Cinnamon Granola Recipe

It is great as a snack or for breakfast. Granola is wonderfully filling and delicious – especially when you make your own. Try this with some sliced apple and mixed berries for a wintry flavour. You could also serve it warm, with some brown sugar, for a crumble type effect. The cinnamon and nutmeg in this dish are really warming and perfect for those cold evenings in – serve with milk, or yoghurt, or as a tasty snack on its own to keep you going!

Ingredients

  • 1kg of rolled oats
  • 150g sliced almonds
  • 150g oat bran
  • 150g sunflower seeds
  • 150g hazelnuts
  • 3 tablespoons flax seed
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons nutmeg
  • Fresh vanilla
  • Squeeze of honey
  • Vegetable oil

Method of preparation

  • Take the hazelnuts and almonds, and in a little butter, toast them in a saucepan.
  • Mix the rolled oats, oat bran, sunflower seeds, and flax seed altogether with your hands.
  • Once the nuts are lightly brown, add them to the mixture.
  • Add the cinnamon and nutmeg, and mix together.
  • If using fresh vanilla – using a sharp knife cut the pod down the middle. Using the flat, back of the knife, run this down the inside of the pod to get all or as many as possible, seeds out. Add this and mix together.
  • Spread them out evenly on a baking tray.
  • Drizzle with honey –LIBERALLY!
  • Drizzle with the vegetable oil. You should be able to see that everything is coated.
  • Put them in the oven for forty minutes at 180C. Coat the baking tray with oil too, else the granola will stick and burn.
  • Half way through cooking, take the granola out and mix in from the edges –the outsides cook first, so this will prevent them getting burnt.
  • Once cooked, set to cool down.

Variants

  • You can cook these with golden syrup, if you prefer a sweeter flavour and to use this for desserts as opposed to breakfasts.
  • Try adding a bit of grated chocolate to the cooled mixture. This makes it lovely and decadent, to cheer you up in the mornings!
  • This granola is delicious with Greek yoghurt. Try not to add too much more honey after it’s been cooked – unless you love it sweet, because it is already very sweet.
  • If you are allergic to nuts, feel free to substitute them for dried fruit – apple, cherry, oranges. Try to choose something different to raisins or sultanas, as these are found commonly in all breakfast cereals. Choose what you like, not what you consider to be healthy!
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