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Thursday 25 July 2013

Home-made Granola

This recipe is courtesy of my sister but you could pretty much put whatever you like into it to make it your own- different nuts and spices, raisins or seeds as preferred. What I like about this is that it doesn't have that extremely sugary taste you get from a lot of supermarket granolas (that leave you feeling like your teeth are about to fall out) but it still has a good crunch and sweetness to it, thanks to the honey. I made this the other day and it was super easy- pretty much foolproof I would say!

You will need..
...Lots of good stuff!
  • 200g Jumbo Rolled Oats
  • 50g Flaked Almonds (my local supermarket only had whole ones so I used them instead but you could also use chopped almonds).
  • 50g Pumpkin Seeds
  • 50g Sunflower Seeds
  • 1 Tsp Ground Ginger
  • A Pinch of Salt
  • 50g Butter
  • 5-6 Tbsp Honey
  • Zest of one large Orange

  1. Heat oven to 180 Degrees C, Gas Mark 4.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the oats, almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, ground ginger and salt.
  3. Melt the butter and honey together, add the orange zest and pour over the dry mixture, stirring well. 
  4. Spread on a wide baking tray and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown, giving it a stir every 5 minutes to ensure it colours evenly.
  5. Allow to cool and crisp up, then stir in 100g dried cranberries.
  6. Store in airtight container. Serves 4-5. I eat mine with Greek yoghurt but it's also lovely with low fat natural yoghurt and fresh berries.
  7. Bask in the glory of having created something healthy for a change, contemplate buying dungarees & wellies and living off of the "produce of the land" 'til you remember that you live in an inner city apartment and can't raise chickens or keep bees. Boo.

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