For xmas I decided to give away homemade gifts. Not only because I was poor and couldn’t afford buying amazing gifts but also because I thought it’s something everyone will appreciate. All of my friends and family got the same gifts (to make my life easier); a jar of vanilla sugar, a box of three different truffles and this amazing granola.
I’m not going to lie and say this granola is healthy, bla bla bla.. It isn’t! But it does have a few redeeming factors, like the fact that it has sesame seeds and flax seeds. And that 1/3 of my rolled oats are the extra fibre kind with oat bran and wheat bran in it. And aren’t nuts supposed to be health food anyway? What about fruit? I could eat this every day for breakfast, with just some plain soygurt and possibly some berries. Yum!
1 cup chopped mixed nuts (I like hazelnuts, almonds and walnuts)
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup canola oil
1/3 cup golden syrup/maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup chopped dried fruit (apricots, raisins, figs, papaya…)
1/3 cup flax seeds
Preheat oven to 300F. In a big bowl, mix together oats, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, nuts, cinnamon, salt and brown sugar. In a separate bowl, stir together oil and syrup until combined. Add vanilla extract. Pout the oil mixture over the oats and stir it well so everything gets well coated. Lightly oil a big baking tray and spread the oat mixture in an even layer. Bake in the oven for 40 minutes. After 20 minutes the granola needs to be stirred. Fold it over so it bakes evenly. Take the granola out and let it cool. Add in chopped dried fruit and flax seeds and store in airtight jars. Makes a ton! (Or about 8-9 cups).