Friday, 17 April 2015

EASY HOMEMADE GRANOLA


Damn, I love granola. It's super versatile, promising a different breakfast every time, and I seriously love that. I hate to be bored with my breakfasts. Often I find something I like and stick to it until I'm sick of the sight of it - I won't tell you the details about my strawberry jam on toast phase last summer - but this homemade granola is so easy and keeps really well, ensuring that a delicious varied breakfast is only a Kilner jar away.

EASY HOMEMADE GRANOLA
(serves 6)
300ml cloudy apple juice
150g organic oats
10g flaked almonds
15g dried cranberries
35g sultanas

Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/Gas Mark 4 and line a baking tray with parchment paper. In a medium saucepan, bring the apple juice to the boil and simmer until two-thirds has evaporated. You should be left with a much more syrupy liquid and this will take around 15 minutes to achieve. Add the oats and the flaked almonds, combining until all the liquid has been soaked up. It will look like a very loose flapjack mixture. Pour this out onto the baking tray and spread it thinly. I think it's best to fluff it up a bit with a spoon so you get certain bits that catch and brown quicker - it adds extra flavour! Bake for 20 minutes in the middle of the oven, or until you can see the edges browning. Take it out and turn the granola with a spatula, sprinkling the dried fruit on top. Bake for a further 5 minutes, longer if you desire a darker, more toasty, colour. If you can stand it, allow your granola to cool before you chow down.

We store ours in a small Kilner jar and this exact amount fills it comfortably. The granola will keep for up to two weeks in storage but I'm almost certain you'll finish it within a few days and be well on your way to making another batch or two!

And here comes the versatility... You can add whatever you like to these basic ingredients. I went for flaked almonds, dried cranberries and sultanas in this recipe - it tastes lovely and is not overly sweet. If you have a sweet tooth, however, try adding a drizzle of honey or some golden syrup. If you want more of a crunch to your granola, add some wholesome seeds like flax, chia, pumpkin and sunflower. If you fancy more fruit, add some mixed berries or coconut shavings. And of course, if you fancy a nuttier flavour any toasted nuts will work wonderfully.


How you serve your granola is your personal preference. It would do great as a cereal on its own with skimmed or almond milk, or you can use it sparingly (you won't want to, I'm sure) and top with yoghurt or fruit compote. My personal favourite right now is granola topped with natural yoghurt, glacé cherries and chopped pistachios, mmm!

This is such a good recipe to prepare in advance to make sure that you're grabbing something healthy and filling before heading out to work during the week. It makes life so much easier knowing that breakfast is already pretty much prepared.

How do you like your granola?
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  1. This granola looks so yummy!! I've never tried home-made granola so I might try this! x

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    1. Thanks lovely, it's so easy to do! Xx

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  2. I love granola too and keep meaning to make my own version, as it's so much healtier than shop-bought. Your recipe sounds easy, I'll definitely be giving it a try!
    Lucy @ Lucy—Loves xx

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    1. Healthier and cheaper! Hope you enjoy! Xx

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  3. I definitely don't eat granola enough, even though I really like it! Your photos have just made me super hungry for it though!!

    Milly // Mini Adventures

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  4. Aw YAY an easy-peasy one for lazy asses like me! Sounds and looks gorgeous.

    Georgina
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  5. This looks delicious and sounds really easy to make! Fab post xx

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