I know someone who avoids muesli and granola because she thinks it tastes like horse feed. I suspect that’s got a lot to do with all those oats. At the other end of the spectrum, I know folks like me who enjoy the toasted and crunchy variety of ‘horse feed’ by the spoonful, right from the chaff bag, as a cheeky snack. There are a few excellent varieties on the store shelves but recently I tried making my own. I made some proper flops – sickly sweet and sticky ones and more than golden overbaked ones – but I really think my latest Make Your Own Granola Recipe is a game changer.
The basis for my Make Your Own Granola recipe is borrowed from epicurious. They suggest that there is a simple formula to make your own granola at home. The formula is six parts dry ingredients to one part wet ingredients. It’s that simple.
The dry ingredients can be in any balance or combination you like but you must include rolled oats as the main ingredient. Not the instant variety of oats, but the old-fashioned stir on the stove variety. To the rolled oats you can add any variety of your favourite seeds and nuts like pepitas, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, linseed, almonds, hazelnuts, macadamias and so on.
The wet ingredients need to be made up of half sweetener and half oil. For the sweetener, use your favourite honey, maple syrup or agave syrup or something similar and for the oil try extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil or grapeseed oil.
Then, the secret trick is to add a beaten egg white to the to the mix to give the granola extra crunch and a nice gloss.
You also need to add some warm spices for seasoning such as cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom and ginger or even cacao before baking to a golden crunch. I like to stir the granola around a few times during baking to ensure it is evenly cooked with no burnt edges.
If you want to add dried fruit to your make your own granola, stir in your favourite selection while the granola is still warm from the oven. Be as experimental as you like with your combinations – think dried apricots, apples, cranberries, raisins, peaches, pineapple pieces goji berries and figs. That’s it!
Mine is a good basic Make Your Own Granola Recipe where I have used ingredients on hand in the pantry: pepitas, sunflower seeds, hazelnuts (skinned), almonds and cranberries.
Here are some other good Make Your Own Granola Recipe ideas to try:
Top of the Tropical Morning – try sunflower seeds, coconut shavings, macadamias, almonds, dried pineapple and dried mango
Coco Crackle & Crunch – try pepitas, cacao, coconut shavings, hazelnuts and unsweetened banana chips.
Gourmet Granola – try linseed, hazelnuts, almonds, dried figs and dried blueberries.