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Granola

By Teresa Cutter

Granola
Granola

What's great about it

There is nothing more delicious and rewarding than making your own crunchy granola. I often make up a few batches over a weekend to enjoy with fresh berries and lush natural yoghurt or over my Acai smoothie bowl. What I love about this recipe is that it is really easy to make plus it has no added oils in the cooking process like many store bought versions. I encourage you to be creative and enjoy the whole process of cooking your masterpiece.

Ingredients

Makes 1 large jar

 

200 g (2 cups / 7 oz ) rolled  oats or raw buckwheat if gluten free

200 g (7 oz) raw almonds

100 g (3 1/2 oz) pumpkin seeds

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

zest from 1 orange

1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste

50 g (2 generous tablespoons) raw honey or pure maple syrup

70 g (2 1/2 oz)  dried cranberries or raisins / muscatels

70 g (2 1/2 oz) organic dried apricots, sliced

Method

 

  1. Preheat the oven to 120°C (250°F).
  2. Combine oats or buckwheat if using + the  almonds, pumpkin seed, cinnamon + orange zest.
  3. Warm the honey and vanilla until a pouring consistency is achieved (about 15 seconds)
  4. Pour into the dry ingredients and mix through well until honey coats the oats and nuts.
  5. Line 2 large baking trays with baking paper.
  6. Divide the granola onto the trays and spread the mix out very thinly and evenly over one layer. (don't be tempted to pile the granola very thick as it will not toast evenly and get soggy underneath)
  7. Toast the muesli for about 1 hour or until the grains and nuts get a lovely golden colour. Make sure not to overcook and burn them, best to check the muesli during the toasting time and give it a light mix.
  8. Cool on the trays until crunch and then add dried fruits.
  9. Store in a sealed container and enjoy.

Notes and Inspiration

Serve simply with icy cold milk of your choice (rice, almond, dairy, soy).

Serve with natural organic yoghurt and fresh Summer strawberries.

Sprinkle over fresh or poached fruit for a delicious crumble.

Enjoy as a snack straight out of the pack.

I like to vary the dried fruits, depending on what I have in the fridge or the flavours I want to develop - another flavour combination I love is hazelnut, almond and pear...scented lightly with vanilla bean + cinnamon.

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