Have you tried my granola?
This week I wanted to share with you my granola recipe. I get asked for this recipe a lot because I love to make it as a gift and give it to friends and family. I try to base the combinations on the time of year so that not only is it nutritious but also something I may be craving at the time or simply has a festive feel. At Christmas for example I usually do a Christmas granola infused with dried oranges, ginger and cloves, walnuts perhaps and anything that feels like the season.
Another favourite is a Black Forest granola made with agave syrup, hazelnuts, dried cherries and mini chocolate chips. Sometimes I make it with butter, brown sugar, a little vanilla and a large combination of nuts and seeds it's sweet taste really works with the toasted nuts. I find it really easy and a great way to use up all the little baggies of nuts or seeds that are hanging around the cupboards.
Today I decided to make an Easter granola inspired by spring and the maple syrup harvest. I started by what I have been wanting to eat and what I thought would go well together. Sometime I put in a lot of different spices and it can be really delicious but today I kept it simple so the maple syrup could really shine. If you are someone who doesn't want a very sweet granola then you could add less maple syrup and maybe a few more dried fruit.
In order to change it up every time I make it I use a simple basic formula. Once you master it you can make up any combination you'd like. It's a combination of dry ingredients, wet ingredients and raw ingredients you put at the very end.
900 grams rolled oats
3/4 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
3/4 cup maple syrup
1 cup oil
1/2 cup water
Few grinding of Nutmeg
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1 cup dried organic apricots
Heat the oven to 300 degrees F.
On the stove mix wet ingredients until warm
If you are using butter until it's melted
Pour over dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix.
Spread onto two baking sheets and cook at 300 degrees F for 45 mins to 1 hour.