Chunky Granola Recipe

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I make this Chunky Granola Recipe every week, and it is loved by everyone and features regularly in our breakfast rotation.

Best Baking Recipes: Chunky Granola Recipe

I'd never been much of a granola fan, as I always either found the shop bought versions too sweet, or didn't like the texture or mix of them. So I decided to create my own chunky granola recipe. I love clusters of granola that have a crunch to them, rather than loose grains. And the beauty of making your own granola is being able to customise the fruit and nut mix to your liking - plenty of nuts and seeds for crunch and dried fruit for sweetness.

Creating chunky clusters is all about finding the right balance of oil and sweetener to yield those gorgeous chunks that hold together. It's also about baking them at a low temperature so the oats toast gently rather than scorch.

This chunky granola recipe is only subtly sweetened with honey and maple syrup, just enough to add flavour without it becoming cloying. I love that the coconut oil adds a hint of coconut flavour, but if you're not keen on it, you can use flavourless coconut oil or another kind of oil.

Best Baking Recipes: Chunky Granola Recipe

Serve your granola with milk or plain yoghurt, topped with fresh berries and drizzled with honey, if you like. Homemade granola also makes a lovely gift, from the heart. ❤️

Best Baking Recipes: Chunky Granola Recipe

Here's what you'll need to make this Chunky Granola Recipe:
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380g rolled oats
75g almonds, chopped
65g pumpkin seeds
50g pecan nuts
40g sunflower seeds
100g coconut oil, melted
105g runny honey
15g maple syrup
75g raisins
60g dried cranberries

And here's what you'll need to do:

  • Preheat the oven to 170C / 150C Fan, and line a baking sheet with parchment.
  • Chop the almonds, and place them in a large mixing bowl, along with the oats, pecan nuts, pumpkin and sunflower seeds.
  • Measure out the coconut oil in a jug, and melt it in the microwave for about a minute. Add the honey and maple syrup, and whisk it all together until combined.
  • Pour the honey mixture over the oats, nuts and seeds, and mix together until all the dry ingredients are coated.
  • Pour the oat mixture onto the lined baking sheet, and spread it into a single layer, pushing it to the sides and corners, and smoothing down the top, with a soft spatula.
  • Bake in the preheated over for 12 minutes. Meanwhile, measure out the raisins and dried cranberries into a bowl, and set aside for later.
  • After 12 minutes, remove the baking sheet, and carefully flip the oat mixture using a spatula. Smooth it back down into a single layer, and bake for another 10 minutes.
  • When the 10 minutes are up, turn off the oven and remove the baking sheet. Allow the oats to cool completely - this important and the key to getting gorgeous granola clusters - for several hours or overnight even.
  • If you disturb the granola before it has cooled and set, the bits won't bind together, and you'll end up with a pile of toasted oats.
  • When the granola is cooled, use a wooden spoon or spatula to lift it from the baking sheet and gently break it into chunks.
  • Mix in the raisins and dried cranberries, and serve, or package it up into mason jars for gifting.
Best Baking Recipes: Chunky Granola Recipe

This Chunky Granola Recipe is infinitely variable, and there are many ways to make it your own, including:

  • Sweetener: Use any combination of honey, maple syrup, brown rice syrup, date syrup, agave syrup, etc.
  • Nuts: Options include almonds, walnuts, pecans, cashews, hazelnuts, Brazils, pistachios, etc.
  • Seeds: Pumpkin, sunflower, sesame and flax are just some of the seeds you could use.
  • Dried fruit: You could use raisins/sultanas, currants, cranberries, apricots, dates, figs, cherries, mango, etc.
Best Baking Recipes: Chunky Granola Recipe

 

Chunky Granola Recipe

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Best Baking Recipes: Chunky Granola Recipe

This chunky granola recipe is healthy and super easy to make, you'll never want to go back to shop bought varieties again.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 22 minutes
Yield: 900g
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Modern European
Tags: Honey Granola, Healthy

Ingredients

380g rolled oats
75g almonds, chopped
65g pumpkin seeds
50g pecan nuts
40g sunflower seeds
100g coconut oil, melted
105g runny honey
15g maple syrup
75g raisins
60g dried cranberries

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 170C / 150C Fan, and line a baking sheet with parchment.
  2. Chop the almonds, and place them in a large mixing bowl, along with the oats, pecan nuts, pumpkin and sunflower seeds.
  3. Measure out the coconut oil in a jug, and melt it in the microwave for about a minute. Add the honey and maple syrup, and whisk it all together until combined.
  4. Pour the honey mixture over the oats, nuts and seeds, and mix together until all the dry ingredients are coated.
  5. Pour the oat mixture onto the lined baking sheet, and spread it into a single layer, pushing it to the sides and corners, and smoothing down the top, with a soft spatula.
  6. Bake in the preheated over for 12 minutes. Meanwhile, measure out the raisins and dried cranberries into a bowl, and set aside for later.
  7. After 12 minutes, remove the over, and carefully flip the oat mixture on the baking sheet using a spatula. Smooth it back down into a single layer, and bake for another 10 minutes.
  8. When the 10 minutes are up, turn off the oven and remove the baking sheet. Allow the oats to cool completely - this important and the key to getting gorgeous granola clusters - for several hours or overnight even.
  9. If you disturb the granola before it has cooled and set, the bits won't bind together, and you'll end up with a pile of toasted oats.
  10. When the granola is cooled, use a wooden spoon or spatula to lift it from the baking sheet and gently break it into chunks.
  11. Mix in the raisins and dried cranberries, and serve, or package it up into mason jars for gifting.

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