Homemade Granola Recipe
I used to buy muesli and granola. I was then was inspired to try homemade Granola after watching Gordon Ramsay make some on TV. So I set about finding my favourite Homemade Granola Recipe.
This Homemade Granola Recipe has been adapted over time and is highly flexible. So if you don’t have cranberries or prefer some other dried fruit, put that in instead. The same with nuts and seeds, use whatever you have. This homemade Granola is always delicious whatever you do with it within reason, and we haven't eaten shop-bought since we started making our own.
Isn't homemade Granola expensive?
The ingredients might seem pricey. But homemade Granola still works out cheaper pound for pound than buying it ready made, particularly if you stock up when oats, seeds etc are on a deal. Plus it tastes wonderful, and you know exactly what’s in it.
If you work out what the well known brands cost per kilo, you might be a bit shocked. Tempting as it might be to go for cheap oats, jumbo oats work the best.
This recipe makes 14 adult servings, ie enough for 2 people for 2 weeks. It will last one month in the jar I believe, though it never lasts that long in our house.
Is homemade Granola healthy?
The sugars in this recipe are natural sugars, but they are sugars nonetheless. So, as with all things, enjoying in moderation is key. Granola is a great source of fibre, which we could all do with more of.
Enjoy with skimmed milk if you’re watching the calories (cough – yes homemade granola is fairly calorific but think of the energy you’ll have, and you don’t need much to feel full), though I love it with full fat milk.
If you’re feeling decadent it’s stunning mixed with greek yoghurt, a mixture of fresh blueberries and strawberries and a dribble of raw honey over the top.
What is the difference between Granola and Muesli?
I didn’t know the difference between muesli and granola until I looked it up. I had always assumed they were the same thing, and had used the two terms interchangeably for years. Muesli originated in Switzerland in the 1900s, is traditionally eaten with milk and the ingredients are uncooked. Granola originated in the US in the 1890s and, whilst the ingredients are often similar, they are bound with oil or butter and honey or syrup, and then baked in the oven. Making the end result crunchy. So now you know.
Best Ever Homemade Granola Recipe
- 2 tsp coconut oil
- 25 ml honey
- 25 ml maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 300 g jumbo rolled oats
- 50 g sunflower seeds
- 1 tbsp black sesame seeds
- 1 tbsp white sesame seeds
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp linseeds
- 50 g pumpkin seeds
- 100 g flaked almonds
- 100 g dried cranberries (or soft fruit of your choice)
- 50 g dried coconut flakes (or dessicated coconut works fine and is easier to find)
- Pre-heat the oven to 150C/fan 130C/gas mark 2.
- Mix the oil, syrup, honey and vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl. Add in all the ingredients except the dried mixed berries/fruit and coconut. Mix everything well to coat as many of the dry ingredients as you can.
- Line 2 large baking trays with baking parchment or foil. Spread the mixture out between the 2 trays.
- Bake in the oven for 15 minutes. Our oven isn’t big enough to put them on the same shelf, so I swap them round half way through so the mixture is evenly toasted.
- Take the trays out of the oven, add the dried berries/fruit & coconut, mix well. Return the trays to the oven for another 10-15 minutes.
- Remove the trays from the oven and, when you’re brave enough to pick up the hot foil/baking parchment, lift each of the sheets from two ends and gently shake the granola into the middle to prepare for pouring into the jar when it’s cool enough to handle. Move from the hot tray to a cool heat-proof surface and allow to cool completely.
- When it’s completely cold, lift up the sides of the foil again to create a tube, and pour like a funnel into a resealable jar. I have developed this foil/paper funnel business over time, thereby avoiding the heartache of watching my loving prepared granola scatter over the floor as I attempt to get it in the jar.
- Put your jar on a shelf in the kitchen and admire it, because this particular homemade delight is as beautiful to look at as it is delicious to eat.
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