I always have a few half packets of dried fruit, nuts and seeds at the beginning of the year and this is a great way to use them all up! I also love how you can personalise this by season and for loved ones who are partial to certain flavours. I received a lovely Apple Granola from my friend Monica with beautifully thin strips of dehydrated apples from the orchard on her doorstep.
- 600g thick rolled oats – I would suggest Flavahan’s
- 120ml runny honey
- 100ml vegetable or coconut oil
- 100g soft brown sugar or 100g fruit puree
- 150g dessicated coconut
- 150g mixed nuts – chopped
- 300g dried fruits
- 100g mixed seeds – pumpkin, sunflower, linseed for example.
- 100ml elderflower cordial – optional. I had some leftover in the freezer so threw this in. You could use maple syrup instead.
To make it
- Preheat the oven to 180C and line two large baking trays with greaseproof paper.
- Mix together everything except the dried fruit and seeds in a large bowl. Make sure everything is well coated with the honey and oil and you break up any clumps of sugar.
- Bake for around 30-40 minutes but make sure you give it a stir about half way through.
- While it’s baking lay out two teatowels on a flat work surface and cover with greaseproof paper.
- When the mixture is golden brown or darker if you prefer, leave to cool for a few minutes and then transfer back to the mixing bowl and add the chopped dried fruit and seeds.
- Mix thoroughly and then leave to cool completely on the teatowels and greaseproof paper while still warm.
- Store in an airtight tin. This should keep for about a month.