Traditionally granola is a baked breakfast cereal, containing rolled oats, nuts and honey eaten with milk, yoghurt or fruit. However to all who have tried my granola, I am sure they will all agree that it is so much more!
Growing up, we were never a cereal eating family. As a result I have always been a little too eager to try new cereals from time to time, and being a little food and cooking obsessed decided one day to cook my own. While still not making me a cereal person, this granola, after a few alterations has become my new favourite snack.
Granola is simple to make. I think one of the reasons that I love it so much is that it allows me to play with different flavour combinations, creating the perfect snack food for whatever mood.
The recipe below is one of my favourites (as well as everyone’s’ at the restaurant) that has just come about from mixing and matching different flavours together. Feel free to add different ingredients by substituting your favourite things from nuts to fruit to even chocolate. However add the chocolate after it has cooked!
Although I can confess to loving granola I don’t think I will ever be a cereal-eating girl.
500g rolled oats
100g sunflower seeds
100g raw peptias
120g white sesame seeds
100g whole almonds shelled
100ml apple juice
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
120g golden syrup
3 tablespoons honey
100 g brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 apples peeled and sliced into thin wedges
Preheat oven to 170 degrees Celsius.
Mix everything except the 2 apples together in a large bowl. Spread the mixture out into 2 baking or roasting tins and bake. After 20 minutes mix the granola around with a spoon, trying to break up a few clusters here or there.
Add the apple wedges and continue to bake for another 15 minutes. Mix the granola again with a spoon. The idea is to get an evenly golden colour without it toasting too much in one area. Usually at this point I turn the oven down to 90-100 degrees Celsius and leave the granola for 30 minutes or until it is completely dry. It should feel dry like muesli.
Allow to cool and store in an airtight container.
If you want to add dry fruits or chocolate add them after the mixture is completely cold.
Serve with milk, yoghurt or fresh fruit.
Or simply eat by the handful.
Makes roughly 2.5 litres.