I love granola but very rarely buy it. For one it is so expensive and secondly I eat too much if it is in the house. Making your own granola is quick, easy and allows you to control what goes into it and how much you make. The base ingredients for any granola are healthy – oats are full of protein and minerals and have a long list of benefits, seeds are a rich source of the essential Omega-3 fatty acids and nuts are rich in antioxidant vitamins. So what’s the downside? Well, all that lovely sweet crunchy yumminess comes from the added sugars and oil which are needed to bring it all together. That’s where making your own is better as you can play around with different sweeteners – honey, stevia, maple syrup are all better than refined sugar. Try different oils too – a popular choice is coconut oil which I do like but it is very expensive. Add in different nuts and seeds, dried fruit, even chocolate for a very special treat – the variations are endless. If eaten in moderation then granola has more health benefits than downsides. The key word here is moderation – I made this chocolate granola last weekend with the intention of taking photographs for my blog but it was polished off by all four of us snacking on it throughout the day. This weekend’s batch has been photographed and stored away out of sight until tomorrow’s breakfast 🙂
Don’t you just hate it when a recipe doesn’t work? I understand that when it comes to baking you will always have slight variances due to different altitudes, slight differences in ovens, size of pan etc. but sometimes it is just so wrong that you wonder if the recipe was ever made by the author.
Today was one of those days. I had an hour or so to myself this afternoon and decided to make some crunchies for the biscuit tin. I turned to one of my favourite cookery books – Home Cooking by Francois Ferreira. What could go wrong with a simple recipe for crunchies?
I first looked at the quantity for the dry ingredients and thought it looked far too much for the amount that I wanted to make – 1 kg of oats!! I decided to halve the quantity and it was still a lot but everyone loves crunchies so I thought it wouldn’t be a problem to make a big batch. As I had halved the dry ingredients I then halved the liquid ingredients. It was completely wrong – I ended up using 4 times the amount in the recipe book. How can it be so wrong in a published book – don’t they use proof readers? Anyway – the end result was delicious . Crunchy and chewy – perfect with a glass of milk.
There is something very satisfying about having a bowl of oats porridge in the morning. Aside from tasting good it is so healthy for you – you only have to Google ‘benefits of oats’ to find pages and pages of reasons to eat oats. My only problem with a bowl of oats porridge is that it seems more suited to a cold, wintry morning. Now that summer is here we need something a bit lighter but just as healthy. A bowl of Bircher Muesli is the answer – just don’t forget to prepare it the night before.