Homemade granola

my jar of granola

Why bother?

How rude. It’s a great mid-morning snack at work, fancy when sprinkled on a dessert and makes the perfect gift in a little jar. Most importantly it’s great for your own posho breakfast. Mix your breaky granola with some ordinary oats to make it last longer and accompany with yogurt, fresh or frozen fruit and shaved coconut which is very cheap from any supermarket. This very useful edible life skill was taught to me by Lewy’s Mum and I want to now pass it on to you.

Your shopping list

This is going to sound horribly middle class, but if you can find a local market that has local honey and a nut stall, take your reusable containers and fill them up with all kinds of nuts and dried fruit. Then if like me you have a forever foraging husband, hide them somewhere safe. For those of you who don’t have the time or the luxury of a local nut guy pop to the shops. Either way, these are the ingredients you need to gather:

  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 3/4 bag of oats
  • 1/3 cup of honey or a plop more
  • 1/3 cup of maple syrup or molasses (or more honey instead)
  • Small sprinkle of vanilla extract
  • Smallish shake of cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons of desiccated coconut (optional for extra posh)
  • One cup of mixed nuts, seeds and fruit (e.g. hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, shaved almonds, walnuts, dried berries, dried mango, sultanas, sunflower seeds, chia seeds – whatever you can find)

Vague instructions

After your first try, you can perfect to your taste and make it up as you go along. Just beware it is delicate, and can burn quickly. Here is the general gist:

  1. Preheat oven to a lowish heat of around 160Β° C
  2. Grease-proof paper a big, wide flat oven dish or tray
  3. Heat the coconut oil in the microwave for 20 or 30 seconds until melted
  4. Mix everything in a big bowl (including melted coconut oil)
  5. Sprinkle the mix evenly onto your baking tray
  6. Stick in the oven for 7 minutes and then give it a mix around
  7. Return to oven for another 7 minutes (or until golden – be careful not to burn berries)
  8. Remove from oven and let cool
  9. Put your granola in cute little recycled jars or a big lunchbox
Coconut yogurt, granola, frozen berries and coconut

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