I believe weekends should always be spent baking and making treats. Plodding around in the kitchen listening to music, covered in whatever you are concocting... The smell of cooking throughout the house whilst everyone relaxes watching movies or reading, you know what I mean don't you? It's one of life's greatest joys!
Well this is a great recipe to make as it can be enjoyed by all, everyday and for a while too.
Plus it is quite healthy (ish) for a granola and more importantly is absolutely delicious.
Ingredients to make a large kilner jar:
500g of organic oats
200g of nuts and seeds (your preference but we went for hazelnuts, almonds, pecans, chai seeds and linseed)
100g of dried fruit (we went for apricots)
150ml of melted coconut oil
120ml of maple syrup
1tsp of vanilla essence
1tsp of salt
1tsp of cinnamon
First things first, preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Grab your nuts (oo-er) and crush them up by either wizzing them slightly in a blender or using a mortar and pestle.
Once they are in respectable sized chunks add them to your oats in a large bowl.
Add everything else EXCEPT the dried fruit to your bowl too. Mix together making sure everything is covered and then spread it out evenly on a baking tray.
Pat everything down with a spatula so everything is flattened and stuck together. It will melt together during cooking and create nice chunks of granola when it is broken up.
Cook for approximately 45-60 minutes, keeping an eye on the colour and making sure it doesn't burn.
Once done, it should be nice a crunchy, not soggy. If it's still a bit wet just leave it to cook a bit longer. It will also harden up more once cooled too.
Once it is cooled down, carefully break it off the baking try a bit a time and add to a bowl. Cut up your dried fruit into nice chunks and add to the mixture. You could also add some coconut flakes at this point too if you are feeling fancy.
Store in a sealed jar and eat within a 5-7 days. If it lasts that long!