Alternative title: I fear I now have an addiction to Granola…
During our stay in Ålesund I probably consumed my body weight in nut-free Granola and complimentary waffles, I nearly cried over the cereal section on our last breakfast there…I know, odd reaction really, but in my hometown I can’t find nut-free Granola for love nor money and I am one of the poor unfortunate souls who end up screaming “I don’t want nuts!” in the aisle of the local supermarket.
It’s not that I oppose nutty cereals or anything (you’re already aware of my love of Almonds…Especially in butter form) but I find some of them to be quite overpowering. I actually want to taste the oats, otherwise I’d just buy a bag of hazelnuts or cashews and add milk to that.
Actually I probably wouldn’t as I’m still adapting to my new found affection for almonds and this change in taste doesn’t seem to have extended to other nuts yet…(Ok folks, admit it, how many of you giggled at that statement?).
Anyway, I figured I should attempt to make my own Granola and make my own Granola I did.
Makes some pretty scrummy (oh yes, I used the word scrummy!) Granola:
350g Gluten-Free Oats
¼ cup Olive-oil
½ cup Agave Nectar (or honey).
Plus a combination of nuts, seeds or dried fruits. I picked:
1 cup Pumpkin seeds (I’ll talk about these later)
Pre-heat oven to 150C
Prep 2 baking trays (just throw on some sheets of baking/parchment paper)
In a large bowl combine the oats, Agave nectar, olive oil and pumpkin seeds* and thoroughly combine.
Place on baking trays…
And into the oven for approximately 30 minutes (basically until it’s a light golden colour)…Stir frequently so as not to burn seeds, nuts or oats.
Once cooked allow it cool (the Granola should crisp up during the cooling down process) and then add the dried fruit…
Ta-da! Homemade Granola! Easy huh?
Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry spot…Should be ok for a couple of weeks.
Enjoy with milk or yogurt! Oh man, this is so good with yogurt…
*If nuts and/or seeds have already been toasted then add them at the same time as the berries!
Right, why Pumpkin seeds? Well, they give a slightly nutty flavour to the Granola (without being overpowering, yay!) and a lovely additional bit of crunch, plus they are a great source of protein, Iron, Vitamin E, the B Vitamins (Niacin, Folate, Riboflavin), Zinc, Manganese, Magnesium and Phosphorus. Impressive right?