Food Crush W36 : Homemade Granola

In Food crush, Make on September 7, 2012 at 4:55 pm

Before I jump into this week’s food crush, I have to apologise for the missing piece last week. I should have updated you guys earlier that I would be away on our first family holiday to Bintan so posting would be a little tricky with the bubs and all. Of course it didn’t help that we were sans an Internet connection, but it’s all good as this week, my food crush comes with a bonus, making it a recipe edition! I have always loved granola. The love affair started out first with the good old granola bars and slowly progressed to cereals, after discovering how much more exciting and delicious oat clusters can make breakfast! I literally was so into them that I remember carting boxes of Marks & Spencers’ strawberry & almond and apple & cinnamon cereal up to the US when I was doing my Masters and had them for both brekkie and sometimes lunch! I did also learn over the years, that many of these store bought products are laden with sugars and preservatives so I began making my own granola mixes. At least I would then know what goes into them and not fret if I did on occasion, polish off more granola than I was supposed to!

I used to follow the homemade granola recipe off Martha Stewart’s website, making some tweaks of course based on what the home pantry had in stock. Since oat clusters were my thing, I found I needed to double the wet ingredient portion to allow more clusters to be produced. With this recipe, I thought I pretty much nailed a perfect granola that is until Chubby Hubby shared his granola go-to recipe. I tried it out and was amazed how his recipe was even simpler and yielded really nice oat cluster to loose granola proportions. I loved how the maple syrup gave the granola a nice aroma and sweetness, quite different from the honey used in Martha’s recipe. Also, not melting the sugar allowed for caramelising instead in the oven, again adding a fantastic caramel hint that I was not able to achieve prior. I did love the dry mix from Martha’s recipe so I ended up mix mashing the two recipes in my latest attempt at homemade granola and yielded some pretty gorgeous granola. I had to apportion the granola out into smaller containers to limit how much I would eat at any one sitting, for the sweet caramelly, part salty and fabulous texture of the oat cluster filled granola is extremely addictive! No more store bought granolas for me as I think I’ve got my very own prized mix, made fresh and all within an hour!

Homemade Granola . Adapted from Chubby Hubby & Martha Stewart

Ingredients

300g (3 cups) rolled oats

125g (1 cup) raw pumpkin seeds

130g (1 cup) sunflower seeds

200g raw chopped almonds or other nut of your choice (you can have more than one kind of nut just make sure it adds up to 200g)

85g (packed ½ cup) light brown sugar

1 tsp salt

120ml (1/2 cup) maple syrup, Grade B

120ml (1/2 cup) olive oil

75g (about ½ cup) raisins (optional)

75g (about ½ cup) cranberries (optional)

Method

Preheat the oven to 150° Celsius using the convection/fan setting.

Line a rimmed half sheet pan with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, combine the oats, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds (or other nuts of your choice), light brown sugar, and salt. Stir to mix.

Add the olive oil and maple syrup, and stir until well combined. Spread the mixture in an even layer on the prepared sheet pan. Bake, stirring every 15 minutes, until the granola is golden brown and toasted, about 55 minutes.

Place on a rack to cool completely.

Stir in raisins and or cranberries.

Store in an airtight container(s).

Makes about 1kg worth of granola.

Munch away!

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  1. Hi Lydia

    Tried making this yesterday and it is absolutely delicious! I mixed maple syrup with golden syrup and it turned out well! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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