Best Ever Homemade Granola

15Mar08

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I have a little confession to make. We’ve all been told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, yet I hardly ever eat a proper morning meal. And when I mean hardly, it’s probably once a week!

It’s been drilled in my head for years at university throughout my nutrition classes that it’s crucial as it re-fuels the body after rest and it “switches on” the metabolism to help burn kilojoules, yet I still can’t wake up, sit down and eat something simple as toast or yoghurt everyday. Don’t get me wrong, I do eat “breakfast” occasionally, but it’s usually at 9am and isn’t enough food to sustain me through until lunch. Some days I will eat breakfast, but only when I have had a really really early dinner the previous night and I am totally famished at 6am the next day. I don’t know if it’s the laziness factor or if it’s because my stomach can’t tolerate large amounts of food in the early hours of the morning.

It’s funny, although I studied nutrition, I have no real intentions of following a career as a nutritionist, but if I did, I’d be a huge hypocrite as I cannot even follow my own dietary advice! So, as of yesterday, I have decided to change my ways and force myself to eat a healthy breakfast every morning. I’ll start small and build my way up. I had two crumpets, a banana and a glass of orange juice yesterday at 6.30am and I know it doesn’t sound like much, but for my little morning stomach, it was a feast!

Today’s breakfast was a tub of mango yoghurt and a small bowl of granola with soy milk. It was wonderfully nutty with a mixture of raw nuts and seeds, with a subtle sweet hit from a sticky blend of brown sugar, pureed apples and liquid sweeteners . A few teaspoons of cinnamon and ginger provided a hint of spice and the texture of the raisins juxtaposed well with the crunchiness of everything else. In summary, it was awesome!!

A small bowl of this granola a few times a week in the morning will definitely help me adapt to eating breakfast everyday!

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Best Ever Homemade Granola

Adapted from a recipe by Nigella Lawson in ‘Feast’.

I couldn’t find a small jar of applesauce in my local supermarket, so I substituted it with pureed apples found in the baby food aisle. Also, Nigella’s original recipe uses brown rice syrup, but I used maple syrup instead.

I like mine with soy milk instead of cow’s milk. The nuttiness in the soy complements the granola well.

Dry

5 cups rolled oats

2 cups raw almonds

1 cup raw sunflower seeds

¾ cup sesame seeds

¾ cup light brown sugar

3 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1 cup raisins

Wet

¾ cup pureed apples

¼ cup maple syrup

¼ cup golden syrup

¼ cup honey

  1. Preheat oven to 140°C.
  2. In a large bowl, combine all of dry ingredients except the raisins. In a small bowl, combine the wet ingredients. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and mix well.
  3. Spread the mixture over two baking trays and bake for 45 minutes until golden brown. During baking time, stir the granola every 10 or 15 minutes and rotate the pans.
  4. Once ready, remove from the oven and continue to stir well. If you don’t, it will set into a huge slab!
  5. Add the raisins and stir well.

Makes 10 cups. Store the granola in an airtight container. Pop it in the fridge as the nuts can go rancid quickly.

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14 Responses to “Best Ever Homemade Granola”

  1. 1 Lisa

    I was going to make a granola this weekend too. I thought I’d even picked a recipe to try but now I’m not so sure :) Looks great!

  2. I am totally the opposite! Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day :) I wake up and I can’t wait to eat my oatmeal with cinnamon and banana or peanut butter toast. Somedays, I get lucky with a homemade scone, if I am feeling ambitious. I am a fan of fruit and yogurt w/ granola too. Homemade granola is ten times better than storebought too. Less fat, less sugar, and less artificial sweeteners. And you definitely have more control over what you like and dislike.

  3. Granola is so satisfying! I’m a total breakfast person. Not only do I eat breakfast in the morning, but I usually eat if for lunch and dinner too. It’s my favorite. Your granola looks dreamy! So hearty and such a great breakfast!

  4. I have to say, I have had to work on eating breakfast as i am the same…I just don’t love waking up and eating. Granola is one of those go to things for me when i don’t have time to do something more. I can always grab a bowl and combine granola with yogurt for a perfect breakfast treat. This looks delicious!

  5. Granola is the same thing as toasted muesli, right? I mix up my own raw muesli mix, but have wanted to give a toasted version a try!

  6. Lisa – don’t you hate when that happens? :)

    Amanda – hopefully breakfast will be my favourite meal of the day too. Getting used to it slowly… Granola and yoghurt rocks!

    Gretchen – A fellow non-brekky eater! :) It’s hard getting used to eating it, I must say.

    Ellie – Sure is! :)

  7. I always skip my breakfast as well. It used to be because I’d only wake up in time for brunch, but now that I’m working, I just find it a hassle to sit down and have a proper one! I’m gonna try this out; it looks really easy yet absolutely delish!

  8. This is the way to get yourself acclimated to eating breakfast. I wasn’t much of a breakfast person growing up, but now I love it. I’m a big oatmeal gal most mornings, but this granola would be a real treat!

  9. Ovenhaven and Susan – try it, it’s sooooooo good :)

  10. 10 el

    Well done Linda! Am glad you’ve decided to follow through with the most important meal of the day, the granola looks great i might try it out myself with fresh almonds from the garden ;)

  11. My husband would swoon.

  12. Your pictures are really something. They are very clean, white and beautiful. Very nice :)

  13. I ‘Googled’ “how to make granola” this morning, and discovered your delightful blog! Can’t wait to try some of your recipes!

  14. 14 Darcy

    Just found your blog at beyond snapshots. So excited (and intensely jealous) for/of you! What a great job. And I love your blog btw. I am eager to get baking now. The granola looks super yummy and perhaps I will start off by making this first. I think I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve MISSED breakfast in the last ten years LOL! My favorite meal of the day for sure. Love your photography too. Good luck with all your endeavors in 2010!


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