*The title is my idea of humour, sorry.
I saw a lovely recipe for Granola in Gizzi Erskine’s ‘Skinny Weeks and Weekend Feasts’ which I have taken out of the library. The main appeal of the recipe was that it used dried apple and I had most of a bag of them left and they ‘technically’ expired…in November. So it was probably about time to use them up.
I didn’t have all the ingredients that Gizzi used, so this is my version, but I did use her cooking method, so give a clap to Miss Erskine.
If you have never heard of Gizzi Erskine, then do check her out, she has fab recipes, presented good shows on healthy eating and she responded to me on Twitter years ago, so she is nice as well.
150g Dried Apple, cut into small pieces
200g Porridge Oats
75g Pecans, cut into small pieces
30ml Rapeseed Oil
1 tsp Vanilla Extract/vanilla bean paste
50g Mixed Seeds
25g Milled Flaxseed
1 tsp Cinnamon
Add the cinnamon, oil, honey and vanilla extract to a bowl and slightly mix.
Add all the dried ingredients APART FROM the dried apple, and mix together.
Spread the Granola mix out across two baking trays, thinly.
Cook for 20 mins at Gas Mark 2 then add the dried apple and cook for a further 10 minutes.
TOP TIP – STERILISING JARS
Something as pretty as this shouldn’t be stored away in a tupperware, but I generally don’t use Kilner jars anymore, but wanted to for this.
I pulled the kilner jars down from the top of the cupboard where they had been for many a yonks and whilst you should always sterilise your jars, I knew it would be extra important now.
I washed the glass jars in very hot, soapy water. Then I rinsed them, placed all three in a roasting tray and when I took the granola out to cool from the oven I placed the jars in (so they were in at Gas Mark 2).
Leave inside the oven for about 20 minutes, then take out and leave to cool.
Fill with your lovely granola.