Granola. Yes. Everyone needs them. It’s a staple of life. It’s for breakfast, breakfast is the way of life.
I never used to have granola in my diet, granola to me was simply fancy prepared oats that I could buy from a supermarket. And then my health guru of a friend who eats nuts, fruits, seeds, plain yoghurt and her homemade granola for breakfast every single morning gave me some of hers before I came to Paris.
I reckon everyone should have a jar of homemade Granola tucked away somewhere in your cupboard that you can whip out and toss with some plain yoghurt, honey and fresh fruits whenever you feel like snacking. And if you don’t already have a Granola recipe, here’s mine to share with you. Although really, you don’t have to follow it. Be creative and literally, mesh in whatever makes you happy!
Natalie’s Homemade Granola:
rolled oats – 1 cup
mixed nuts & seeds – 3/4 cups (I used whole almonds, pistachios, almond flakes, sunflower seeds, flaxseeds)
mixed dried fruits – 1/2 cup (I used cranberries, raisins, candied ginger, apple and apricots)
mini chocolate chips – 1/4 cup
maple syrup/manuka goney – 1/4 cup (I used Maple Syrup)
fruity olive oil – 1/8 cup
pear juice – 1/4 cup
almond extract – 1/4 tbsp
ground cinnamon – 1/4 tsp
fine sea salt – Slightly less than 1/4 tsp
black pepper – 1/8 tsp or just a few cracks
She’s an incredible baker and food photographer who makes the most beautiful home-baked desserts. She effortlessly makes baking look so easy and clearly inspires many to do what she does. She runs a blog just as I do and if you’re interested, this is her. Anyway, back to the Granola. So I tasted it, and I was mind-blown. It was delicious, crunchy, healthy, and so incredibly easy to execute! The best part is you can make it however you like it! Kind of like a burger bar where you can build your own burger. This is exactly the same concept, except in a much healthier sense. Another perk is, homemade Granola offers you the perfect opportunity to clear out whatever crap you have in your pantry. All your nuts and dried fruits from scone-baking, just throw them all in there and mix it up.
Preheat your oven to 160C.
Mix the oats and nuts together.
Combine all the wet ingredients, along with the cinnamon, salt and pepper and mix until it is cinnamon-lump-free.
Toss the mixture with the dry ingredients with a fork until it is nicely coated and scatter them out evenly on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
Bake in your preheated oven, tossing the mixture every 10-15 minutes to ensure even baking.
Once it is nicely browned and the mixture is almost dry, remove from the oven and let it cool for about 10 minutes.
Transfer into a bowl and add in your dried fruits and chocolate chips. As the granola is still slightly warm, it will semi melt your chocolate chips so you’ll have some melty bits in there that harden once cooled and you have small clusters of chocolate-granola bits. ;)
Serve alongside some plain yoghurt or almond milk topped with some fresh fruits.
I had mine with some slightly sweetened soy yoghurt.