Lemon-zesty nutty blueberry Granola recipe
A great breakfast, brunch or snack option.
Ingredients (in 3 parts):
400g (16oz) Jumbo Porridge Oats (or gluten-free oats or Quinoa flakes)
100g (4oz) Seeds x 3 (I use 100g each of sesame, sunflower, pumpkin & 50g flax seeds)
100g (4oz) Flaked or Desiccated Coconut
200g (8oz) Mixed nuts of choice (I use flaked almonds, almond nibs & some chopped-up walnuts but you can use pistachios, cashews, pecans…)
100g Dried Blueberries - set aside
100g Goji Berries - set aside
Cinnamon powder 1 tsp (or use dried Ginger).
Vanilla Extract (not essence) 1 tsp
Organic (or at least unwaxed) Lemon: the zest of
Coconut Oil OR Butter - 10 tablespoons
Maple Syrup or Honey - 10 tablespoons
Preheat your oven to 180C (356 Fahrenheit) or moderate Gas setting (5-6).
Weigh & then put all the dried ingredients EXCEPT the fruit in a large metal bowl.
Melt the Coconut oil (or butter) with the Maple Syrup (or honey) in either a small saucepan or in a Pyrex jug in the bottom of your warming oven.
Stir the heated liquid gently then add in your Vanilla extract, Cinnamon & Lemon zest (adding them into the liquid now means they’ll be more evenly distributed in the end-granola mix).
Add the liquid to the dry ingredients & mix well to coat everything as much as possible (NB do not be tempted to add the dried fruit in here - it'll burn easily, dry out & turn the Granola acrid).
Bake half the mixture on a large baking or roasting tray initially for 5 minutes.
SET A TIMER! This is not a ‘walk-away & forget’ forgiving bake.
After the first 5 minutes, stir the mix & then bake again for c. another 5 minutes. Keep checking to ensure the Granola is only LIGHTLY browned. It can burn very very quickly.
Remove & repeat with the remaining half-mixture. Keep checking it…
Once the two halves are baked, cool then put it in either a large Kilner jar or other storage container.
Now add in your dried Blueberries & Goji berries. Put the lid on & gentle shake to mix through the fruit.
Keep in the fridge; in theory, this will keep very well for c. 3 weeks but I guarantee it won’t be around that long ;-)
Try this with your favourite sliced fruit, or a homemade berry compote & yoghurt of your choice (or try Skyr).
I like this particular Granola recipe with plain Greek yoghurt & a selection tropical fruits like Mango, Pineapple & Banana.
Some people even top their porridge with Granola!
Great source of fibre, Vitamin E & the B Vitamins, essential fatty-acids & of course, protein from both the nuts & seeds.
Do eat in moderation - Granola is a ‘topping’, not a breakfast cereal substitute or porridge-type serving. Savour it…