Basic (but very good) granola requires just a handful of ingredients: oats, a sweetener, some oil, and maybe nuts or dried fruit. Once you master that basic formula, it’s even easier to mix up a granola made just the way you like it.
Everyone knows that a good breakfast is the best way to start your morning and set you up for the day. You deserve more than a measly breakfast bar eaten at the bus stop - and you know it. While in an ideal world, you'd have enough time, patience and effort to rustle together blueberry pancakes every morning - it's not always the most viable option, now is it?
That said, it doesn't mean you should give up on breakfast altogether. Cue Granola. Perfect for breakfast, as a breakfast topper or even as a dessert, granola is truly one of the world's most perfect snacks. Crunchy, chewy, and salty-sweet - really, what isn't there to love? Sure, you could go and buy a box of granola at the supermarket but we both know that box will remain unopened at the bottom of your cupboard. Not only does homemade granola taste about a thousand times better, but it also makes your kitchen (and home) smell amazing.
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It sounds complicated, but it isn't. All you need is 9 ingredients (most of which you'll find in your cupboard), an oven and 20 minutes - that's how simple it is. What's more, if you make your own, you can leave out all those horrible banana chips or dried pineapple chunks in favour of something you'll actually be pleased to spot on the spoon. In the case of this recipe, once you've got the base, the other elements are largely a matter of personal preference, so feel free to play around with it. Breakfast is too serious a matter to settle for second best.
The below recipe comes courtesy of Glenilen. Eat with milk, over yoghurt in a parfait, or plain by the handful.
easy homemade granola
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 125ml maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 300g rolled oats
- Two large handfuls of oats
- 50g sunflower seed
- 4 tablespoons sesame seeds
- 50g pumpkin seeds
- 100g flaked almond
- 100g dried berries
- 50g coconut
- Berries or berry compote
- Heat an oven to 150ºC/fan 130ºC.
- Combine the wet ingredients with the oats, seeds and nuts and spread evenly across two baking sheets.
- Bake for 15 mins.
- Remove from the oven, and mix in the coconut and dried fruit
- Bake for another 10-15 mins.
- Remove and scrape onto a flat tray to cool.
- To serve, add some yoghurt to a bowl, top with berries and granola. Serve.
Main image by Julia Androshchuk
This article was originally published on our sister site FOOD & WINE.