Wednesday, 8 July 2009

A granola recipe

Back here I made some granola and finally I've got the recipe up! As far as it is a recipe - I must have orginally had one to follow but that's been lost in one of the many moves. It's a very 'fluid' recipe - by that I mean you can really use what you like and what you have in the cupboards. I know that's not much help to those who like to follow a recipe but it'll give you an idea.

For this particular batch I used:

1 cup of rolled oats
dessicated coconut - a little shaken over the oats
slivered almonds
chopped apricots - what was left in the packet

Mix these all together in a bowl

a knob of butter - about 20g
1 tbsp soft brown sugar
2 tbsp honey

Gently heat these ingredients until combined
Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix
Spread on baking sheet and bake for about 12-15 at 160 degrees

The basic ingredients are oats and then build from around there. Alternative dry ingredients are:
sunflower seeds
pumpkin seeds
sesame seeds

For the wet ingredients you can use the following:
instead of butter I have used cold pressed veg or nut oil - hazlenut and wlanut oil are particularly nice and grape seed oil works well too - the finished granola has a slightly different texture but if you're worried about saturated animal fat it's a good alternative
sugar - you can use as little or as much as you like, I think you do need some but the choice is up to you
the honey can be replaced by maple syrup which works really well and I guess you could use golden syrup but I've never tried this
When I've tried to write down what I put in and the measurements it always turns out that the batch is OK but not one I'd want to repeat! And when I've tried to make double the measurements, because it really doesn't last that long, it's not been that nice either!
If anyone has any other ideas for ingredients or methods then I've love to hear them because I love making this - it's a sweet tasty treat that's easy to make and not 'bad' for you - what more can you ask?!


Gina said...

Oh yum. I'm going to get onto this in the next day or so... looks delicious and lots of possibilities. Thanks!

amity ville boronia said...

This looks yummy! I'm for anything that has yummy nuts in it :)