Granola is so simple to make yourself, we're surprised more people don't do it. After all, not only does it work out cheaper that anything you might buy in a shop, it also contains less sugar (by which we mean no processed sugar at all) and is so much tastier. Plus, you can customise it to suit your preferences – add nuts, dried fruit, chocolate drops or whatever takes your fancy.
We've share our granola recipe below, which takes no longer than thirty minutes to prepare and can be batch cooked at weekends to make weekday breakfasts super straightforward.
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- Plain oats
- Maple syrup or honey
- Cinnamon, a liberal amount
- Salt, a sprinkle
- Your choice of mixed nuts and seeds, dried fruit, chocolate drops and more
1. Once you've decided on your choice of nuts and dried fruit, chop roughly into small pieces.
2. Add your oats to a large mixing bowl, along with your chopped nuts (leave out any dried fruit for now), enough honey or maple syrup to ensure everything sticks together – you can feel this out as you go – and plenty of cinnamon. You can also add in a small sprinkle of salt.
3. Thoroughly combine until some of your granola begins to cluster together. You may need to add more honey or maple syrup at this stage.
4. Spread your granola onto a large baking sheet, creating a thin layer on a few centimetres thick. We tend to prepare out granola in batches so that it all cooks correctly.
5. Place in the oven at around 180ºC for approximately 12 minutes. Check on it regularly to check that it hasn't burnt, and to turn over your granola to ensure that it cooks on both sides.
6. Once golden brown, remove from the oven and leave to cool before adding in any dried fruit or chocolate drops you may be choosing to use. Store in an airtight container.
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