The Grocer: Granola

Crunchy and golden, granola is a delicious way to welcome the dawn of a new day. A winter alternative to traditional muesli, granola is a toasted version of the oaty meal.

A favourite amongst Americans, granola is a simple creation. To make your own, pre-heat the oven to 165 °C. Line a baking tray with baking paper and scatter with five cups of oats and a handful of chopped nuts (think pecans, almonds, walnuts).

Simply toss together the oats with spices like nutmeg and cinnamon and a bundle of seeds (such as flax, sesame or almonds). Spread these dry ingredients out evenly on a tray and pour over a wet combination of a quarter of a cup of honey, a quarter of a cup of maple syrup and two tablespoons of canola oil. Bake this sticky mixture for about half an hour, or until golden brown, stirring occasionally. Once it is completely cooled, transfer to an airtight container where you can also add a handful (or more) of dried fruits (apricots, craisins and sultanas).

Enjoy a bowl of granola adorned with an overflowing spoonful of thick yoghurt and fruit at home on weekends. You can also dine out for granola at Cup Coffee at West End.

Image via This Little Piggy.


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