Store-bought granola is often expensive and does never fully correspond to your own preferences. So why not make it yourself? It is easy, relatively less pricey and you can customize it to whatever ingredients you like. It is also a great gift for friends and family.
For one big batch you need:
- 300 g oats
- 200 g dried fruits
- 200 g nuts or seeds
- 3 tbsp. oil
- 3 tbsp. water
- 100 g maple syrup
- 100 g sugar or honey
- one pinch of salt
For the oats, I often use a mix of oat, barley, millet, rye, wheat and spelt flakes, but regular oats will do. For the dried fruits, I like to choose one sweet fruit (e.g. raisins) combined with a more tart one (e.g. cranberries). For the nuts and seeds, I really enjoy almonds and pumpkin seeds, but use whatever you like. For the oil, adding coconut oil gives a great nutty flavour.
Coarsely chop the nuts and mix with the seeds and the oats.
In a saucepan, combine the syrup, water, honey/sugar, oil and salt and heat until everything is melted. Pour over your oat/nut mixture.
Spread this onto a lined baking tray. The layer should be no more than 1 cm thick. Bake in a preheated 140°C oven for about 40 minutes or until golden brown. While in the oven, mix 3 to 4 times to make sure the granola bakes evenly.
Remove from the oven (the granola will still be soft, it will get crunchy once cooled down) and let cool for a couple of minutes. Then add the fruit and mix thoroughly with your hands. Leave to cool completely and store in an airtight container.
I enjoy my granola with fresh fruit and yoghurt or just plain with cold milk.
This recipe is inspired by Yotam Ottolenghi’s Granola recipe in Ottolenghi the Cookbook