Saturday, 27 July 2013

Healthy granola.

Homemade granola tastes much better than the shop brought version and I am so pleased that I made another batch of granola, this time I made granola using Jo Wheatley's recipe from her first cook book, A Passion for Baking, which is a fantastic baking book. I have previously made granola using Nigella Lawson's recipe from her Feasts cookbook but preferred this recipe as it was much sweeter and I have a very sweet tooth. Once you have tried making your own granola and realise how easy it is you will never want to go back to shop brought again.

Here is how my Granola turned out:
Granola.
I first started by mixing all the ingredients except for the dried fruits together.
Granola ingredients.


Granola ingredients mixed.

I then placed the mixture in a greased roasting tin and placed in the oven for around 40 minutes and turning the granola every 10-15 minutes.
Granola pre bake.

Granola baked.

Once baked I added the dry fruit and stored in an airtight container.
Granola dried fruit added.

Granola mixed.


Granola.
Recipe for Granola.

300g rolled oats
4 heaped tbsp regular shop brought apple sauce
4 heaped tbsp clear/runny honey
1tbsp golden/maple syrup
3 tbsp oil
60g soft dark brown sugar
4 heaped tbsp desiccated coconut
60g mixed nuts (I used Cashew nuts), roughly chopped
100g dried fruits (apricots, cherries, raisins, cranberries, pineapple pieces etc).

Method
Preheat the oven to 170C/325F/Gas Mark 3/
Mix all the ingredients together, except for the dried fruit, in a large roomy bowl. Make sure that the oats are well coated in the honey, syrup and oil.
Turn the mixture out into a large baking tray in a single layer; shake the tray slightly so that you have some clumps and some smaller bits.
Bake on the middle shelf of the preheated oven for about 30-40 minutes until golden. You will need to keep stirring and jiggiling the granola around while it bakes so that it browns evenly.
Once baked, remove from the oven, add the chopped dried fruits and stir to combine. Leave to cool completely and then store in an airtight container. It will keep for a good month.

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  1. I so agree - homemade is the way to go - love the ingredients you use - especially the cashews!
    Mary x

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