Homemade Granola, mmmmm, and so much more than just breakfast. Both Tilly and Lochie love munching on this as a snack, as do I. Pretty moreish, and it goes without saying it's so much better for you than the bought stuff. As with all processed food, you never QUITE know what's gone into it. Whereas making your own at home means you can add as much or as little sweetener of choice, and you'll be amazed to see actually how little you need once you've loaded it with other goodies like nuts, seeds and berries.
I have to say I don't often stick to a particular recipe as you can make your own unique granola by throwing in whatever nuts/seeds/dried fruit you have lurking at the back of the cupboard. But here is one of my favourite combos that I had to beg for from the lovely chef in an amazing hotel on our honeymoon.
Makes a decent sized Kilner jar
200gr rolled oats
100gr sesame seeds
50gr pumpkin seeds
Zest of an orange (or lemon)
Juice of an orange
8tbsp honey/agave/maple syrup
50gr of butter (omit if you want but adds to the amazing flavour)
150gr of any sort of dried fruit - i like raisins, dates and apricots, chopped.
Pre heat your oven to 170 degrees (fan).
Weigh out your dry ingredients (apart from the dried fruit) into a large bowl and grate in the zest of an orange.
Melt the butter in a saucepan and add the juice of the orange and the honey, or whatever sweetener you choose to use. Pour this over the dry ingredients and mix well.
Spread the mixture out onto a large baking tray (you might need 2) and bake in the oven for 15 mins, giving it a stir every 5-10. After 15 mins add the dried fruit, stir, and pop it back in the oven for a further 5-10 mins until nicely toasted. Remove from the oven and leave to cool on the baking tray, then break up with a spoon and add it to a large jar. And then feel excited about breakfast for the next week.