Tried & Tested Guaranteed Winner
I've been making and refining this recipe week-in week-out for years. My first experience of home-made granola was when we visited fabulous Fforest; their recipe is a closely guarded secret but we loved it so much I was inspired to devise my own.
I attribute in no small part my 3-stone pre-wedding weightloss to having a bowl of this granola every weekday as part of an inverted calorie triangle (highest calorie meal for breakfast through to lowest in the evening). Slow-release carbs from the satisfying oats that form the basis of this recipe ensure that hunger doesn't strike until mid afternoon.
The basic recipe ingredients that I always include are detailed below, but it's an adaptable base that lends itself to experimentation with different fruit zest, seed and nut combinations.
This particular recipe is mega-easy as I just use whole or 1/2 packs/jars, the only weighing or measuring involved is spooning out the oil.
- 6 Tbsp Rapeseed Oil
- Jar of Runny Honey (around 340g)
- 1/2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1/2 TspGround Ginger
- Sea Salt Flakes (To taste. I like a fistful in mine)
- 750g Pack of Porridge Oats
- 75g Dessicated Coconut
- 125g Pumpkin Seeds
- 250g Brazil Nuts
- 250g Chopped Dates
- Heat oven to 150°C. Combine oil, honey, vanilla, ginger and salt in a large bowl.
- Stir in the oats, coconut and seeds.
- Set dates and any other dried fruit aside until after baking.
- Chop Brazil nuts in two and add to mixture. Combine thoroughly.
- Spread mixture evenly about 15mm deep in shallow baking trays (lined if you don't trust their non-stick capabilities).
- Pat down and bake at 150°C for about 20-25 minutes.
- Once golden, transfer back to a bowl and add in the dates ensuring they are evenly distributed.
- Decant into airtight jars. The horror and mess of this was greatly minimised after I commissioned a custom Granola Funnel™ from Phormular Ltd.
I still have no idea how many bowlfuls this equates to, but it tends to last us about 1-2 weeks. I calculated the calorie content of a large bowlful with skimmed milk is around 500cals. High, but these calories should get you through the best part of the day.
A favourite adaptation of mine is to add orange zest, I also like to include sunflower seeds if I have them, but really the possible variations are limitless. I think substituting the dates for dried apricots could work well. I prefer my granola with milk, Phil tends to have Greek yoghurt with his. Either way I promise this is SUPER NICE and you should try it. You will like it.
Let me know what you think in the comments below, I'm particularly interested to know if anyone has any suggestions of a preferred ingredient variation that I might not have thought of...