When I made my resolutions at the beginning of the month, eating a healthy breakfast was high on my list. My dear friend Stephanie read my post, and then sent me this recipe from the Leon restaurants in the UK. I had never made homemade granola before, but I never knew it was this easy. It is delicious on its own, but I also love to add it to Greek yogurt with some berries. Just a little is very filling. The best thing is you can change up some of the ingredients to suit whatever you have on hand.
(note: the recipe I was given was all in the metric system, and these are my conversions)
1/4 c sunflower or groundnut oil (I use canola)
1 3/4 c rolled oats
2/3 c bran
1c sunflower seeds
2/3 c hazelnuts (I have also used walnuts and almonds)
2/3 c dried apricots (I have also thrown in dried mango)
2/3 c sultanas (these are golden raisins)
2/3 c wheatgerm
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Pour the honey and oil into a pan and heat gently until the honey has melted.
In a bowl mix the oats, bran, and sunflower seeds, then pour the liquid honey mixture on top and mix well.
Spread out on a large baking tray. Roast for 20-25 minutes, turning everything 3 or 4 times, then leave to cool. Note: Do not bake this on wax paper. I did the first time, and it all sticks together. No bueno.
Meanwhile, roast the hazelnuts until golden brown, then roughly chop along with the dates and apricots.
Note 1: If you need directions for roasting nuts, this is very helpful
Note 2: You can really use any kind of nuts and dried fruit
Note 3: You can buy nuts pre-chopped in the baking aisle, and dates pre-chopped in the dried fruit aisle
When cool, mix everything together with the wheatgerm and store in an air-tight container; lasts for about a month.
Eat alone, or with berries and yogurt. I promise, you will not want to go back to the store-bought variety.
As always, I would love to hear from you if you make this recipe. Enjoy!