I've been meaning to post my granola recipe for a while. In response to nickynoo77's breakfast question I'm finally adding it here. The problem with granola is it needs a way to stick together, so when you start taking out the sugar, syrup, tonnes of honey that shop bought granolas have, it becomes quite dry and less clumpy, but it still has more bite and flavour than a simple oat muesli. But I've got used to having granola like this, it still has the nice toasted nuts/seeds element to it, and I make up for any lack of sweetness by adding dates and sultanas. You can exchange the nuts/seeds/dried fruit/oil for whatever you have or prefer to use. I've worked out the approx cals/sugar content for this, but I'm sure there's room for improvement! (Not by adding peanut butter though! - that particular experiment wasn't such a success...)
Mix the following together and spread it out, pressed down flat on a baking tray, right up to the edges (a flan dish is good). It should be max about 1 inch deep. If it's a lot deeper than this, transfer some onto a second tray. Bake in a warm oven approx 160 degrees for 25 mins, then turn it a bit, press flat again, then bake another 10 mins or until it has a golden colour.
50g peanuts (chopped)
25g walnuts (chopped)
50g sunflower seeds
50ml rapeseed oil
Leave to cool for about half an hour. Then transfer it to a food bag/tupperware box and mix in some dried fruit, e.g.:
50g dates (chopped)
Total cals for this recipe approx 2000 (85g sugar). Should be enough for 12 servings around 40g each, coming to approx 170cals per serving (7g sugar). (Add your milk/yogurt/etc cals on top of this). A smaller portion of this with yogurt and stewed apples works well too.
Any granola recipe variations welcome. I'm sure there's room for improvement here, but it's working for me at the moment