Sometimes you need to refuel the tank with the extra good stuff. And here it is. This granola really packs a punch. Good oils, vitamins, minerals, more vitamins, more minerals. Top it off with low-fat yoghurt, fresh fruit or milk and you’ve got a tasty breakfast or dessert. When I have friends coming for brunch I always make a big jar of this for the table.
My one disclaimer at this point is that it can be quite pricey to make- all those nuts and dried fruit. Remember you can adjust your fruit, nuts and seeds to the proportions that you want, as long as you keep the weight about the same, relative to the liquid you add. You can either buy mixed bags of nuts and fruit, or make your own combo. What do you add to your granola?
All-Things-Good-For-You Cinnamon Granola Crunch
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
125ml maple syrup
2 tablespoons honey
2 fresh vanilla pods (or 1 tsp vanilla essence)
300g rolled oats
75g mixed seeds
40g chopped almonds
100g dried berries (raisins, cranberries, sultanas, apricots, dates)
50g desiccated coconut
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 tsp salt
Heat the oven to 150 degrees C. Mix together all the wet ingredients in a large bowl. Add the seeds from the center of the vanilla pod.
Stir in the remaining ingredients, except the coconut and dried fruit.
Line 2 baking trays with parchment paper. Spread the mixture evenly over the trays and bake for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and stir through the coconut and dried fruit. Bake for another 10-15 minutes.
Leave to cool. Once cooled, put in an airtight container. Will keep very well- up to 3 months.