A recipe for a deliciously nutty granola mix – I make this every fortnight. I eat it with yoghurt and the kids eat it from their lunch boxes. Delicious! It contains heaps of oats, nuts and seeds and has a hint of sweetness due to the presence of a little butter, honey and vanilla. Nothing too overpowering, everything is just right. It has a minimum amount of butter: only 1.2g per 100g ingredients. Enough to turn muesli into granola, but without adding loads of saturated fats. Of course you can add extra (dried) fruit to make the mixture sweeter, if you like.
I love to eat this with yoghurt and fresh fruit, and my son munches on the crunchy clusters during his morning school break.
This recipe will make a nice big batch of crunchy granola. It should keep for a few weeks when stored in an airtight container.
- muesli mixture:
- 4 cups (450 g) rolled oats (the whole oats, not instant)
- 1 1/4 cup (200g) almonds, roughly chopped
- 1,5 cup (200g) sesame seeds
- 1 cup (130g) pumpkin seeds,
- 1 cup (130g) sunflower seeds
- 30g butter
- 1/2 cup (120) ml runny honey
- 2 tbsp brown dark caster sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp vanilla powder (scraped vanilla beans)
// Recipe for granola
Essentially, we first roast a muesli mixture (oats, nuts and seeds), add the sauce and bake it further to make the crunchy granola.
1. Preheat the oven to 170ºC (340ºF, gas mark 4, moderate heat)
2. Roughly chop the almonds. This is the biggest job – the rest is easy!
3. Line a large baking tray with baking sheets and spread the oats and almonds onto it. Bake for 10 minutes.
4. Add all seeds (pumpkin, sunflower and sesame seeds) and bake for another 20 minutes.
5. Take the tray out of the oven. Put the oatmeal/almond/seeds mixture into a big bowl. Reduce the temperature to 130ºC (briefly open the oven door).
6. In a small pan, heat the butter, honey, brown caster sugar, vanilla powder and salt. Heat it well for a minute. If kids are helping you, keep them away from the pan. Add the butter/sugar mixture to the muesli and mix it really well, coating all oats, nuts and seeds.
7. Pour the mixture back onto the lined baking sheet and bake for 30-40 minutes until golden.
I hope you’ll like it! There are endless variations with other grains, nuts, seeds and dried fruits. I add dried apricots at the end, when the granola is finished. If dried fruit is put in the oven along with the granola, it gets too dry for my taste.
Adjust the sweetness by adding more or less sauce or by adding dried fruits. I know lots of people make granola using coconut oil. I’m sure it can be delicious, I just love the crunch of this butter-based granola, which usually lacks in the coconut versions. Perhaps I’m a little old-fashioned.. Tell me if you have a good recipe though, I’m happy to try!
// Home made granola recipe & a DIY gift idea!
So what can you do with home made granola, apart from munching away with yoghurt and fresh fruit? Make a lovely home made gift! Bff, dinner hosts, or a teacher appreciation gift!