Fruity Granola

There are 17 million Google responses if you look for Granola.  Scary.  Well this makes it 17 million and one, for I made Granola at the weekend and I’ve decided that you must make this right away using my recipe.

The thing with Granola is that you don’t really need a recipe.  Chuck some oats, fruit and nuts into a bowl and add a combination of honey and oil and then bake it and you are pretty much going to end up with good Granola.  But my Granola recipe is the best.  You know why?  The amount of fruit in it.  Granola that is more oats than nuts and fruit is not worth eating in my book.

This recipe is also ideal when sorting out your pantry cupboards.  With all the baking from Christmas I had little amounts of sultanas and raisins and cranberries and almonds (both slivered and ground) in my baking box.  Granola is the answer.

I’m not one of those people who just goes into the kitchen without some sort of plan, I’m not a chuck it in the saucepan and see how it goes sort of person.  I need some rough guide for measurements, so I went to the Ottolenghi cookbook and sought advice.  Therefore, the recipe is lightly adapted from his book.

  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3tbs water
  • 4tbs grapeseed oil (although any flavourless oil will be fine)
  • 120ml maple syrup
  • 120ml clear honey
  • 250g rolled oats
  • 50g bran flakes (lightly crushed)
  • 100g dried cherries
  • 100g dried cranberries
  • 100g sultanas
  • 50g ground almonds
  • 50g slivered almonds
  • 1tbs light brown sugar
  • 120ml apple juice
  1. Heat oven to 150c.
  2. Place dried cherries, sultanas and cranberries in a bowl and cover with apple juice.
  3. Heat the salt, water, oil, syrup and honey and sugar until combined.  Take off heat.
  4. Place oats, bran, ground and silvered almonds in a bowl and mix together.  Pour in the syrup and mix.
  5. Place in the oven for 20 minutes and then and then turn the mixture with a wooden spoon.  Return to the oven for another 20 minutes.
  6. Once the mixture is lightly golden (but still soft) remove from the oven.  It took me 40 minutes to achieve this.
  7. Drain the cherries, cranberries and sultanas and stir into the granola mixture.
  8. Return to the oven for five minutes.  Take out of the oven and scatter on the tablespoon of brown sugar.

Leave the mixture to cool and then eat it.  It will keep for two weeks in an air tight container, but I don’t have to worry about things like that as it will never last that long in our house!

If you try it, will you let me know what you think?

~ Pru

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