easy honey nut granola

how to make easy honey nut granola

I have resisted making granola for all these years because I knew it would land up being another food on my list that I would never be able to buy again. Firstly its so ridiculously easy to make, and secondly you get to craft a recipe exactly how you like it – with what flavours you enjoy and how much fat you think you can indulge in. I also like a lot of nuts in my granola. I don’t enjoy fishing around the packet until I find what I want and land up with the last half of the bag devoid of any visible particulates.

honey nut granola

This is pretty much a perfect granola for me – but seriously just adapt and change it to suit your taste. Like I said, I want a lot of nuts and I didn’t skimp on mixing in four different types (although almonds dominate). The cashews, macadamia’s and the hazelnuts make it super indulgent, and I this is exactly what I want from my granola.

how to make easy honey nut granola

I like seeds too, so next time I might throw those into the mix. I particularly enjoy toasty sunflower and pumpkin seeds with my breakfast.

how to make easy honey nut granola

As far as the fat content goes, granola definitely needs some of that, but when you make your own, you can control how much you add. I like butter for the flavour but I keep it as light as possible. Coconut oil works well too and its what I use when I make granola bars.

how to make easy honey nut granola

For the sweet, I would choose honey or pure maple syrup. Honey somehow makes it a little more virtuous, but maple comes from a tree so I think they are both good. I’ve become a little fussy around honey as I explore everything about this fascinating product made by bees. I discovered that many cheap honey brands are mixed with corn syrup and they will never crystalise. There are very different grades out there let alone flavours. I love wild flower honey, preferably raw so that is what I used here. It really does add to the overall experience of making a perfect granola.

how to make easy honey nut granola

A touch of cinnamon and a dash of vanilla extract add a nuance of base flavour you wouldnt find in a commercial product, so I loved using it here.

If you wanted to add any dry fruit you could do so at the end, but I like just oats and nuts that get all crunchy and clumpy when they roast. I eat my granola with Greek style full fat yoghurt, fresh fruit and another drizzle of honey.

granola with almonds, cashews, hazelnuts and macadamia nuts

Life is good.

Cooks tips ~ all nuts are raw to start with and obviously unsalted. I like almonds skin on, all other nuts must be skin off. Use proper oats not the quick cook variety. I found heating the honey a little in the microwave first made it easier to coat the oats.

Recipe – makes about 6 ½ cups worth

  • 1 cup whole almonds skin on
  • 1 cup mixed nuts: hazelnuts, macadamia and cashews
  • 4 cups oats
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 115g / 1 stick / ½ cup – butter (salted) – melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 150 c / 300 F (I used the fan because I had 2 trays going at the same time)

In a large bowl mix the cinnamon and nuts with the oats. Add the vanilla extract to the melted butter and pour into the oat mix. Add the heated honey and mix it all together with a wooden spoon until well combined.

Tip the mix onto two large baking sheets lined with silicone or baking paper spread out and bake for around 35 – 40 minutes until golden brown. I turned the trays around half way through and gave the granola a good toss around.

how to make easy honey nut granola

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15 Responses to easy honey nut granola

  1. tanja May 18, 2015 at 3:35 pm #

    OOOOOH yummy…pictures and recipe! Quick one can you substitute coconut oil for the butter Sam! All the girls in office are making this tonight… x

  2. Sam May 18, 2015 at 3:38 pm #

    HI Tanja – Cool! yes – you can replace with coconut oil, it will obviously impact on the flavour a bit.

  3. DisplacedHousewife May 18, 2015 at 3:41 pm #

    I’m currently obsessed with making my own granola…I want to try the butter, I use oil. Looks delicious!! xx

  4. Sam May 18, 2015 at 3:48 pm #

    I think I prefer the concept of butter for some reason.

  5. Nicola Hawke May 18, 2015 at 5:37 pm #

    Love Homemade Granola – thanks for the inspiration
    Sam

  6. Sam May 18, 2015 at 5:49 pm #

    Hey Nic, so lovely to hear from you S xxx

  7. redfern May 18, 2015 at 7:06 pm #

    Oooh yum! Cant wait to try. How long does it keep for Sam?

  8. caroliedekoster May 18, 2015 at 9:20 pm #

    Welcome to the club Sam! I have been making this for 30 years and it was the most popular part of breakfast in my guest house and even now for my guests as well. No but no bought granola can match home made! I often place small bowls with toasted hazelnuts or finely diced dried fruit or cranberries or dried banana chips or toasted coconut alongside. Having this on the shelf I often add it to muffins, desserts and more… and just grab a little handful before I go out for uninterrupted gardenening for several hours! By adding honey and peanut butter one can mould it into bars as well. My recipe is going into the new book as well! C xxx

  9. Laura (Tutti Dolci) May 19, 2015 at 1:09 am #

    I adore homemade granola, I’d absolutely inhale this!

  10. Sam May 19, 2015 at 9:30 am #

    Hi Carolie – I guess better late than never. I love the idea of banana chips and cant wait to try your bars.
    sam x

  11. Sam May 19, 2015 at 9:52 am #

    Hi Redfern, not to sure as I havent tested but I imagine in a sealed jar for about 3 – 4 weeks.

  12. Suné Moolman May 20, 2015 at 10:14 am #

    I just came back from the grocery store – I now have all the ingredients. 🙂 Cannot wait to make this, got some double thick double fat Greek yogurt to go with it. Thanks so much Sam!

  13. Sam May 20, 2015 at 11:12 am #

    Awesome Sune – enjoy!

  14. Gemma May 22, 2015 at 5:05 pm #

    Your granola looks wonderfully delicious! Homemade granola is far better than store bought granola packs and the ingredients you chose to make yours are exactly the ones that I love! 🙂
    The addition of raw honey is great!

    xoxo

    PS: your pictures are always so beautiful! <3

  15. Sam May 24, 2015 at 3:31 pm #

    Thanks Gemma 🙂 – Ive been nibbling away at it. Ive been adding a small amount to my All Bran and makes it so much better.

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