Monday, October 13, 2014

Day 13 - Granola

To be precise home made granola. We use a recipe in Nigella's Feast - she credits the recipe to Andy Rolleri of the Pantry in Fairfield Connecticut.

I had been experimenting with reducing the amount of sugar in it, but after a bit of a failure last time I decided to return to the original recipe. It is so good! I'll just have to reduce the amount I eat at breakfast.

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My slight modifications to the original recipe in Feast

5 cups rolled oats
1 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup pumpkin seeds
175g (200ml) apple compote or apple sauce
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/3 cup golden syrup
4 tablespoons honey
100g (3/4 cup tightly packed) brown sugar
2 cups whole almonds (or hazelnuts or any other nut you'd prefer)
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons sunflower oil
1 cup coconut flakes

300g raisins (or sultanas or other dried fruit)

Heat the oven to 170 degC.

Mix everything except the dried fruit and coconut in a bowl. I microwave the honey and golden syrup so that it's runny.

Spread out the mix onto two baking trays covered with baking paper.

Bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes. I watch it carefully as it can burn easily, after 15 minutes use a spatula to turn the mix over, and add the coconut flakes on top.

Allow it to cool and then mix in the dried fruit (which I inevitably forget so end up mixing in a handful each day into my bowl).

Serve with milk, greek yoghurt and fruit compote (today it was the rest of the apple compote I made for the mix).

Thanks Andy and Nigella.


Deborah Lee said...

Yum! I've been making my own granola too. My recipe is very similar but I don't put any brown sugar at all. I use 1/3 cup maple syrup, 3 tablespoons of honey and a couple of tablespoons of coconut oil, which I also heat all together to make it runny. I honestly find that's sweet enough. Sometimes I chuck in some chopped dried apricots/dates/ cranberries as well which also adds sweetness.

Caitlin O'Grady said...

Delicious! I've been trying to find a hit granola recipe for weeks, and just pulled this one out of the oven. Best I've had by far, and from my own kitchen. Thank you!
Will also try the coconut oil instead of brown sugar as suggested above.. x

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