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Knitting with granola

May 13, 2014
says it all

says it all

Or knitting yoghurt, or wearing Cornish pastie shoes… all signs of imminent hippydom and selling up to open a health food shop in small, unsuspecting Welsh village. But what was once laughed at by the moneyed-up city types as earthy incense saturated nonsense is now revered by the hipperati of Hoxton, vegans can be bankers and Hollywood is wearing Birkenstocks – it’s an absolute free-for-all out there.  What was hippy is now hip.  Granola is the new black.  So, I made some.

Tired of paying over the odds for glamorous packaging (100% recyclable of course), with butterflies and grains artfully scattered in muted, natural ink colours I decided to buy a big jar.  The contents of the packaging were almost invariably disappointing so I had very little to lose in trying to make my own.  I googled it for starters and trawled endless recipes of the best ever, most delicious/slimming/vegan/expensive/cheap/attractive…  The one I found that I liked best was from Buzzfeed (credit where it’s due) – fairly concise, clear instructions and options for ins and outs.

Here is my version.

I use American cups for measuring this, partly because the buzzfeed one uses them, and partly because it’s SO much easier than weighing everything, especially when you don’t have to be that accurate.  If you haven’t got them a tea cup will do but if you want to invest, and I heartily recommend you do, click here for super gorgeous posh china ones and here for yer bog standard.

2 cups jumbo oats

1 and half cups nuts (I used ancient leftover bag of mixed nuts plus some pecans, chopped brazils and flaked almonds because that’s what i had in the cupboard)

1 cup pumpkin and sunflower seeds

Geriatric seeds - oh oh!  Well, they were fine so I used them but more elderly than these were found too and reassigned to bird food duty.

Ooops! Geriatric seeds.  Oh well, they were fine so I used them, but more elderly than these were found too and reassigned to bird food duty.

1 cup maple syrup

half cup sunflower oil

1 whisked egg white (I did one tray with and one without – crunchier with)

1 and half cups mixed dried fruit (I used sultanas, chopped apricots and *goji berries)

lovely crunchy tasty

lovely crunchy tasty

 

*Here’s an interesting** fact about goji berries, also known as wolfberries, not to be confused with wolf apples; they are said to have great health benefits which you can google/believe/not believe as you wish (protect the liver, help eyesight, improve sexual function and fertility, strengthen the legs, boost immune function, improve circulation, promote longevity – so, life nice and tidy right there then).  They are quite tart on their own but in this granola recipe they work perfectly with the sweetness of the sultanas and apricots and add some lovely colour.

Pre heat the oven to Gas mark 2, 150C, 300F.

Mix the oats, nuts and seeds well with the oil, maple syrup and egg white in a large baking tray, making sure the mix is spread out well.  Put into the oven for about 20 minutes.  Remove and stir the mixture.  Put back in for another 20-25 minutes or until just beginning to brown.

Remove from the oven and add the fruit.  Stir it all up and when completely cool put in jar with a good seal.  Then eat it with plain yoghurt, by the handful, with milk or almond milk.  Feel better about the world.

signed, sealed, delivered

signed, sealed, delivered

Russell, that well known gourmand, loves it and becomes quite animated at the thought of breakfast even he has to eat it at 6.30am.

** debate among yourselves on the interest factor here.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. May 13, 2014 3:13 pm

    Love it! Thank you Lizzie! Xxx

  2. May 13, 2014 5:52 pm

    It is amazing. Even better than honey nut cheerios…ooops, just lost my organic cred!

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