Homemade Granola

Shop bought granola tends to be laden with sugar, and often contains something-or-other I don’t like. Making your own granola at home is unbelievably simple, and the best part about it is you can tailor the recipe to your own taste! You don’t even need to take the weighing scales or baking bowl out! I like to mix mine in the dish I cook it in, and measure my ingredients with a cup! It’s a really great recipe to try with kids, as they (hopefully!) won’t get too messy and can get excited to make breakfast for the family.

Play around with this recipe. Use whatever nuts, seeds or dried fruits you like. I love to add some desiccated coconut, but if you’re not a fan, just leave it out. Adding salt to the granola really brings out the flavours of the various ingredients so make sure you add some. I don’t like granola to be overly sweet, so I only use a very small amount of honey. If you like a sweeter granola, double the amount of honey, and maybe even add a tablespoon of brown sugar.

Finally, I sometimes like to experiment by adding different spices to the granola. Half a teaspoon of powdered masala chai mix is nice if you have it, otherwise try mixed spice, cinnamon, cloves or nutmeg.

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Granola

  • 2 cups oats
  • ½ cup desiccated coconut
  • ½ cup flaked almonds
  • ½ whole almonds
  • handful of hazelnuts
  • handful of pecans
  • handful of sunflower seeds
  • handful of pumpkin seeds
  • 4 tbsp coconut oil
  • 3 tsp honey
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp mixed spice or cinnamon (optional!)

Preheat the oven to 170 °C (fan).

Measure all of the dry ingredients into a baking dish.

Melt the coconut oil and honey together in the microwave (or in a pan on a low heat).

Pour the melted oil and honey into the dry ingredients and mix around with a wooden spoon or your hands.

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Cook in the oven for 15-20 min, but take it out every 5 minutes and mix it up to ensure even toasting. It might take longer than 20 minutes, but just keep going until the mixture is an even golden brown.

Add dried fruits at this stage. Store in an airtight container.

 

Tag @thecorkfork on Instagram if you try making your own granola!

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