I’ve always loved Granola, served with cool yogurt and topped with lots of fruits. I just never got around to making it at home. Now that I have, I doubt store bought granola would make it past our door step again.
Simple, quick, and made with flavours that I love. No more picking those coconut flakes out of my breakfast bowl.
I’ve indulged my love for citrus and gone for an apricot-orange combination.
Eat what you love, love what you eat!, I say.
2 cups oats
1 cup, chopped almonds
3/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 teaspoon salt
1.5 teaspoon all spice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup oil
Zest and juice of 1 orange
1 cup dried apricots, chopped
1/4 cup green sweet raisins
1. Preheat oven to Gas 4 (350 F) for 10 minutes. Grease a baking sheet or baking pan and line with parchment paper. Keep aside.
2. In a large mixing bowl, tip in all the dry ingredients (except the apricots and raisins) and mix well.
3. Combine the maple syrup, oil and orange juice and zest and pour over the dry ingredients. Stir well.
4. Spread out the mixture onto the baking pan and pop into the oven.
5. Bake for about 30 – 45 minutes, giving it a stir every 15- 20 minutes so that the granola is evenly crunchy and golden. You can turn off the oven once the granola looks light brown in colour and you can smell the toasted flavours.
6. Now add in the apricots and raisins and mix well.
7. Granola will turn crunchy as it cools. Store in an airtight jar and it should keep well for about 3 weeks. if it lasts that long.
Lots of Greek yogurt or any other thick yogurt, topped with fruit is my favourite way to enjoy a bowl of granola.
You can, of course, go to town with the toppings. I know someone who adds a huge scoop of ice cream to his! Hey, it’s a free country.