Pick and mix granola recipe

I go through phases of making my own breakfast cereal. I don’t know if this is weird or if lots of people make their own? I make all my other meals so why not breakfast? Anyway I digress… the main reason I make my own granola is there is always some ingredient in shop bought granola or muesli that I am not that keen on and most of them are rammed full of sugar, masquerading as health food. This way you know what is in it.

So this is just my guide really. Go crazy, throw in what you want. I really don’t think it can go wrong, it’s not even really cooking is it? I even measure it all out in cups to save weighing as it really don’t matter how accurate you are. Any cup size will do – say a medium tea mug if you don’t have any actual measuring cups.

Ingredients

  • 10 cups of oats
  • 1-2 cup of pecans broken into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup of flaked almonds
  • 2-3 tablespoons of flavorless oil or coconut oil if you are feeling trendy
  • 1 cup of maple syrup or honey (I used half of each as I had both in)
  • Splosh of vanilla extract
  • Sprinkle of ground cinnamon (don’t go too crazy with this)
  • Pinch of salt (very small pinch just to enhance the flavours. I appreciate I just said this can’t go wrong but I did once add too much salt which was pretty awful)

Method

Hardly a method really but just put everything in the biggest baking dish/tray you have and toast it all in the oven for about 30 minutes at 160. You can do a lower oven temperature and cook for longer if you don’t want to keep checking the nuts aren’t getting too toasty! You have to play the timings by ear a bit as it all depends on how big the cup is you’ve used.

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Basically get it out of the oven when it looks done, let it cool, then store in a airtight jar. Will keep ages… well unless you eat it every day like I do.

I serve mine with red berries (I just get the frozen mixed bags) and some greek yoghurt.

 

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