Make Your Own Homemade Honey Roasted Granola.
Every time I walked past the breakfast cereal aisle in the supermarket over the past few weeks, I find myself getting drawn to oat clusters, honey roasted granola and the different varieties of toasted and honey roasted crunchy breakfast grains. It must be time for some delicious granola!
As I enjoy being able to experiment and play with my own flavours (not to mention having the ingredients already in my pantry), I got quite a bit too excited when thinking about roasting my own granola.
It may take a while to get the granola toasty and crisp, so I tend to roast the oats and grains for the first thirty minutes to give them a head start in becoming crunchy before adding the honey. If you add the honey earlier, you find that the colour changes and becomes quite dark before the oats are crisp. I like to set the oven at a low temperature to get a colour that’s a nice touch of bronze.
- 500g rolled oats
- 100g quinoa
- 250g honey
- 10g vanilla paste
- 120g almond (raw)
- 100g dried fruit (cranberries/pears/dried blueberries)
- Preheat the oven to 150°C, and toss the rolled oats and quinoa together in a roasting dish. Toast in the oven for 30 minutes.
- Add the almonds, honey and vanilla paste, and toast it for approximately one hour to one and a half hours, stirring the ingredients once in a while to even out browning.
- Toss the chopped dried fruits into the granola mixture.
- Cool on a tray.
This is simply a base recipe and the level of sweetness is just right for me, however your palate may be different. The last time I made granola, I even divided the mixture into two and made vanilla-pear for half of the granola and vanilla-cranberry for the other half. There are lots of ways to play with this to make the flavours more complex, including making maple roasted granola or even golden syrup and candied ginger (think gingered Anzac biscuits)!
Get creative, try it out and you’ll see that homemade tastes simply beautiful!
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