Featuring toasted flaked almonds and deliciously creamy brazil nuts, accompanied by gooey dates and tangy apricot pieces. The granola mix is spiced with cinnamon and warm vanilla. It’s delicious on its own, but I like to serve this either with some fresh berries, or with tinned grapefruit segments and their juice.
Firstly, making your own is far healthier than buying it in the supermarket. You know how granola is stupidly delicious, really moreish, the kind of thing you eat from the bag with a spoon as a snack? It tastes a bit like flapjack, right? Fine if you’re only eating the three tablespoons or so the packets suggest as an average serving, but who on earth has the willpower to stop at three tablespoons of granola?
Making your own solves this problem. I sweeten my granola with honey, still calorific but more natural.The result is a granola that’s less sickly sweet than the shop variety, but still just as crunchy and delicious. There’s no fat at all, and only natural sugars.
Secondly, making your own granola is much cheaper. Once you have the store cupboard ingredients; honey, salt, vanilla, cinnamon, and have made a batch of apple compote (I make several batches and freeze in individual portions so I have some ready to make granola whenever I want), all you need to buy is muesli base mix, which is very cheap, and the nuts and fruit. My recipe makes around 1.5 kilos of granola, and the ingredients cost around £5. Good-quality branded granola sells for up to £5 for 500g, so you’re saving a substantial amount of money.
Thirdly, when making your own granola you can do anything you like. Your breakfast bowl is your oyster. Not a fan of raisins? Leave them out! Really addicted to pecan nuts (who isn’t)? Throw loads in! Want to spice it up with some ground ginger or something exotic like cardamom? Go for it! Play around with your fruit and nut combinations until you’re happy and have tailored it to your own personal taste.
I should add a fourth point here: making your own granola is so much easier than you’d think. You literally just whisk a few things together in a bowl, mix in your oats, then spread it out on baking sheets and bake, stirring occasionally, before adding the fruit and nuts. It takes under an hour and will fill your house with delicious warm, spiced aromas.
here's what you'll need...
- 320ml apple compote* (instructions below)
- 120g runny honey or maple syrup
- 1.5 tsp vanilla extract
- 1.5 tsp ground cinnamon
- ¾ tsp salt
- 1kg muesli base mix (I get mine from Holland & Barrett)
- 100g brazil nuts, chopped
- 60g flaked almonds
- 80g chopped dates
- 80g chopped apricots
- 100g sultanas