This was meant to be an inspiring, encouraging, bake along with me kinda post. Ah no such luck. I have favorite granola, it’s from Kelkin, it’s nut free which is major for me. I’m not allergic but just not a fan. Unfortunately this isn’t the easiest granola to find. I’ve look at other options but almost all contain nuts. Kellogg’s have a granola without nuta but I was shocked when I brought it home and discovered I’d be better off eating the honey hoops as they have less sugar than the granola !!!
So it was time to try and make my own. First thing I’d recommend doing is to check the date on your oats to make sure they’re not out of date. Yep, walked to the shop and back and then made the discovery. Also check if you have any of the ingredients already. This time I bought brown sugar with two bags of it at home already. You only need a small amount but I now have enough for about a year.
Couple of other things of note, rtfm (Read The F’in Manual) or in this case the recipe. Add in the dried fruits after baking not before. When a recipe says stir every five minutes, stir every five mins and not 6 mins. Thanks to me adding in the fruit before baking I now am comforted by the fact that our smoke alarm works..ekkk.
If like me you have a baby that would rather be fed than let you bake granola, then wait until you have 30mins to stay in the kitchen to continuously stir and avoid testing your smoke alarm.
Ingredients I used
- 6 cups of rolled Oats. Not the quick cooking ones, just good old oats.
- 1/2 cup of mixed seeds
- 1/4 cup of brown sugar
- 1/2 cup of oil
- 1/3 cup of honey
- 2 tsp of vanilla
- Dried fruits like Mango (just remember to add them AFTER baking 😉 )
Here’s what I should have done
- Pre heat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Mix the oats and brown sugar together.
- Mix the oil, honey and vanilla in a separate bowl. A tip use the same measure for the oil and honey. Measuring the oil first means the honey will slip right off and you wont be scraping it (or licking it!).
- Pour over the mixture. Add in any nuts or seeds. Just NOT the dried fruit :-).
- Spread on a sprayed surface or baking sheet.
- Place in the oven for 30mins. Stirring every 5 mins. It will be golden brown when done.
- Add any dried fruit you would like.
- Let it cool and then store in an air tight container. Should be good for 3 weeks
- Taste before bragging about it!!!!
Burnt Cardboard. That’s the first thing that came to mind when I tried it. I know that the fruit burning really didn’t help. Even taking out the burnt pieces still left a burnt taste to the rest of it. But the cardboard taste I wasn’t expecting. With the honey, brown sugar and vanilla essence I was hoping for something with a little taste.
So anyone have any suggestions for me? Pretty Please?