Granola

Today is Granola day. Its also Sourdough bread day, and Energy bar day.

Its also quite wet outside, so a great excuse to stay inside and cook up some of these totally comfort staples.

I started making my own granola almost 2 years ago. Like everything else I develop a recipe for, start by looking what is already out there, analysing the common elements in the recipe, and experimenting, usually wanting to boil it all down to a basic memorable ratio that is the base product.

So for granola, the keys are grains, nuts, cereal, oil and sweetner. I also knew I wanted it to be as healthy as it could be, and so there was a commitment to using only organic ingredients and to use honey as the sweetner.

Here’s what my mise en place looks like: 

How I got to my current ratio is now lost in the mists of time, but here is the final recipe. The ratios are at the bottom of the recipe. I guess I did not quite succeed in the area of simplicity.   This will fill a 2 litre jar – about 1 kilo.

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).
Ingredients
365 g mixed grains – mainly oats
365 mixed nuts, dried fruit
60g oil
150g honey
5 ml vanilla extract
7 g cinamon
Preparation

  1. Weigh and chop nuts in food processor
  2. Weigh and mix dry ingredients including cinnamon.
  3. Weigh and thoroughly mix wet ingredients
  4. Combine wet and dry ingredients in container you will cook them in.
  5. Bake in a preheated oven, for 10 minutes, remove from oven and stir. Return to oven and continue baking until golden, about 10 minutes. Stir and cook for 10 minutes more.
  6. Remove from oven and let cool completely before storing. Stir every 5 minutes as it is cooling to prevent sticking

This is what it should look like …… alongside a tray of energy bars.


Ratios:
Grains:nuts = 1:1
grains: liquid= 7:2
oil:honey = 2:5
5ml vanilla: 900g mix
7g cinnamon: 900g mix

Enjoy!

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