Homemade Nutty Granola

I love weekends.

Apart from the obvious of not having to wake up to an alarm or fight my way through Sydney’s renowned terrible traffic. I love weekends because I get to spend more time cooking & really savouring the food I eat.

For years, I’ve lived by the 80/20. I call it the wholesome, sometimes wicked diet. Monday – Friday you’ll tend to see me eat at my best – simple, fresh & nutritional produce. Now don’t get me wrong, I still eat well over the weekend, but I don’t hold back in ordering or making slightly more indulgent food….like crispy pork belly or a freshly baked chocolate & hazelnut muffin with my afternoon coffee. It’s all about balance for me.

My homemade granola is always a hit on the weekend. Not because it’s made with crazy indulgent ingredients, but I have the luxury of more time on my hands which for me, is pure indulgence. More time means making a fresh batch and serving it up with big dollops of creamy Greek yoghurt, fresh seasonal fruit and of course, a hot cup of freshly brewed coffee – absolute bliss. In our household it’s the perfect start to the weekend.

homemade granola

 

Homemade Granola

 

  • Rolled Oats 2 Cups
  • Puffed Rice 1.5 Cups
  • Cinnamon 1 heaped tsp
  • Shredded Coconut 40g
  • Dried Sultanas 120g
  • Mixed Nuts 65g (I love to use pecans, raw peanuts & macadamia nuts)
  • Pepita Seeds 80g
  • Sunflower Seeds 30g
  • Maple Syrup 100ml
  • Vanilla Paste 1/2 tsp (alternatively use 1 tsp vanilla extract)
  • Macadamia oil 2 tb
  • Honey 1 tb

Preheat the oven to 150C.

In a small saucepan, gently heat the oil, maple syrup, cinnamon & vanilla. Swirl the pan to encourage the ingredients to combine. Remove from the stovetop.

In a separate large mixing bowl, mix together the oats, puffed rice, seeds & nuts. Add the warm syrup, stirring until everything has a shiny coat.

Line a large rectangle baking tray with baking paper. Pour in the oat mixture and spread out evenly using a spoon. Place in the oven for 15 mins . Remove from the oven and give the mixture a stir. Return to the oven for a further 10mins. Remove from oven one last time, add the coconut, sultanas and drizzle over the honey, giving it a quick toss before returning to the oven for a further 3 mins.  Turn off the temperature & allow the granola to cool in oven.  Store in an airtight container.

Enjoy!

homemade granola

 

 

homemade granola
*Originally published in 2013, this post has been updated May 2016

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