Thursday, 22 October 2015

Homemade Granola

I've been wanting to have a go at making granola for ages but for some reason I never have. We have shop bought ones in our cupboard but they never really 'do it ' for me and if I'm going to be healthy for my breakfast then I want to have something that's a tasty mouthful each time and not a spoonful off just dusty oats!

So, last week - forced by my holiday of restaurant food waist expansion - I decided to go for it, look at recipes and buy ingredients to make a granola perfect for me.

It's actually really easy to make - probably quicker than the time spend perusing the supermarket isle wondering with granola brand to buy - and it tasted really really good! So I'm now converted and will be making my own from now on!!

Here's what I ended up making for my perfect granola......

Recipe - Makes about 16 servings

200g rolled oats
100g Malted jumbo oats
100g barley flakes
50g Pumpkin seeds
100g whole almonds
50g walnuts
50g hazelnuts
2 large egg whites
2 tbsp Vegetable oil
125ml maple syrup
2 tbsp honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp salt
100g dried fruit - I used apricots and apples but any fruit will do.

Pre-heat oven 150C/gas 2

Weigh out all your oats and mix them together....

Roughly chop the nuts and add them, along with the seeds to the mixed oats. Set aside.

Pop the egg whites in the bowl of your mixer and whisk til it just starts to froth.

Add you oat mix to the egg whites along with the oil, syrup, honey vanilla and salt.

Make sure all is mixed thoroughly and everything is coated in the mix.

Tip the mixture out onto a large, lined baking sheet. Spread out evenly and press it all down with a wooden spoon. Place into the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes.

Leave the granola to cool in the tray. Once it completely cold you can break it up. I like to have clusters so break it up into large chunks but you can make it as fine as you wish.

Finally chop the fruit to bite size pieces and add to your granola. If using berries they can be added whole.

Store in an air tight container and it will keep for a couple of months.

My preference is to serve it on top of a bowl of yogurt but it's just as good with milk. Also it's really good sprinkled over stewed apples or on ice-cream for a quick supper snack!

Have a great day
Love Lizx