Sunshine Granola

Sunshine Granola

PREAMBLE

Breakfast nom noms… Every time I set about making granola it comes out differently. It’s part of the joy of the ‘wang it in’ method. It is always tasty but now and then a batch lights up all your little tastebuds for a morning calypso!

This recipe is one that I used at a yoga retreat in Ibiza where I nourished the tummies of hungry yogis morning, noon and night. It’s glorious when you stumble upon something that makes people so darn happy but that is simple and takes no time.

This will create about 15 servings, depending on the size of the mouths you are feeding. If it isn’t something you eat regularly then half the recipe so you retain freshness. There’s nothing worse than an off-colour oat…

INGREDIENTS

500g oats (I used organic jumbo oats)

light olive oil

a smidgen/tbsp of something sweet (maple syrup, agave or whatnot)

100g hazelnuts, roughly chopped

100g almonds, roughly chopped

100g desiccated coconut

250g dried papaya

100g goji berries

100g pumpkin seeds

WHAT TO DO

  1. Warm the oven up to GM3/325’F/170’C. I usually give the oven 10 minutes to get up to temp. Pop the oats, oil, sugar, seeds and all nuts in to a baking tin that allows the ingredients to all have enough room to toast easily. Make sure the oats are nicely covered with the oil and sugar and put on the top shelf of the oven.
  2. The oats will need to be shuffled about after 10 minutes when you can gauge how much longer they will take. It can vary depending on your oven and the material of the baking tin. Give it a mix and pop back in for another 10 minutes.
  3. You know the mix is done when the nuts start to brown and the oats feel a little crisp when you poke them. At this point I tip in the dried fruit, mix around, pop in the oven and turn the heat off. It’s nice to heat all the ingredients at the end to bring them together but whatever you do, don’t pop dried fruit in for the whole cooking time. They bloat out and go bitter which no one wants.
  4. Turn out to cool. Pop it in a pot next to your cooker to remind you to eat regularly. You can put in little bags with pretty ribbon as a gift for foody friends. You can sprinkle on yoghurt and fruit or simply drench in milk and eat it all up with a spoon…