Granola often suffers a boring ‘health food’ rap, which I think is unfair. My granola recipe is more of a treat with healthy ingredients, which I am always happy to feed to my family. Once you discover your favorite blend, you’ll find yourself craving fresh, homemade granola, and not just for breakfast.
I’ve found my favorite combination of ingredients over the years, and the basic components are: grains (I always use oats), fruits, nuts, and seeds. You’ll need something sweet to bind everything together, and my favorite sweetener is maple syrup (with a touch of good honey added, if I have it on hand). I tend to make a triple batch; not only do we eat tons of it, but it makes a lovely little gift in a cello bag or glass jar. The recipe below is delicious with yoghurt for breakfast, and it makes a superb topping for custard or ice cream after dinner.
When I am trying to minimize my sugar intake, I will make muesli with the same ingredients. Mix your dry ingredients together in bulk. Serve with milk or fruit juice, allowing a few minutes for the liquid to soak into the oats. Top with fresh fruit for a super healthy breakfast or snack!
If you like the recipe below, here are a few other flavor combinations I’ve tried and liked:
oats, cashew, coconut, pumpkin seed, dried cherry
oats, poppy seeds, orange zest, almond, dried currants
oats, rolled dates, coconut, hazelnuts, flax, cinnamon
oats, dried apricot, pistachio, walnuts, cardamom
Kate's Homemade GranolaPrint Recipe
- 16oz/450g thick rolled oats
- 8oz/225g whole cashews
- 6oz/170g pumpkin seeds
- 4oz/113g unsweetened coconut chips or unsweetened coconut flakes
- 6oz/170g dried tart cherries
- 5oz/177ml maple syrup
- 1oz/29ml honey
- 1oz/29g butter
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2tsp vanilla extract or vanilla paste
Preheat the oven to 325°F/162°C.
Combine the oats, cashews, pumpkin seeds, and coconut in a large mixing bowl.
Set aside the dried cherries.
Bring the maple syrup, honey, butter, and vanilla extract to a low boil.
Pour over the mixture of dry ingredients, mixing well.
Add the salt and mix a bit more.
Toast the granola on two large sheet pans, stirring every 5-7 minutes, until golden (about 15 minutes)
Add the dried cherries to the toasted granola.
Cool completely, then store in an airtight container.
The ingredients are easy to switch around; try rolled spelt flakes instead of oats, sunflower seeds instead of pumpkin seeds, etc. There are endless possibilities!