I've loved granola for quite a long time, and last year when I first attempted to make it I was so impressed by how good it was!
That said, I made it once again and then I didn't for several months, and this was because the recipe I was using required a lot of time and a lot of ingredients, including large quantities of quite expensive ones.
A few weeks ago I decided to give it another try, I looked at a few recipes attempting to understand the equilibrium needed between the various types of ingredients, and tried to recreate it using only 3 ingredients, oats, a fat and a sweetener. I can make this recipe in 20 minutes, which means that I often make it even just before breakfast!!
I have decided to make a granola base to which I can add other things once it's ready depending on what I'm feeling to have.
2 cups Jumbo oats
3 tbsp Maple Syrup*
2 tbsp Coconut Oil
1 tbsp Chia Seeds (Optional)
1 tbsp Chopped Hazelnuts (Optional)
- Mix all the ingredients in a bowl with your clean hands (the warmth of your hands will melt the coconut oil so that you don't need to do it separately)
- Spread them on a baking sheet
- Cook them in a preheated oven at 160°C/320°F for 15 minutes
- Mix them every five minutes to make sure that they bake evenly
HOW TO SPICE IT UP
I like to make this base so that I don't need to make thousands of different granolas, I just add what I want when I want it, but here are some additional tips to personalise it
- *If you want to use a different sweetener, that's okay, but you might need to adjust the amount, for example Agave Syrup is sweeter so you might need less
- You should add any nuts or seeds before baking the granola, as this will toast them and make them extra delicious
- You should add dried fruit, chocolate and similar ingredients AFTER baking the granola as otherwise they will dry up too much, melt or burn
MY FAVOURITE SWEET GRANOLA
Since always my obsession granola has been with hazelnuts and chocolate, I buy the hazelnuts whole as they're less expensive and more multi-purpose, and then chop them myself with a knife. For what regards chocolate I either buy it unpackaged in the form of chocolate chips from New Leaf or I buy a chocolate bar in paper and foil from any supermarket and chop it myself.
While I love this granola, I still make mine without chocolate as I often use it for breakfast with yoghurt, and in that case I prefer to add some fruit and seeds!
Let me know if you try this recipe and tag me on Instagram (@zerowastepath) so that I can check it out, I would love some inspiration for other variants!