Servings : Makes 6-7 cups
Granola is a filling and healthy breakfast food that can also double as a snack or a Suhoor option in the Holy month of Ramadhan. It can be eaten like cereal with milk or sprinkled over/layered with yoghurt. The recipe can be adapted to suit everyone’s preference and is incredibly easy to prepare.
- 4 cups old fashioned or rolled oats
- 1 cup lightly crushed or slivered nuts and seeds (I used almonds, sunflower and pumpkin seeds)
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 2 tsp cinnamon powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup melted butter or any neutral oil like coconut or olive oil
- 1/3 cup honey or agave or maple syrup
- 2 tsp vanilla essence
- 1/2 cup coconut flakes (optional)
- 1/2 cup dried fruits or dark chocolate chips (optional)
Put the oats, crushed nuts, sunflower/pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, cinnamon and salt into a large bowl. These will be your dry ingredients.
In a small bowl, mix the melted butter or fat of your choice with the vanilla essence and honey or sweetener. Whisk together to combine. Pour this liquid mixture over the dry ingredients and stir well.
Pour this out onto a lined baking sheet or tray. Bake at 180 C for about 20 minutes, giving everything an occasional stir every 10 minutes to ensure even baking all around. Then add the coconut shavings and put the tray back into the oven for an additional 5 minutes. This is to ensure the coconut does not burn.
Once done, allow the lot to cool down completely and then add in the dry fruits and/or chocolate chips. Mix together, breaking up any clumps as you stir and then store in an airtight container.
This granola will keep fresh for a month, longer if refrigerated.
Serve with milk or yoghurt or as is.