Granola, muesli and  bircher muesli are all very different combinations of oats, grains, seeds, nuts and dried fruits that can be served and eaten in many different ways. I go through different phases during the year with what I like to have for breakfast. In summer I preferred to have fruit with my special Greek yoghurt mix or flourless pancakes with fruit. Come the cooler seasons during the year and all of a sudden I want something more hearty. I like to have my cereals with lots of bits and pieces of dried fruit and nuts in them and so I thought to myself, why not make granola and eat it like cereal? Granola and muesli are one of those types of foods that are really versatile and this recipe is great for the cooler autumn months in Melbourne.  After a quick search online I decided to base my recipe from the taste.com version and then make do with what I had in the pantry at home.

The original recipe here.

Autumn Granola Mix

Difficulty: easy. Makes: 10-12 servings based on 1/2-3/4 cup per serve

Ingredients

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  • 2 3/4 cups oats
  • 3 cups of wheat grains (mixture of weetbix, grain crackers etc)
  • 1/2 cup dessicated coconut
  • 2 tbs of pepita seeds/pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tbs sunflower seeds
  • 2 tbs linseed/flaxseed
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1/2 almonds (roughly crushed)
  • 2 heaped tbs of honey
  • 100ml natural oil  (I used grapeseed oil)
  • 4 figs (diced)
  • 1 cup dried fruit (1/2 cup dried berries & 1/2 cup dried apricots diced)

 

Method

DSCF2892Here I’ve already added the dried fruit and during the toasting process the dried fruit just becomes black and rock hard. In the weeks after making this granola again I experimented with adding the dried fruit after 20-25mins and only adding the dried fruit at the end of the toasting process. That way you get an added extra chewiness without having to pick out all burnt pieces of fruit. Figs especially become rock hard quite easily.

1. Preheat the oven to 170C. Mix all the ingredients except for the dried fruit together in a large bowl.

2. Spread evenly on a lined baking tray and toast in the oven at 170 for 30mins – mixing every 10 mins.

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3. Add the dried fruit in the last 10minute interval (or you can choose to add the dried fruit after the 30 mins)

4. Take the granola out of oven and let cool completely before storing in an air tight container.

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Serving size – 1/2 cup-1cup depending on your appetite

Serving suggestions. I find it difficult to have any type of grain, cereal, muesli or granola on it’s own so I always have it served with a liquid or something moist. I wouldn’t suggest using granola as bircher muesli because bircher muesli is contains oats as it’s main grain to be soaked. Granola to me is eaten more like a cereal but with all your favourite bits in it. There is also no added sugar in this granola, if you really do not like the honey then it can be substituted with agave syrup especially for those who are vegan.

  • Have 1/2 cup of granola with 1/2 cup milk of choice  served with fruit
  • 1/2 cup granola with 3 heaped tbs of natural/Greek yoghurt topped with fruit

I’ve been eating this for the past month now and I just can’t seem to get enough of it.

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