I could live on granola (or toasted muesli as we call it here). I love how crunchy, sweet and satisfying it is. I love that you simply pour some milk on it and have a healthy breakfast, or have it with Greek yoghurt and berries, or use it to bake muffins or sprinkle it over stewed fruit or just eat it out of the pack. I sometimes eat it for dinner when I just don’t feel like cooking.
I do buy it quite often (I usually have 2-3 packets of muesli hanging around in my cupboard – I like different flavours). I mean there’s so many well made, lovely toasted mueslis out there now. Even so, I make this a few times a year because even the healthiest cereals have their share of sugar and things that you have no control over, unlike home made which can have whatever you like in it. It’s also embarrassingly easy to throw together and all you need to do is think up creative ingredients to put in it (Nigella puts chocolate in hers! Respect).
I’m of the view that granola needs to be a bit sweet, I mean that’s the whole point but in saying that, this isn’t an overly sweet muesli. It lasts a couple of weeks in the fridge. It could last longer for all I know, it rarely lasts a week around here.
1/2 tspn ground cinnamon
1/2 tspn mixed spice
1/4 tspn fine salt
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
30g raw whole almonds
30g macadamia nuts
3 cups (240g) wholegrain oats (not instant)
60g of sultanas, raisins or dried cherries
Preheat oven to 150 degrees C (around 140 degrees fan forced). Place baking paper on large, flat oven tray.
Roughly chop nuts, leaving larger pieces.
Place nuts and oats in a bowl, sprinkle over cinnamon and salt and mix briefly. Pour maple syrup over and mix until combined well.
Spread out on oven tray and bake for 30 minutes.
Break up mix once out of the oven, allow to cool completely, mix through dried fruit then place in sealed container and keep in the fridge if you live in a warm climate, or at room temperature in the cooler months.
Yields: around 10 x 50g servings
(I transferred this recipe and comments over from my previous blog Sunflower Days)