07 May 2010

Recipe: Classic cook’s spice toasted granola

Classic cook’s spice toasted granola

Granola is said to have first been ‘invented’ in New York by Dr. James Caleb Jackson at the Jackson Sanitarium, a healthspa, in 1894. Granola had a popularity revival in the 1960s in America where it became known as ‘hippie health food’, and more exciting ingredients like dried fruits and nuts were then added.

Less than 30 minutes
Serves: 4

Main Ingredients
625 ml oats
10 ml mixed spice
3 tbsp honey
2 tbsp PnP olive oil
100 grams mixed nuts, crushed
120 grams vanilla flavoured seeds

Preheat oven to 200°C.
Pour oats into a baking tray. Bake for 10-12 minutes, stirring a couple of times.
Pour spice, honey and oil into a small bowl. Add 1 tsp (5ml) boiling water and stir to mix.
Add nuts and seeds and toss all the ingredients together.
Return to oven for another 5-7 minutes, stirring once or twice to ensure the oats don’t stick.
Cool and store in an airtight container, like an old ice cream tub, for a few weeks before use.
Serve with milk, yoghurt and chopped fresh fruit.

Good ideas:

Add chopped, dried fruit like figs, bananas, pears and apricots.
Mix in a couple of spoonfuls of toasted coconut.
Lower the GI by substituting the regular honey with Agave honey.

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