Fruit and Nut Granola

By Mary McCartney From the book Food
Fruit and Nut Granola

I always used to buy granola, until a friend showed me how easy and satisfying it is to make. What I love about it is that once you’ve made the syrup and measured out the oats you can modify the other ingredients to your own taste, by using your own choice of nuts and seeds and dried fruit (sticking roughly to the specified 50g for each ingredient). Or you can stick with this recipe, which I think is well balanced and has a lovely roasted flavour. I love to serve this with a big spoonful of plain yogurt and some blueberries on top.

 

Ingredients

  • 250g porridge oats, preferably jumbo oats
  • 45g brazil nuts (approx. 10 nuts), roughly chopped
  • 50g sunflower seeds, roughly chopped
  • 50g pumpkin seeds, roughly chopped
  • 50g dried apricots, chopped
  • 50g raisins
  • 50g dried cranberries
  • For the syrup:
  • 3 tbsp sunflower or cooking oil
  • 5½ tbsp maple syrup
  • 5½ tbsp runny honey

Instructions

Preheat your oven to 150°C/gas mark 2. Line 2 baking trays with baking parchment or greaseproof paper.

In a large mixing bowl combine the oats, brazil nuts, sunflower and pumpkin seeds. Set this aside while you make the syrup.

To make the syrup pour the oil, maple syrup and honey into a small saucepan and heat gently until warm but not bubbling, stirring well until all the ingredients are mixed together. Take care not to let it bubble and overcook.

Drizzle the syrup over the oats, nuts and seeds and mix together so that all the ingredients are lightly coated.

Spread the mixture out evenly over the 2 baking trays, so that it is about 1.5cm deep. Bake for 30–40 minutes, taking it out of the oven 2 times during baking to mix the granola around and then return it to continue baking. When it’s ready it should be golden brown.

Take the granola out of the oven and now mix in the apricots, raisins and cranberries.

Set it aside to cool, then store in an airtight container and keep in a cool dry place until needed (stored like this, it will keep for 2–3 weeks).

 

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