Monday, September 17, 2007

GOOD-FOR-YOU GRANOLA


Mostly for breakfast, I like to eat homemade muesli - I have a favourite recipe taken from Sainsbury's Magazine by Nigel Slater. The main reason I favour this is because it is unsweetened.
However, I decided to make granola for a change and this recipe is taken from the bbcgoodfood website. It both looks and tastes delicious. I found this granola quite sweet but it has a wonderful crunch. To counteract the sweetness a dollop of natural homemade yogurt goes with it perfectly.
Even though I found it a little sweet, it still beats anything you can buy off the supermarket shelf.
A few spoonfuls on vanilla ice cream would be good or a bowl filled with granola to snack on throughout the day would be perfect.

10 comments :

jane222 said...

That looks delicious! I don't suppose you'd consider sharing your muesli recipe as well? I'm always looking for a good one!

Lynn said...

God, that does look good!!!!! Kinda puts this mornings 'Cherios' to shame.

Margaret said...

Hi Jane - You can see a photo of this under Gadgets - the posting I did about the yogurt maker.

TWO-OAT MUESLI by Nigel Slater

110g porridge oats, 110g jumbo oats
40g pumpkin seeds, 125g whole blanched hazelnuts, 200g whole brazils(optional), 125g ready to eat dried apricots, pears or figs, sliced, small handful dried cranberries, dried cherries or raisins or a mixture.

Mix the porridge oats with the jumbo oats, then add the pumpkin seeds, hazelnuts and brazil nuts, if using, and spread it all out on a baking tray (you may need two trays).
Put the baking tray under a hot grill and toast until the oats are starting to colour. Watch carefully, or the oats and nuts will burn.
Move the mixture around the tray, then return to the grill.
Allow to cool thoroughly before mixing with the fruit and scooping into a Kilner jar.

This is my version - I use the above as a blueprint and make minor adjustments.

110g porridge oats, 110g jumbo oats, 40g pumpkin seeds, 125g hazelnuts, a handful of sliced coconut(mix together and toast as above), a handful of dried cranberries, dried blueberries and raisins, 50g organic wheat flakes.

Kelly-Jane said...

I like muesli and granola, it just depends on what mood I'm in! Looks lovely.

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

I'm not a big breakfast fan which is a big secret from the children as I do believe that it is the most important meal of the day. We buy lots of healthy cereal but I think you've just tempted me to make this for them. I know they'd love it!

Margaret said...

Thank you for dropping by and leaving your kind comments.

Nora B. said...

Hi Margaret, your muesli looks delicious. I'm always looking for food ideas for gifts and since this can be stored up to a month, it will be a good one for me to add to my repertoire. Thanks for the recipe & the review. 1/2 cup of maple syrup will be the only hard part for me. I use maple syrup sparingly because good quality syrup is expensive in Australia.

Margot at Coffee & Vanilla said...

It looks perfect. I like my Weetabix with almond flakes and coconut milk powder so I'm sure I would love your granola as well.

Margaret said...

Margot - Weetabix has recently been involved in trying to get us all to eat Weetabix with various toppings etc. Have you told them about your choices to go on your Weetabix?

vazahagasy said...

I make this all the time (am just about to make a lovely batch). It's great with fresh fruit and yoghurt.

Mmmmmmmm

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