• Serves: makes 1.5kg
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 40 minutes
  • Difficulty: easy

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

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set oven temp: 160C/gas mark 3

here's how it's done...

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    Pre-heat the oven to 160C (140C fan). In a large bowl, whisk together the apple compote, honey, vanilla, cinnamon and salt.

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    Add the muesli base mix and stir well to combine.

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    Spread the mixture out onto two large baking sheets, then bake for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and stir well, then return to the oven and bake for another 10 minutes. Stir again, then add the nuts. Bake for 10 minutes, then stir again, and bake for a final 10 minutes (40 minutes in total, stirring every 10 and adding the nuts after 20).

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    Remove from the oven and leave to cool before adding the fruit.

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    Stir well to combine, then store in an airtight jar until ready to eat and enjoy!

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By Elly McCausland on 08.07.13

Guest Contributor

3 responses to “How To Make Your Own Granola”

  1. Gold Price says:

    This granola makes a great cereal. You may also create a delicious and healthy trail mix by adding nuts (peanuts, walnuts, pecans) and fruit (dry pineapple, chopped dates, apricots or raisins) and even a few M&Ms or chocolate/carob chips. Perhaps a good ratio would be 1 cup granola combined with ¼ cup nuts, ¼ cup dried fruit and 1/8 cup candies.

  2. So like I said earlier; finding a good base granola recipe is key. I took this recipe, doubled it… swapped out butter for coconut butter, added spices, nuts and toasted coconut, and just like that… it’s a new granola!

  3. gold price says:

    Recipe Preparation: 1. Heat oven to 300°F. 2. Combine oats, bran, flaxseeds, nuts, seeds, coconut, spices and salt in a bowl. In another bowl, combine agave syrup, applesauce, brown sugar, vanilla and olive oil. 3. Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients; mix well. Scoop onto a baking sheet and spread in a 1/4-in.-thick layer. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, stirring every 20 minutes, until golden brown. The granola will seem a little soft when it is finished cooking. It will dry up as it cools. Add the dried fruit once the granola is cool.

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