Friday, 25 July 2014

recipe : granola

As I’ve recently mentioned, I love being in the kitchen and making things myself that normally you’d simply buy in the grocery store. For example, I always bake the bread we eat, but lately I’ve been more into eating yoghurt. I’ve grown a bit tired of spending 10+ minutes every morning on mixing my own muesli with things from at least ten separate small bags, so I thought I’d simply make some granola instead. The fun thing with making your own granola is that you can choose your favourite things and make your perfect mix of your favourite things. I used a recipe from a food magazine as inspiration, but then improvised on the ingredients and quantities. So here’s what I put in my granola, but of course you can substitute things that you don’t like for anything you prefer.  Mine has quite a lot of nuts, seeds and dried fruit in relation to grains, because that’s how I like it, but of course you could substitute a little bit of the seeds or nuts with more oats, for example. You get the gist! Enough rambling - here’s the recipe.

Makes a bit more than 1,5 litres.

200 ml (130 grams) of nuts (I used equal parts of walnuts and hazelnuts)
300 ml (90 grams) of rolled oats
300 ml (90 grams) of rolled spelt
200 ml (70 grams) of coconut chips
100 ml (60 grams) of sunflower seeds
75 ml (50 grams) of flaxseeds
75 ml (50 grams) of pumpkin seeds
75 ml of water
2 tbsp of oil
2 tbsps of honey
150 ml (90 grams) of cranberries
150 ml (90 grams) of raisins

Preheat the oven to 175 degrees celsius.

Mix all your dry ingredients except for the fruit/berries. Stir in water, oil and honey until evenly distributed.

Spread your granola mixture on a lined baking sheet. Roast in oven for about 15 minutes, checking and stirring once in a while so as to not burn it.

Remove baking sheet from oven and let the granola cool. Once cool, mix in your dried fruit.

And voilĂ , you’re done! Store your granola in glass jars (or whatever you prefer) in a dry, cool place.

One thing I realised is that photographing granola is difficult. However, even if it doesn't look extremely appetizing, it's absolutely delicious with some natural yoghurt and perhaps some fresh fruit and berries. Mmmmmm. I can't wait for tomorrow morning!

What do you put on your yoghurt? Are you a fan of granola?

Love, Mimmi