Thursday, May 28, 2009



I’m now remembering why I started to make my own granola – I’d been reading and hearing lots about
superfoods and decided to make a concerted effort to incorporate more of them into my everyday diet…….

So for a month I tried to eat and cook my way through the below list. The contents of which are very much open to debate

• Black Beans

• Blueberries

• Broccoli

• Oats

• Oranges

• Pumpkin

• Salmon
• Soy
• Spinach
• Tea (green or black)
• Tomatoes
• Turkey • Walnuts
• Yogurt

• Wheatgerm

• Tomato paste
• Curry ?
• Ginger

• Black Beans
• Fresh Herbs
• Dark Chocolate
• Olive Oil
• Almonds

• Seeds

It was quite fun to look at a list of ingredients in incorporate them into meals I already knew or to search out new recipes.

Back to the granola – I was looking for a way to combine a number of these foods so that it would be very easy to eat an amount of them in one go – Granola includes oats, pumpkin (seeds) walnuts, yogurt (to serve) wheatgerm, almonds (pronounced ahhhmint if you’re from Limerick) & even more seeds. Also it’s dead yummy and easy to make. With every batch you make some changes so it’s always different, I have seen some recipes that include cocoa and dark chocolate – so that could be one more off the list included.

Golden Syrup, Hazelnut and Vanilla Granola


This one smells amazing in the oven .

4 cup of jumbo oats
1 cup of wheatgerm
1 cup of hazelnuts & almonds - halved

½ cup of pumpkin seeds

tablespoons of sesame seeds
2 tablespoons of poppy seeds

1 serving spoon of unsweetened peanut butter

1 serving spoon of golden syrup

2 serving spoons of water
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

Mix the golden syrup and water over a low heat till dissolved, then stir in the peanut butter, and finally the vanilla essence -remove from heat – don’t worry if the peanut butter remains a little lumpy – it will make some great crunchy pieces in your
finished granola. Combine the other dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix thoroughly. Then pour over liquid – mix thoroughly once again – turn out onto a very lightly greased large baking tray, spreading as thinly and evenly as you can. Bake in the centre of the oven – for 30-40 mins mixing every 15 mins or so to ensure even browning. Allow to cool before putting in an airtight container.

Serve with natural or flavoured yogurt, and dried or fresh fruit of your choice. Or raw with a spoon straight from the jar at your desk, if you’re working late…. My secret super-shame!!
My straight up peanut butter granola can be found here


Anonymous said...

At what temperature did you bake this?

Lu said...

Hey I baked it at gas mark 6