I have been meaning to make Granola for AGES.
Ever since we got addicted to Dorset Cereal Honey Granola, then realised that it costs nearly £4 a box.
I finally got round to it last week and have since made a couple more batches to hone the technique.
After a shout out on Twitter Apryl from Meridian Ariel Blog kindly furnished me with her own luxury recipe (aka Reindeer Food). I then re-developed it to suit our tastes and here is what we ended up with.
I really enjoyed photographing this. Seeing me holding a reflector with one hand, pouring milk with the other and somehow managing to press the remote shutter release must have been hilarious!
It was shortly after the first shot that I got honey all over the table.
It really is easy to make the stuff, you just mix together lots of tasty seeds and nuts and things with honey or syrup and butter and bake it for half an hour.
This is my current mix, but you can add whatever you have to hand really:
- 2 Cups of Porridge Oats
- 1/2 Cup Rye Flakes (or just more oats)
- 1 tblsp Sesame Seeds (or some chopped brazil nuts)
- 2 tblsp Pumpkin Seeds (or flaked almonds)
- 3 tblsp Sunflower Seeds
- 1 tblsp Pine Nuts
- 1/4 tsp Cinnamon
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 2 tblsp Light Brown Sugar
- 3 tblsp Melted Butter
- 60mls of Golden Syrup, Maple Syrup or Honey – I use a bit of each
Mix this altogether in a large bowl then spread it on a baking sheet, then bake it in the oven at 150c for 25 minutes, stirring it a bit every 5 minutes or so.
To get it to ‘clump’ a little I press it down flat with a fish slice and let it cool. Then you can mix in a handful of sultanas and chopped dates or whatever dried fruit you fancy.
It’s good on top of yoghurt or with milk for breakfast.
Ah, go on…you know you want to.