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.
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).
365 g mixed grains – mainly oats
365 mixed nuts, dried fruit
5 ml vanilla extract
7 g cinamon
- Weigh and chop nuts in food processor
- Weigh and mix dry ingredients including cinnamon.
- Weigh and thoroughly mix wet ingredients
- Combine wet and dry ingredients in container you will cook them in.
- 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.
- 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.