Maple Sea Salt Granola

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I am a granola connoisseur. I have tried SO many different granolas and I have very particular requirements when it comes to a granola: lots and lots of crunchy clusters, perfect sweet but salty flavour and not too many ingredients. I have always wanted to try making my own, but was always worried it would just turn out a bit like baked oats - distinctly lacking crunch and flavour. I decided to give it a go, and this recipe is now my favourite granola EVER. I am a big fan of sea salt anything, that sweet and salty combo is just to die for. This granola has that perfect flavour, with some delicious, crunchy clusters and my favourite nuts. It's a winner. 

 

Maple Sea Salt Granola 

Serves: About 6 cups of granola

Time: 30 min

 

Ingredients:

4 cups whole jumbo oats

1 cup nuts (pecans and flaked almonds are the best in my opinion!)

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla extract 

1 tsp sea salt

1/2 cup melted coconut oil (or rapeseed)

1/2 cup maple syrup

 

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees c (350 f) and line a large baking tray with greaseproof paper.

2. In a large bowl, mix the oats, nuts, sea salt and cinnamon.

3. Stir in the melted coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla extract. Mix well so that everything is well coated.

4. Spread the granola out on the greaseproof paper, but don't spread it out too far as it needs to be able to stick together and form yummy clusters!

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5. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes, until it is crisp and golden - watch that it doesn't burn as the sugar means it can burn very quickly. Halfway through cooking, give it a small stir and press down on the granola with a spatula (this helps it stick together).

6. Remove from the oven and allow it to cool completely on the baking tray before moving it to a jar or tupperware (this ensures maximum crispiness!). Keep it in an airtight container for a couple weeks and enjoy!

 

Notes

  • You can use rapeseed oil instead if you prefer, but trust me the coconut oil adds so much flavour to the granola!
  • You can also use honey, but again, the maple is the star of the flavour show here!
  • If you want to add in some dried fruit such as raisins, I would recommend adding it after cooking, otherwise it will dry up in the oven.
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