I never thought I’d be the type of person to make my own cereal.
As someone who is always busy (what working parent is not?) making my own cereal seems counter-productive, requiring more effort and time than simply picking up a packet of cereal from the supermarket.
However, I made this recently and I’m completely won over. Not only can I adjust the ingredients to suit my tastebuds, I know exactly what’s in it. No numbers, no additives – just plain, good old fashioned food.
What’s more, this granola tastes so good you can snack on it all day. I’ve had it for breakfast with cold milk, with a piece of fruit in between meetings and sprinkled over yoghurt for a healthy dessert.
Come to think of it, as it’s such a clever little multi-tasker this granola is actually saving me both time and money.
Why not give it a whirl?
- 380 grams rolled oats
- 250 grams almonds
- 100mls rice malt syrup (or golden syrup)
- 180 grams apple puree (or apple sauce or apple compote)
- 100 grams white sesame seeds
- 120 grams pepitas (sunflower seeds)
- 2 tablespoons neutral cooking oil (e.g. sunflower oil)
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 100 grams shredded coconut
- 200 grams apricots
- Preheat oven to 170 degrees Celsius
- Line two baking trays with baking
- Mix all ingredients except coconut and apricots in a large mixing bowl until well combined.
- Spread mixture out onto two baking trays.
- Bake in oven for twenty minutes, then remove, mix granola around and then return trays to oven, swapping positions.
- Bake for another twenty minutes or until granola is browning nicely.
- Remove from oven and leave to cool.
- Meanwhile, toast shredded coconut. Simply heat up a large, non-stick fry pan and then tip coconut in.
- Over a medium heat, cook the coconut for a 3-4 minutes, stirring constantly.
- The coconut will start to brown, and when it is almost done, turn the heat off as it will continue cooking in the warm pan.
- Dice the apricots.
- Once the granola is cooled, mix with toasted coconut and apricots.
- Store in an air-tight container.