Granola is something I have had a bit of a mixed history with. I started eating it religiously a few years back as my “Healthy Breakfast Alternative” but when I was in culinary school and making it I realised that the recipe called for quite a bit of sugar and honey and some other not so nice things. Looking into it a little more I saw that most granolas sold in stores are about as healthy as putting crushed cookies on top of your yoghurt in the morning.
This is the first time I have made this recipe and I really like it so far. I did away with all of the sugar and questionable ingredients and am just relying on the natural sweetness of the oats and the spices to bring this dish to flavour-town. It is still fairly adaptable, use whatever nuts and seeds you like or have around your kitchen. I find this combo is perfect for me but everyone has a different desire when it comes to breakfast.
1 Handful of Sunflower Seeds
1 Handful of Sesame Seeds
1 Handful of Walnuts
1 Handful of Hazelnuts
1 Handful of Pumpkin Seeds
1 Handful of Porridge Oats
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Nutmeg
1 Handful of Raisins
-Preheat your oven to 180°.
-In a food processor or a blender, blitz the hazelnuts and the walnuts together to break them up a bit. Don’t make them too fine though or your Granola will have no texture.
-Mix together all of your ingredients except the Raisins in a large bowl, making sure that everything is well combined and coated with the spices.
-Pour out your nuts and seeds mix onto a large baking tray and lay them all as flat as possible.
-Place the baking try in your oven for five minutes at a time until the start to go a delicious golden brown. Don’t be tempted to leave them any longer than five minutes at a time. Nuts are notorious for turning on even the best chefs at a moment’s notice.
-When they are coloured to your liking, remove from the oven and lay out on a large flat surface to cool evenly.
-Add the raisins to the mix when everything is cool and store in airtight jars until needed.