One of the things that I did at the weekend was to make home made Granola.
Dave loves a good granola after buying some from a farmers market which I have to agree was absolutely delicious. Unfortunately at £4.99 for a 475g bag, buying this just doesn't fit into a frugal lifestyle.
Making granola... ahhh now that's a different matter. It's easy and compared to buying ready made it is cheap.
I used quite a high proportion of seeds and nuts, but that's because Dave likes his granola nutty
a bit like himself, But you could make it cheaper by adding less and increasing the quantity of oats. Some recipes I've seen don't add any seeds or nuts and just use oats, which would take the cost right down. You can also add dried fruit once the granola is cooled and ready for storage, though we prefer it without dried fruit.
|All the dry ingredients measured and ready.|
5 cups rolled oats
1 cup seeds - any you like I used sunflower because that's what I had in.
1 cup chopped nuts - again any you like, but I had brazil nuts and almonds in stock.
1/2 cup of oil - I used an organic cold pressed rapeseed oil, but it doesn't really matter unless it's a strongly flavoured oil that you don't like - I've even seen some recipes that use melted butter.
1/2 cup of honey or soft brown sugar - used honey this time, but have used the sugar before.
1/2 tsp cinnamon - add more or less, substitute for another spice or even leave it spice free.
1/2 teaspoon os sea salt - don't be tempted to leave this out, in the grand scheme of things it's not a lot of salt per serving and it does make a difference to the flavour.
Mix all the ingredients together - I just do it in a large roasting tin, but if you do it in a bowl, spread it out onto baking tray/s.
Bake at 150C/130-140C fan oven/ Gas 2 for about 1 hour. Stir every 20 minutes and when it has all turned a golden brown remove from the oven and leave to cool on the tray. Break up any large lumps as it cools. If you want to add any dried fruit do so now. Store in an airtight container.