tsp salt
1.5 cups Mixed dried fruit ( I use cranberries)
- Pre heat oven to 150 degrees c
- Spread out the rolled oats on to baking trays and toast in the oven for 20 mins. Remove from oven .
- Spread the coconut on to a baking tray and toast for JUST 5 mins. Remove from oven and cool.
- Turn oven down to 100 degrees c
- In a large bowl, mix together your toasted rolled oats, nuts, seeds, honey and oil.
- Spread this mixture out on lined baking sheets . Granola bakes for a long time at a low heat. I bake mine at 100 degrees c for 1hr 15 mins. You can turn the oven off and leave it to cool in the oven after an hour.
- Remove the baked mix and place in to a large bowl.
- When cool, add in your toasted coconut, and the dried fruit, mix well and decant into Kilner jars to keep fresh.
You can choose which seeds and nuts and fruit you want to put in your granola, once you have mastered the basic recipe, you can really go to town and create your own!
Here’s my granola in 2 large Kilner jars, and it will keep fresh in these for approx. 2 months.