Thursday, April 5, 2012

Cinnamon and Berry Granola












I love nothing better than muesli as a snack. 

I have it mostly in the afternoon, when the little one goes down for a nap, I go make a cup of tea, grab a small bowl, spoon in some Greek yoghurt, then a few spoonfuls of muesli. Its my time to sit and read blogs, or watch trashy TV, always addicted to Gossip Girl but recently Revenge. Anyway I find myself craving this snack on most days. 

I have not ever really liked any store bought ones as I find them super sweet, or lacking in ingredients, not enough nuts or fruit, or FLAVOUR for that matter! So one afternoon, I decided to make my own, thinking it would be ridiculously time consuming, and I would never want to do this again. How wrong I was. It is super easy. It is a matter of being organised, which I find I am pretty good at, since the little one came along. For me this granola is all about the clumps of nuts, cinnamon and coconut.

Makes a 1.75 litre container

2 ½ cup whole oats
150 grams dried berry mix
1/3 cup coconut flakes
½ cup slivered almonds
¼ cup whole almonds
½ cup whole cashews
¼- ½ cup pecans roughly chopped
1/3 cup whole pistachios
¼ cup pumpkin seeds
¼ cup black sesame seeds
cinnamon to taste
1-2 tablespoons honey

I start with roasting all the nuts and theseeds, all except the sesame. Once they are roasted place in a large bowl, withthe sesame.

Set aside a small amount of each nut andseed, to make 1- 1 ½ cups in a small bowl. Add the coconut also to this bowl.Then sprinkle with cinnamon, I use at least 3 to four teaspoons, (its a lot butI like the cinnamon flavour to go through the muesli afterwards,) then spoonover as much honey as you like, I only used 1 tablespoon, I don’t like it toosweet. Mix well.
Then spread this mixture on a baking tray.Toast this for about 10 minutes on 180C, just to help the honey to caramelise.Set aside to cool slightly. Toss it around with a spoon, it’ll naturally sticktogether and form clumps, set this aside to cool completely.

While the oven is still on, I roast theoats. I like to keep 1 cup aside un-roasted, toss them through the largebowl. Roast the oats until they are slightly coloured, takes about 10 minutes,making sure to give it a toss every few minutes, so it doesn’t burn. Then throwthat into the large bowl also. Once this mixture has all cooled, add theberries, and the nutty clumps, toss really well. Store in an large glass jar,or container.

I love this as a snack with yogurt or inthe morning for breakfast with fresh berries, banana and milk. Its even delicious thrown into a banana bread mix! Most likely why we have none left...



I forgot to take a pic of the finished product, and we have since eaten the whole thing, so I will have to make more and add an updated pic!

11 comments:

  1. Granola twinsies! :D I am so in love with your idea of berries and black sesame seeds and pistachios. I adore all of those things. And lookee the burnished threads of coconut! So pretty :)

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    1. the black sesame is what makes it taste so good hannah!

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  2. clumps!!! I love clumps in my granola :) Beautiful recipe. I've so been into Revenge these days too. Oh I missed the last episode - just realised! Might try to watch it online in bed tonight. Guilty pleasure :)
    Heidi xo

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    1. The clumps give it that extra crunch and sweetness without over kill

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  3. I'm with you on store bought granola, there's just not enough bits in it for me too. I love the crunch from granola, for me it's late night food :D

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    1. oohhh late night granola is good too. Wil have to add dark choc to the mix for that ;)

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  4. This looks delicious! I love granola, so good!

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  5. Yum! A quick and easy snack that is super delicious, love it!

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  6. that looks good - i am always tempted to make my own granola but like you say think it would be too time consuming - i will def be trying this soon x

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