Granola

macadamia granola

Granola

In Australia we call granola ‘toasted muesli’. Either way it makes a wonderful Christmas gift because it keeps for ages and seems a lot ‘fancier’ than it really is. Please feel free to take this base recipe and adjust it to suit your preferences.

make about 10 cups
200g (7oz) honey
4 tablespoons neutral flavoured oil
400g (14oz) traditional rolled oats
100g (3.5oz) oat bran
500g (1lb) raw almonds

1. Preheat your oven to 150C (300F).

2. Combine honey and oil in a small saucepan and heat until hot and really runny.

3. Mix oats and bran in a large bowl. Add honey mixture and stir until well mingled.

4. Spread on a baking tray. Bake for 15 minutes.

5. Stir granola. Add nuts and bake for another 15 minutes.

6. Continue to stir and bake every 15 minutes until granola is deeply golden – about 1 hour all up.

7. Cool on the tray before storing in airtight containers or zip lock bags.

Shelf Life

Will keep for 6 months or so. The first thing to go will be the almonds turning rancid.

Variations

different nuts – macadamias, hazelnuts, pecans or brazil nuts or a combo of any are good. If using roast nuts add at step 7.

seeds – stir in a few handfuls of your favourite seeds at step 7. Sunflower seeds, pepitas (pumpking seeds) linseeds and sesame seeds are all great.

fruit – dried fruit tends to go hard over time and it makes the granola lose its crunch. I prefer to store dried fruit separately and combine when I’m ready to eat.

cinnamon – add about 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon to the honey mixture.

sweeter – add more honey!

budget – the most expensive ingredients are the nuts and honey. Reduce the nuts and replace the honey with 150g (5oz) brown sugar and 50g (2 oz) water.

Problem Solving Guide

more crunchy – cook for longer and next time consider adding more oil to help with the crunch.

Packaging Suggestions

Just needs an airtight container to stop it going soggy. You could use Mason jars or other cool glass jars to show off the texture of the granola.

Or use ziplock bags. For a prettier appearance place your ziplock bag inside a brown paper bag with a little ‘window’ cut out so you can see the granola through the plastic bag.

Ingredients List

Almonds, oats, honey, oat bran, oil.

Serving Suggestions

breakfast – I love it with natural yoghurt and fresh blueberries.

‘instant’ crumble – serve cooked or raw fruit with granola sprinkled over and fresh cream or ice cream on top.

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