Preparation Time: 30 Minutes
Submitted by: Jane Lyons
With its crunchy mix of toasted oats, nuts and fruits, granola can be a wonderfully satisfying and healthy breakfast option. But despite its healthy reputation, some store bought granolas can actually be very high in sugars and undesirable fats. Making your own at home is not only incredibly easy and economical, it also allows you to control the amounts and types of sugars and fats.
For this recipe, the basic base is oats, olive oil and honey. The tangy, distinctive flavor of olive oil stands up to the intense sweetness of the honey giving it a perfect balance. The fruits and nuts I’ve chosen are figs, coconut and cashews – I find them to be a good mix of sweet and savory, but the options are endless. Feel free to try switching them up for your favorites.
This recipe makes about 8 cups. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container for a couple of weeks, so it’s worth making more than you think you’ll need.
3 cups jumbo oats
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
¾ cups honey
1 cup raw cashew nuts, chopped or crushed
½ cup dried figs, chopped
1 cup shredded coconut (or coconut flakes)
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons brown sugar
Preheat the oven to 300 F.
Add all the ingredients except the figs to a large bowl and stir to mix thoroughly.
Prepare two baking sheets by covering them with baking parchment. Place the granola mixture on the baking sheets and spread out evenly. Put in the oven for 15 minutes. Take out of the oven and give the mixture a good stir, and spread out evenly on the sheets again. Put back in the oven for another 30 minutes until the granola is golden brown. Allow to cool in the pan, and then stir in the chopped figs.
Serve with cold milk, or with yogurt and chopped fresh fruit.