This recipe for granola may seem slightly decadent with the addition of sugar and golden syrup, however these can always be substituted for something similar if you wish. It does make quite a large batch, so it isn’t as if you will be eating the whole lot in one sitting. Granola is crunchy and slightly clumped together, so if you don’t have a sticky substitute like the ingredients in the recipe, it will not be the same. I also use this as crunchy topping for puddings, see photos below for some inspiration, and you can also check out my video for this recipe on youtube.
25g Golden Syrup
85g Demerara Sugar
1tsp Vanilla Extract
30g Hazelnuts roughly chopped
80g Pecan nuts roughly chopped
35g Pistachio roughly chopped
60g Flaked almonds
70g Sunflower seeds
45g Desiccated coconut
125g Porridge Oats
Zest of 2 oranges
Preheat Oven to 150 degrees centigrade approx gas mark 2-3
In a saucepan gently melt the butter, honey, golden syrup and Demerara sugar until it is a smooth liquid and the sugar has melted. Once off the heat, stir in the vanilla extract.
In a large bowl place all the nuts, seeds, oats and orange zest. Mix round the dry ingredients and then add the butter syrup from the saucepan. Mix well, this may take some time to make sure there are no dry pockets of oats and nuts around the bowl.
Pour into a roasting tin and level out. Place in the oven for around 50 – 60 minutes. Every 15 minutes, remove from the oven and turn the mixture in the roasting tin, then place back in the oven. This helps the mixture get golden all over.
Once the cooking time has expired, take the roasting tin out of the oven and let it cool down. Once cool, you will see that it crisps up and goes crunchy, you can see this in the video clip. Once properly cool place in a sealed container.
I love this crunchy granola on top of a layer of Greek yoghurt and stewed rhubarb. Simply chop some rhubarb, add a little water, a couple of drops of vanilla extract and a little sugar (if you want) in a saucepan. Let it cool and then place it at the bottom, then layer the other items on top!