I've always loved granola and the fact that it's so versatile (delicious sprinkled on top of yogurt, fresh fruit, fruit crumbles - anything I've missed?) but until now I've never experimented with making my own. I'm hooked on this recipe and so are my children. Hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
- 4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 2 cups dessicated coconut
- 2 cups of sliced almonds
- 1.5 cups of any/mix of the following: chopped hazelnuts/shelled, unsalted pistachios/chopped pecans/pumpkin seeds/sesame seeds (I particularly like hazelnuts and pistachios)
- 3/4 cup coconut oil (melted on the hob) or a light olive oil.
- 1/2 cup maple syrup or squeezy honey
- 1 cup of dried fruit (optional)
Preheat the oven to 170 degrees C (fan).
1. In a small measuring jug, whisk together the oil with the maple syrup/honey. Set aside.
2. In a large bowl, mix together the following dry ingredients: the oats, coconut and all the nuts/seeds.
3. Pour the oil mixture into the dry ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon until all the dry ingredients are thoroughly coated.
4. Tip into a large baking dish. Bake, stirring regularly (e.g. every 10 mins) with a wooden spoon, until the mixture turns a nice, even, golden brown. This takes about 40-50 minutes.
Remove the granola from the oven and allow to cool, stirring occasionally. If you want to add any dried fruit, now is the time to do it (try not to add too much dried fruit because it's a rich source of sugar). Store in an airtight container.