Friday, 27 July 2012

Making Granola

Yesterday saw us making some granola using the recipe courtesy of The Quince Tree:

Into a mixing bowl we added the jumbo oats, sunflower and pumpkin seeds.

Next came the desiccated coconut, chopped mixed nuts, salt and cinnamon. Next time around we will try desiccated sliced coconut as we felt the original requirement made the end result a little 'bitty'.

These ingredients were given a good mix together before adding the sunflower oil and soft brown sugar - you could have used melted butter/honey/maple syrup here!

Then they were mixed together again.

The mix was then divided between two baking sheets and baked in the oven for a total of 1 hour, stirred every 20 minutes. I forgot to set the timer for the last bit but did take note of when it should have finished.
So it may be slightly more brown than it should have been but tastes very good before trying it with milk.

I then decanted it onto trays to cool off. The final amount of dried fruit was added and mixed in well ( in our case dried cranberries and sultanas).

It was then put into an airtight container.

This is not a cheap option but we were getting rather fed up with the sawdust dry stuff that we were buying from a reputable company. I think it could have less fruit and nuts in it to reduce the cost if needed. Anyway, we only eat cereal on a Saturday morning so this should last a month for us two.


  1. I buy a fresh coconut and peel curls off it with a vegetable peeler - you can also buy bags of large coconut curls here (Bob s Red Mill) try amazon. Chopped dates are nice added afterwards.
    I like making my own as I can control the amount of fat and sugar and it is still a less expensive option than store bought.

    1. Thanks Lizzie. We did have some dates so will try those tow things next time around.

  2. What a great idea. It looks delicious, a lot of goodies in there.
    I will try this :)

    1. Very easy to make. We will be having it for breakfast tomorrow. Will post what it tastes like. I also think it would be nice sprinkled onto some home made yoghurt and fresh fruit.

  3. Looks really tasty.I am going to have to start being a bit more creative in the kitchen!

  4. I love making granola, except I tend to eat it straight from the oven by the spoonful! Aldi sell bags of mixed fruit and nuts that have coconut and seeds in as well that are great for granola and keeps the cost down xxx

  5. Thanks both of you and thanks also Fran for the tip about Aldi - must try that!

  6. What a great blog. I am your newest follower. Connie :)


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