Granola has been demonised a little bit lately in the health food world. I guess there’s some validity to it. A lot of the stuff you can buy in supermarkets is so full of sugar and chemicals that the fact it was ever thought of as a health food is an absolute joke. The other problematic thing I find is that people tend to go way overboard on their portion sizes with granola, serving it like a breakfast cereal, filling up a bowl, mixing it with yoghurt and going to town. The thing is, granola can be delicious AND nutritious but the honey content (and god knows whatever else content in store bought granola) means its potential to send your sugar intake sky high is very real. 45g is a serving size, which isn’t a great deal. I prefer to think of granola as a sprinkle topping for fruit and yoghurt rather than as the main bulk of a breakfast.
ANYWAY. I recently started making my own granola, using (mostly) Jamie Oliver’s recipe. There’s a hidden natural living freak inside of me, and she doesn’t find E3681 to be a tasty treat. There’s just something really satisying about knowing what’s in your food. Here’s a bit of an amateur picture guide for anybody interested:
- 400g rolled oats
- Approx 300g mixed nuts, seeds and dried fruit
- 340g jar of honey
Whiz your nuts in a food processor (oo-er). If you don’t have a food processor, just bash them with something heavyish. I can confirm that the following work well:
- Rolling pin
- Champagne bottle
- Frying pan
- Tin of beans
- 5kg dumbell
Once your nuts are sufficiently bashed about, add them to your mixing bowl of oats. I sometimes like to add a bit of cinnamon at this point, but I forgot today *eye roll*.
Next, whack your honey in a bowl and microwave for about 2 minutes to make it super runny
Tip your honey into your oaty nutty mix & give it a stir until combined, then dump onto a lined roast tray.
Bake for 25 minutes or so at 180, or until it looks something like this!
You’ll want to leave it to cool down before you crumble up. It gives the honey time to set a bit so you get dem good granola chunks rather than crumbled oats. Store in an air tight container and you’ll be granola-ing it up for a month or more!
Serve up with your favourite fruits or berries and a spoon or two of Greek yoghurt and you’ve got yourself a balanced breakfast full of vitamins, protein, calcium and carbs that will release energy slowly throughout the morning and keep you going until lunch.
*top tip – for a warming winter treat with a bit more naughtiness, serve with cinnamon and brown sugar baked apples*