It’s been a while since I’ve baked anything. Grateful for the mid-week public holiday, I was kinda desperate to get busy in the kitchen. In an attempt to try and eat healthy, I thought of baking granola. Been seeing loads of pictures by instagrammers and recipes on the www, so I was really tempted to try my hand at making some.
adapted from missus C’s reverie
- 5 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- Handful of walnuts, roughly chopped
- Handful of sliced almonds (I used whole almonds)
- 1/2 cup of sunflower seeds
- Handful of dried cranberries
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil (I used olive oil)
- 1-2 tbsp light brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Preheat oven to 160 degrees C. Line an 18×13-inch baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together maple syrup, vegetable oil, brown sugar, and salt. Fold in rolled oats and nuts (except sliced almonds). Mix until the dry mixture is thoroughly coated.
- Transfer mixture to prepared baking sheet. Spread evenly to form an even layer.
- Bake for 45 minutes until mixture is golden brown in color. Stirring every 10-15 minutes. Add in sliced almonds and dried cranberries at the last 5 minutes of baking.
- Let granola cool completely before storing in an airtight container for up to one month.
While the granola was slowly baking, my kitchen was filled with a lovely maple scent. I was so excited thinking that ‘I did it! I’m going to make an awesome batch of home-made granola good enough to share with friends!’
Turned out I was wrong. The nuts that I added into the mix? Well, some of them got burnt along the baking process. Despite this baking boo boo, the granola still tasted great (enjoyed with yogurt/ ice-cream or on its own as a snack). So, I had the burnt nuts removed and kept the rest stored away.
I’m not going let this little mishap stop me. I’m going to try to whip up another batch of these bites. This time round, I’m going to keep stirring the granola during baking to prevent the nuts from burning and put the baking tray a little lower from direct hit.
Send some luck along my way, wont’ you?
And E, if you are reading this? Maybe it really is time for you to send me a batch of your granola to try? ;p Hehe…