Friday, May 3, 2013

Rise & Shine ~ A Delicious Homemade Granola Recipe

G'Day sweet friends. Welcome to Natasha in Oz! Thanks so much for stopping by.

I just realized during the week that I haven't shared a recipe for a while so I thought I would share a delicious and easy recipe for #FoodieFriday that can also easily be given as a yummy gift for Mother's Day.

Rise and Shine to some Homemade Granola! 

Homemade Granola, Natasha in Oz

I just made a batch and it was delicious and so easy to make!

I literally just mixed a few ingredients together and then toasted it in the oven-it's that simple!

I added all the things I love including nuts, linseed, craisins and I even added some puffed wheat that I opened the week before but hadn't finished. The great thing about granola is that you can use any combination of nuts, spices, dried fruits and seeds you like. Top it with some milk, yogurt and fruit and you have a great breakfast in no time! 

Homemade Granola, Natasha in Oz

Homemade Granola, Natasha in Oz, granola

I was so impressed by the finished product I think I might even package some up in glass mason jars with a ribbon for Mother's Day gifts!

Homemade Granola, Natasha in Oz, Mother's Day Gift Idea, Mason Jars

Rise & Shine Granola

1/3 cup oil (I used vegetable oil)
1/3 cup honey or maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups oats (old fashioned, not the quick cooking kind)
3 tablespoons (packed) brown sugar
1 1/2 cups nuts/seeds of your choice (I added sliced almonds and flax seeds)
1 cup assorted dried fruit
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
a pinch of nutmeg
1/2 cup coconut flakes or desiccated coconut 

Note: The coconut flakes taste so delicious but be sure not to add coconut until the last 5-6 minutes of cooking because it burns very easily.

Preheat oven to 150°C/300°F and line a baking sheet with parchment.

In a bowl combine the oats and nuts/seeds. Pour in oil and maple syrup (or honey) and stir to combine. Add in seasonings and vanilla and mix well. Spread out on a baking sheet and bake at for 30 to 40 minutes, stirring every 10 to make sure all pieces bake evenly. When golden brown and smelling delicious, place the tray on a rack, stir in the fruit and then let it cool.

This makes a good 5 cups and should it stays fresh and delicious for at least two weeks if kept in a sealed jar/container.

This recipe is so flexible and you can alter it as much as you like. You can omit the brown sugar and coconut, use olive oil or coconut oil instead of vegetable oil, add chia or sunflower seeds instead of flax seeds...the possibilities and combinations are endless!

Homemade Granola, Natasha in Oz

I hope you enjoy this Granola as much as I do.

Homemade Granola, Natasha in Oz

On the subject of Mother's Day,I just wanted to remind you about my invitation to join my Mother's Day group board on pinterest. If you would like to join in or learn why it's a great idea to pin to a group board on Pinterest just click the picture below.

Group board on Pinterest #Mothersday

Thanks so much for stopping by today and thank you so much to Jenn at Clean and Scentsible for featuring this post at her blog!

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Natasha In Oz 
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