I have been making granola on and off for years. It’s one of those things that you think is going to be a complete pain to make but in actual fact, it’s incredibly easy. You can use pretty much whatever combinations of fruit and bits you have to hand which is great as we are right in the middle of a national lockdown and getting to the supermarket for specific ingredients is by no means easy.
I got back into making it again recently for two reasons. The first being I had more time on my hands and the second reason being ingredients. Have you ever read what goes into shop-bought cereals? It’s mind-boggling. There is so much unnecessarily added sugar that I wanted to take back a little control. This Honey, Fruit & Nut Granola, funnily enough, has honey as it’s sweetener and I have found that if you don’t want to use quite as much as I have stated in the recipe you can. It’s just less sweet.
This granola recipe is more than just a breakfast cereal. Try topping your ice cream or yoghurt with it for a bit of crunch or mixing into your crumble topping for texture. I love it made into a breakfast sundae. Layer your Honey, Fruit & Nut Granola with berries, bananas, Greek yoghurt and fruit coulis or compote for a retro Knickerbockerglory type breakfast sundae. It’s spectacular to look at and pretty darn delicious too. A great idea for a family brunch. Why not build your own? Lay bowls of ingredients in the centre of the table and let everybody create their ultimate breakfast sundae. Perfect when you have people over or if the kids are driving you mad during lockdown!
Honey, Fruit & Nut Granola
- Baking tray
- Airtight jar
- 400 g of rolled or jumbo oats
- 200 g mixed nuts roughly chopped
- 75 g dried fruit. I used sultanas and banana chips
- 120 g local honey
- 8 tbsp rapeseed or other vegetable oil
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- Pinch of salt
- Preheat oven to gas 4/180C. Mix the honey, rapeseed oil and spices together in a large bowl. If your honey is set then do this in a saucepan over a low heat until the honey has melted.
- Add the oats and chopped nuts and mix well until everything is coated in the spiced honey mixture.
- Transfer to a lined tray and spread out evenly. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and stir well. Bake for a further 10 minutes. Stir again and bake for 5 more minutes. Let the granola cool and stir in the dried fruit. Transfer to an air-tight jar.