Mmmmm, there is nothing like the smell throughout the house of baking granola (it comes a close 2nd to the smell of baking bread!!)
You may be used to the smell coming out of cafe’s if you go out for breakfast ….. of rolled oats, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, honey and vanilla, baking in the oven.
When I pulled out the trays of ‘honey baked granola’ from the oven to cool, the kids came up and took handfuls of this yummy breakfast food.
A friend gave me a huge bag of homemade muesli for my birthday, then a large jar of baked granola for Christmas the same year, and I (WE!!) LOVED it …. I love handmade/homemade gifts …. and I
asked her for her recipe. Ever since then, the kids and I make it during the school holidays as our special breakfast food (although my husband eats most of it!!!).
I have adapted her recipe so it now has no added sugar, and we add dried fruit and raw rolled oats to the mix to make it go further!!
Baked Granola originally consisted of baked rolled oats, and other ingredients like almonds, pepitas, hazelnuts, cashews, walnuts, maple syrup, butter and cinnamon.
When you make it at home, you just add whatever you have in your pantry that you think would taste nice.
Here’s the recipe:
Healthy Homemade Honey Baked Granola
(Note: I usually triple this recipe!)
1/2 cup honey
1Tbsp sunflower oil / coconut oil
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup almonds, chopped
and whatever quanities you like of – sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, chopped dates, cranberries, sultanas ….
Preheat oven to 120 degrees Celsius.
Mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl.
Bring the honey, oil, and vanilla to the boil in a saucepan.
Pour the hot honey mixture over the dry ingredients and stir well.
Spread evenly on a baking tray and bake for 40 minutes at 120 degrees Celsius or until golden brown.
See also pictures below for method ….
Extra information regarding ‘Granola’ …
Granola is a popular breakfast cereal in North America, and I think it sounds very American, but it is also trademarked to Sanitarium in Australia….
Here’s what I found on Granola in Australia – Article: “Granola off the menu for Aussie chefs” Source: NewsCore Date: May 28, 20129:58AM
“AUSTRALIAN chefs are being forced to change their breakfast menus after cereal giant Sanitarium threatened legal action against them for using the word “granola.”Mr Ingersoll said he had done some research into the product and found it had a long and checkered career, spanning back to the early 1800s, when it was developed as a health food featuring baked wholemeal flour. It was originally called “granula” but Sanitarium claimed the name “granola” after a legal dispute over the name with rival cereal giant Kellogg’s, in the US in 1876. Today, “granola” is trademarked to Sanitarium only in Australia. Hundreds of recipes exist for the cereal, which often feature hard-baked rolled oats, nuts and seeds. Mr Ingersoll’s recipe includes rolled oats, almonds, pepitas, hazelnuts, cashews, walnuts, maple syrup, butter and cinnamon. “We roast it up once a week and it’s such a good smell in the cafe,” he said. HOWEVER, AUSTRALIAN chefs are being forced to change their breakfast menus after cereal giant Sanitarium threatened legal action against them for using the word “granola.” The only official Granola in Australia since Sanitarium has copywrited the name. Source: The Sunday Telegraph
So, instead of granola, they now have to write something like this on their menu …..… he (the chef) changed his menu description from “granola” to “Cereal, Nuts, Poached Pear & Sheep Yoghurt.”
See full article here.
Anyway, I do hope that you try the recipe above,
and please let me know what you put in your baked granola to make it your own!!
- Honey Baked Granola
ADDIT – some photos from Hills Homestead –
- Off to milk the cow with Grandad