Everyone has certain foods that transport them to weird and wonderful places. For me, ‘granola’ takes me back to Cyprus when I was staying at the gorgeous Anassa Hotel (see blog post here!) Their granola was hands down one of the best I’ve ever tasted – packed with nuts, seeds and dried fruit and served alongside raw nuts in fresh, local honey (words can’t describe…!) Having baked a lot in lockdown I wanted a week off cake and thought I might try to recreate this breakfast of dreams without going for the most ‘sugar-packed’ recipe out there. Therefore I’m going to share my healthy fruit & nut granola recipe with you!
You can make granola in a variety of ways with golden or maple syrup, various sugars, honey, nuts, seeds, fruit, chocolate chips etccccc. I wanted to make a batch that was full of goodness, tasted sweet but that wasn’t super ‘bad’ for me as I sprinkled on top of my yoghurt in the morning. In this recipe I’ve used a mix of coconut oil and honey which gives it an incredible flavour. I’ve chucked in pumpkin seeds for good measure (because everything tastes better with pumpkin seeds), some raw nuts and raisins for that extra sweetness.
I was really happy with how it turned out and in addition to it smelling incredible as it was baking, it also looked so aesthetic when in the glass mason jar on the kitchen side.
One tip I have (and it depends how you like your granola) – is to make sure you spread evenly on your tray and ensure the layer isn’t too thick. I laden my tray a little too much, which meant it didn’t cook as evenly and therefore there were less ‘clumps’ of granola and it was more broken up. In actual fact, I prefer it that way so it was a win win… But if you prefer a clumpy ‘cluster-like’ granola do a thinner layer (on perhaps 2 trays) and push the mixture down so it’s more compact.
Add anything you like to the recipe, it’s very versatile! But save the fruit for scattering at the end and don’t bake (it will burn!)