I have been reading a lot of American food blogs for a while now and often a recipe for granola pops up. I found some cheap instant oats in a discount store and my mind wandered to those recipes. I bought an 800g bag for $2.50SG and then wandered the dried fruit and nut aisles in the supermarket. It turns out, granola is delicious and we devoured the first batch! If you eat it like cereal in a bowl with milk, the milk takes on a delicious caramel like taste but we also had it sprinkled on top of yogurt and just shoved handfuls of it into our gobs as a snack.
The first time I made it, I used vegetable oil, but changed it this time to coconut oil for the health benefits. Coconut oil is really cheap here. I know it can be expensive in Australia but that’s the beauty of this recipe. It can easily be changed to suit your tastes and requirements. You could try olive oil or even just luxurious butter for the fat component and I imagine maple syrup would be delicious in place of the honey. The nut, seed and fruit options are endless. Some combinations I have scribbled down to try next time are:
- Coconut flakes, dried mango and macadamias
- Freeze dried raspberries, hazelnuts and choc chips added afterwards *drooling*
- LSA mix, dried apple, almonds and almond essence instead of vanilla
Give it a try and let me know what you think!
I used instant oats because I got them cheap and they definitely worked well. All the recipes I’ve seen before have used whole rolled oats though, so go ahead and use whatever is easier for you. I think it’s also important to note that a lot of banana chips went in my mouth before they were measured and made it into this photo :)
The nut combinations are endless. I bought a pack of macadamia nuts but also had some leftover unsalted mixed nuts so added them in too. Mine are quite irregularly chopped which means some will brown more then others which adds texture.
Heat your glaze ingredients just enough to combine and to dissolve the salt. The salt seems like a weird addition but trust me, it works so well with the sweetness.
Pour the glaze over the oat mix and mix with your hands. Get ‘granola hands’ as pictured.
Spread out as evenly as possible on lined baking trays. Yes, that is the grill tray from the oven. I only have one baking tray :)
The cooking time for this could vary depending on your oven. You need to watch it and stir it constantly to prevent catching. Once it’s ready, it will turn from a lovely golden to ruined black very quickly so you really do want to keep an eye on it.
Add your dried fruit once the granola has cooled completely.
Dried Blueberry and Mixed Nut Granola
- 5 cups of instant oats
- 80g sunflower seeds
- 3 tbs sesame seeds
- 1 cup of dried banana chips, crumbled into large chunks
- 100g mixed unsalted nuts, chopped roughly– I used macadamias, hazelnuts, walnuts, cashews and almonds
- ¼ cup of coconut oil
- ½ cup of honey
- 1tsp salt flakes
- ½ tsp dried cinnamon powder
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 100g dried blueberries
- Optional milk and fresh blueberries to serve
- Preheat the oven to 170°C. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper.
- Combine the oats, both seeds, banana chips and nuts in a large bowl.
- In a small saucepan, combine the oil, honey, salt, cinnamon and vanilla and heat just enough to combine and to dissolve the salt.
- Pour the glaze over the oat mix and combine with your hands.
- Spread out evenly on the lined baking trays then place in the oven.
- I imagine the cooking time for this will vary greatly depending on your oven. Mine cooked for 17 minutes in total and I stirred each tray at 7 minutes, then again at 12 minutes. The edges cook quicker so try and stir these into the middle and get the lighter coloured bits to the edge.
- Once both trays are golden all over, remove from the oven. If one part of your oven is hotter then another, the trays may end up coming out at separate times.
- Once removed from the oven, immediately transfer the granola to a big bowl to stop the hot trays from cooking it any further. The oats won’t be crispy at this point, but will crisp up as they cool.
- Once the granola has cooled completely, stir in the dried fruit and place into an airtight container like a jar or, if you’re classy like me, a big plastic freezer bag.
- Serve with milk and fresh blueberries on top.
I can’t tell you how long this lasts, because every time I make it, we eat it in a couple of days.