It seems fitting to start with this recipe. After all, it’s a great way to kick things off, in the morning and on this blog. This granola is super easy to make and it’s delicious. Plus you can adjust it to suit your tastes.
I tend to add the basics and then throw in whatever I can find in the cupboard (I always keep a stash of nuts, seeds and dried fruit handy). But to make things simple, I’ve included the suggested amount for each ingredient. If you want it sweeter, add more honey. If you like nuts, add more. You can also experiment with different nut, fruit and seed combinations. I like apple and cranberry, with cashew nuts and flaked almonds, but you can try any of your favourites and see how they work out.
What you’ll need
- 500g raw rolled oats
- 200g nuts – I use flaked almonds and roughly chopped cashew nuts
- 150g seeds – here you can use pumpkin, sunflower, sesame, flax or chia seeds. Look out for an omega mix of seeds, which also works well
- 100g flaked coconut
- Honey – a good drizzle
- 3-4 tablespoons of Olive oil – you can also use coconut or canola oil
- a healthy shake of Chinese 5 spice (or use a mix of cinammon, ginger, cloves and other spices of your choice)
- 150g dried fruit – chopped apple, raisins, sultanas, cranberries or any mix that you like
Note: you can adjust the quantities for each of these ingredients to suit your tastes.
How to make it
Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
In a baking pan, add your oats, coconut, nuts and seeds. Mix this together.
Drizzle this with your honey and olive oil. Add your Chinese 5 spice. Mix everything together until all of the oats and nuts are coated with the honey and oil.
Toast this in the oven for about 10 minutes. Remove and stir. Place back in the oven for another 5 minutes. Stir again, and back in the oven. Do this until all of the oats and nuts are a lovely golden brown. Toast to your desired crunchiness.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Then stir in your dried fruit and store in an airtight container.
Serve with Greek or double thick yoghurt, drizzled with honey.
Happy baking …