Country Style Almond and Vanilla Granola (Crunchy Muesli) for Farmhouse Breakfast Week
Farmhouse Breakfast Week 22 – 28 January 2012
Time for a healthy breakfast recipe today. This is a FABULOUS breakfast cereal and one that I am sure all the family will love. Crunchy vanilla scented and nutty granola (muesli) that can be made in advance and stores quite happily for up to two weeks in an airtight container………if it lasts that long. The original recipe was sent to me by an American friend – although I have tinkered with it, and the original measurements were in US cups; not having a set of US cups, I adapted this using a standard size teacup – but DO make sure that you use the SAME size teacup or mug for the whole recipe. Store in an airtight container for 2 to 3 weeks in a cool, dry place.
|Country Style Almond and Vanilla Granola (Crunchy Muesli)||
- Vegetable or sunflower oil, for greasing
- 4 cups of jumbo oats
- 1 cup almonds, blanched
- ½ cup pecans (optional)
- ¼ cup raisins
- 4 tablespoons soft brown sugar
- Pinch salt
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 4 tablespoons vegetable or sunflower oil
- 6 tablespoons honey or golden syrup
- 4 teaspoons natural vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 150C/300F/Gas 3 and lightly grease a large baking sheet or roasting tin with the vegetable or sunflower oil.
- Combine the vegetable/sunflower oil, honey and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a gentle simmer over a low heat. Remove from the heat and add the vanilla extract and salt, stirring well.
- In a large bowl, mix the nuts and the jumbo oats together, and then pour the hot sugar and oil mixture over the oats, fruit and nuts; mix with your hands, thoroughly.
- Spread the granola on the greased baking sheet/roasting tin and bake until golden brown, stirring occasionally – for about 20 to 30 minutes, but check EVERY 10 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before adding the raisins and storing in an airtight container. Serve with fresh milk or yoghurt and fresh fruit.
I hope you enjoy this recipe, this recipe was originally published in Country Kitchen magazine in March 2010; the recipe was developed and written by me for the magazine. This granola also makes a tasty snack to have in the evening as well as the morning, and my daughter often takes some into work for lunch, along with a fresh apple and some grapes. See you later with more breakfast recipes as well as some product and book reviews. Karen
I’ve never ever made granola! I used to really like it as a kid, though, but haven’t had it in years. The almond/pecan/raisin/cinnamon combo sounds pretty darn good. I have to say I like our system of cups and teaspoons and tablespoons. It’s quite quaint and charming!
Thanks Lauren! This is an easy to make recipe and the flavour combination is lovely……I also like the tea cup measuring system! LOL! Karen
Kentish Keg-Meg says
Just what I would love for breakfast and snacks. Will be making this soon for the family. Thank you Karen.
Glad you like this recipe…..it is just as nice for snacks as it is for breakfast too! Karen
this sounds so fresh and yummy! Im always excited to go grocery shopping after visiting you here 🙂
LOL! Thanks Heather! I will be over to see you later…..Karen xx
Karen, I love granola. I’m going to have to remember you recipe. Looks divine. 🙂
Thanks Paula! So glad you found me on my new blog url too! Karen
Your granola looks very good Karen! I have my own recipe that I have been making for years and years. I Love it. I don’t add the fruit in mine until after the mixture has baked to a lovely crunchy golden brown. Oh, Now I want some. It makes a great snack!
Thanks Marie! Yes, it is so much better home-made isn’t it? Great for late night snacking in front of the telly too!
This looks really tasty. I spend a fair amount of money on muesli type cereals so perhaps it is time I made my own as it looks beautiful and more falvoursome than dusty dreggs I findin my bowl at times. Loving the new look hope all goes well. You seem to have a lot of new exciting projects on the go at the moment a wonderful start to 2012. I can’t even dcide what to bake anymore!
Thanks! LOVELY to see you here, I am now in the process of adding links to my side bar for my favourite blogs, so it’s good to get you all to comment as I can grab your blog urls! This is much better than commercial cereal, do try it when you have time.
Congratulations, Karen. I know what a trial it is to move from Blogger to WordPress. It’s easy to start thinking it’s not worth the trouble and worry. But your new look is brilliant – very stylish and so effortless to enjoy.
Many thanks for your words of encouragement Charlie – I am sure I have made the right move, it is a little daunting at first. Thanks so much for your kind words about my new look too. Karen
Love making granola and haven’t made it in a while so thanks for reminding me!! xx
I think you will like this recipe Laura! XX
Janice (serialcrafter) says
I am a big granola fan, but have never made it myself. Maybe I should start!
It’s really easy Janice and so much better than commercial brands.
April @ The 21st Century Housewife says
Visiting from Gastronomical Sovereignty – you have a lovely blog! I really like the look and sound of this wonderful granola. I’ve never made my own granola before, but yours looks positively inspirational!
Hello April and thanks so much for visiting me! I must pop over to see you too…..and thanks for your LOVELY comments! Karen 🙂