The welcoming smell of cinnamon and honeyed nuts greets me as I walk around my flat. It’s that time of the week again where I am baking granola.
It’s become quite a regular occurrence now, since nothing else in the stores quite lives up to my expectations of the crumbly oaty goodness I desire. Nowadays it’s either packed with refined sugars, basic ingredients in batches that last all of 5 minutes, or they hold an acclaimed “healthy” label but come in even smaller batches for an even higher price. I started to realise that I could spend half the amount on the staple ingredients I wanted, make it even healthier and increase the size of the batches, so the deliciousness lasts even longer!
But aside from the cost and the super food attachments, there’s nothing quite so calming as baking your own goods. It is fun to be creative with your ingredients, get stuck in, make a mess and smell the cooked sweetness float around your home. And it only takes 20 minutes or so to prepare (unless you have better guns than I do, and can stir a lot quicker!) and 25-30 minutes for the oven to do the rest.
So, don’t let the superstores gobble your money and then deliver you substandard nosh. I promise you that once you’ve baked one granola batch, you’ll never go back to bought.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a honeyed pecan granola beckoning me to devour it.
P.S. Put the oven on 145 degrees, 30 minutes to cook, 5 minutes to cool then transfer to an airtight container. The ingredients are up to you, but I would recommend using a nut butter to bind it all together. It’s magical.