Oats are my favourite. In fact, I frequently search for oat recipes on Pinterest. One of those is Granola, or better say crunchy granola.
After trying some recipes at last I tried to make one of my own, I mean not following the recipes I found on the internet, after all it is not a rocket science ☺
To some people it may seem exchausting, but trust me, it is worth the effort; Firstly because you choose the ingredients to use in it and secondly I think it is more affordable to make it at home instead of buying it.
Serves 10-12 portions
Cooking time: 30 min
- 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
- 1/3 cup shredded coconut
- 3 tbsp raisins (in this recipe I used sundried plums)
- 1/4 cup walnuts or hazelnuts or almonds or all of them
- 3 tbsp flax seeds
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground clove
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- 3 tsp brown sugar
- 2 tsp honey
- 1 tbsp water
- Preheat the oven to 280°C.
- Line a baking tray with parchment paper and add the oats & nuts. Mix well and roast them in the oven for about 20 minutes, but stirring after each 5 minutes (to prevent burning and also to ensure a uniform baking). After the 10 minutes, add the coconut and stir before returning the tray in the oven.
- While the oat mixture is baking, start making the syrup, adding the water, honey and sugar to a small pot and simmer in low heat stirring constantly with a woooden spoon or spatula until thick (about 5 to 6 minutes)
- When the granola has reached a nice golden brown colour, remove it from the oven, add the spices, flax seeds, the raisins and mix to combine. Pour the syrup on top of it and mix with a spatula to coat all the granola and dried fruits. Spread the mixture to an even layer with 2cm of thicknes and return the tray in the oven for an additional 5 minutes.
- Remove the tray from the oven and let it cool completely. Break the granola with your hands in bite sizes and store it in a airtight container for about a month.
I would suggest to store it in the fridge because I have noticed that the oils released from the nuts tend to become bitter when storing on the counter.