Imoteda’s Homade Granola.

 

No that’s not a typo, that’s how I really thought homemade was spelt for the longest time. Please leave me alone. I’m yoruba. I’m not required to know english, okay?

Now on to the point of today. I love granola! I really do. It’s amazing. It’s crunchy, it’s fruity and nutty and it can be ridiculously filling because oatmeal is filling. And that’s pretty much all granola is; oatmeal, honey and whatever combination of nuts and dried fruits you want to put in there.

Today’s recipe is pretty basic and because the phone was right beside me the entire time, I took pictures of every singe stage. I know, I didn’t snap the oxtail stage by stage but it’s the granola that I snapped.

Just be thankful okay? So get ready for deliciousness. Made a batch this morning and it’s more than half gone. What have I told you about judging me? Stop it my friend!

INGREDIENTS

2 cups Old fashion oats (I’ve used instant oats and it’s acceptable too)

1/2 cup honey

1/2 cup oil ( I used argan oil today. AMAZING! Normally use coconut oil)

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This is a mix of dried apricots and raisins.

1/3 cup chopped dried fruit

chopped almonds

chopped almonds

1/2 cup chopped nuts

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp nutmeg ( I just love nutmeg. You can skip this)

Pinch coarse sea/kosher salt.

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 180c. Line baking tray with baking paper or non stick foil

Throw all your ingredients into a bowl. Mix it up thoroughly.

Spread evenly on your baking tray

Toast in oven for ten minutes

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See how some bits are browner than others. This is why you mix

Mix it up (so that the “under” gets a chance to toast too)

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You want a nice even brown color all through

Put it back in the oven for another ten minutes

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It’ll be a little soft while hot, don’t worry. Once it cools completely it’s nice and crunchy

Transfer to a dry plate to cool

IMG-20150421-WA0007Store in an airtight container for up to a week. Or maybe longer, I don’t know cause it doesn’t last more than a few days in my house. Sigh

You can make this with any variation of fruits and nuts. I love doing it with pistachios and dried cranberries. Dates are also great because if you use enoughyou get a nice sticky effect which is awesome.

You can use the granola in parfaits, as cereal, top your desserts with it, add some crunch to your salads, just add it to plain yogurt to spice it up. Go crazy with it.

If you try this out, take a picture and tag me on instagram @heelsinthekitchenng!

bye lovemuffins!

xoxo

Imoteda

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