Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Relatively Healthy Granola

First, I'd like to apologise for the super long absence from this blog.
Second, I'd like to present you with this peace offering for my negligence.
Finally, I really really hope you'll forgive me & continue reading my blog!


I know there's no good excuse for being awol from this blog for so long, but let me explain myself!

  1. I moved house in July.
  2. The new house has NO OVEN (kill me, I know).
  3. I just started Uni (& it's killing me with activities like you won't believe it!).
  4. I'm still trying to figure out how to operate my convectional microwave oven like a regular oven.
There. My "good" excuses. Now back to the peace offering.

I've never really liked oatmeal back when I was younger. Sure, it's "good for you" and it's "healthy" but we used to make it simple and plain, without the works. Just oatmeal, condensed milk and hot water. No honey, nuts, dried fruits or granola. Just oatmeal. How can anyone fancy eating that?? (No offence to those who like it though)

It was only until the beginning of this year, when I developed a new appreciation for all things cereal-y, and oat-y. Not that I still eat oatmeal now of course. I'm more of a muesli-lovin, granola-munchin, cereal-chowin type of girl. HA.

So now I'm back with a rather healthy version of my favourite granola. Storeboughts are wayyyyy too sweet and are packed loads with unhealthy stuff. I should know, because I've been ingesting boxes of that stuff all these months! Talk about unhealthy.

I think I've sort of become an advocate for healthy and/or organic food. Having gone through a fat-phase once, I know I must make better food choices! Hence the decision to eat organic New Zealand apples and use organic honey from Australia in this recipe. Okay no link. My bad. Back to the recipe.

Healthy Granola (or so I think)
makes about 1 and a half cups

1 cup old fashioned oats
1-1/2 tbsp canola oil
1/2 tbsp water
2 tbsp organic honey
3/4 cup (or so) dried fruits (I used black and yellow raisins)
5/8 cup (or so) roughly chopped nuts (I used walnuts, almonds and cashews)

1. Mix the nuts and oats together in a bowl.

2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the oil, water and honey until it is well combined and sort of syrupy.

3. Pour the honey/oil/water mixture into the oats/nuts mixture and mix well, making sure all the oats and nuts are thoroughly covered. I hand-mixed the mixture, which I found easier, and ended up with oily-sticky-oat-covered-hands. Yum.

4. Place the mixture onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and spread it out until the mixture is flat and even.

5. Bake in a preheated 180C oven for about 25-35 min (I baked for about 35 min in my microwave) and stir the mixture once or twice (I stirred it twice) to ensure even baking before it is done.

6. Remove and transfer the granola to another cookie sheet lined with parchment paper to cool once it is done.

7. When cool, add in the dried fruit into the granola and toss to combine.

8. Store in a clean, dry, airtight container.

This granola doesn't really clump together much but I kind of prefer it this way. The sweetness is just nice for me and it isn't cloying. I took a big bite of it after letting it cool a while and myohmy it delicious! It was still slightly warm and had a bit of crunch to it. Mmhmm yum.

I halved the original recipe from 80breakfasts because I'm the only one in my family who eats oats and stuff. So yay! More for me :D

You could also use other types of nuts (hazelnuts, pine nuts etc) and dried fruits (mangoes, cranberries, figs etc) in the recipe. If you're feeling rather adventurous, you could throw in a handful of banana chips,  kiwis or even better, CHOCOLATE CHIPS. That will make one helluva granola!

Note: I don't know how long this granola will keep but you wouldn't have to worry about that since it'll be devoured sooner than you realise! :p

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