Today I made some granola as a bit of a change from our usual porridge, most likely the Mister will eat most of it, while I will have a small handful as a snack. I don’t really follow any particular recipe for it, just depends what is in the pantry.
This time round I used 2 cups of rolled oats, a scoop of wheat germ, and half a teaspoon of cinnamon, mixed together with 1/4 cup of brown sugar, big dessertspoonful of honey and 4 soup spoons of olive oil. I put it all in a roasting dish which I had lined with a silicone tray liner (you could use baking paper, and re-use it again) then toasted it at 175C fanbake for about 20 minutes, stirring the mixture every 5 minutes or so.
While it was toasting, I roughly chopped some almonds, and mixed them together with slivered almonds and dessicated coconut, I also drizzled a bit more honey over this mixture, then mixed it in with the rolled oat mixture and toasted for about 10 minutes more, stirring a couple of times. Once I had taken the granola from the oven and it was cooling, I added some chopped dried apricots, craisins and sultanas. I like to chop the dried fruit up fairly fine, as it means you don’t need to use very much (about two tablespoons or so) and it mixes through better.
Other ingredients that I have added are: oat bran, wheat bran, sesame seeds (not too much) dried coconut pieces, flaked almonds, dried apples, peaches or pears. Sometimes I have squeezed in some orange juice when I mixed in the brown sugar and honey. I prefer to eat granola in the warmer weather sprinkled over yoghurt and sliced banana.