Food Friday: Granola

Now that Friend Friday posts are fortnightly, I have decided to feature some of my favourite recipes on alternate Fridays. In order to keep the fashion element of the blog on a Friday too, I will also endeavour to post an outfit post later in the day. Hope you like the changes.

A couple of week’s ago I mentioned that my weekend breakfast was my homemade granola, the recipe for which I discovered via A Girl, A Style.

It is an reasonably easy recipe to follow that I would highly recommend it for your breakfast as you can make a large batch at the beginning of the week and it will last a week or two, depending on your appetite!

Ingredients:


3 cups of plain rolled oats (not instant or quick cooking)
1 cup roughly chopped nuts (any combination, such as almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts or pistachios)
A good handful of mixed seeds (such as pumpkin, sunflower, linseed)
1 cup roughly chopped dried fruit (such as apricots, peach, cranberries, dried cherries, sultanas, raisins)
1/2 cup apple juice
2 tbsp honey + 2 tbsp maple or golden syrup (or 4 tbsp honey)
2 tbsp vegetable oil or melted butter
Small handful of dried coconut (shredded or flaked – optional)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 pinch salt
A large handful of rice bubbles, wheat flakes, chocolate chips or any other preferred additives (optional)



Method:


1. Preheat the oven to 180C. Lightly grease 2 large baking trays/sheets.


2. Combine the oats and cinnamon in a bowl.

3. In a separate small bowl, combine the juice, vanilla extract, honey, syrup, salt and oil/butter. 

4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, and stir well.

5. Spoon evenly into two large baking trays, and bake for approximately 20 minutes – or until almost dry and golden.

6. Add the nuts, seeds, dried fruit and coconut (stirring in to combine and break up the baked mix slightly – you want a mix of small pieces and chunks). Bake for another 10-20 minutes, or until the nuts and dried fruit look slightly baked and the whole mix is a nicely crisp and golden.

7. Allow the mixture to cool completely. And store in an airtight container.

I like to serve a couple of spoons of the granola mix with a good few spoons of Greek-style yoghurt and a handful of berries.

What is your favourite breakfast recipe?
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