Sweet vanilla and almond combine with a touch of cinnamon spice and maple flavour in this gorgeous crunchy granola!
I’m the biggest fan of granola! I’m always making my own and I love coming up with new recipes and flavour combos. The list of my favourite granola recipes is never ending.
This latest granola creation is inspired by my mum’s recipe here! Easy healthy homemade granola is one of our favourites but for me this for me this vanilla almond version is even more tasty!
Whilst the granola was baking the aromas it created in my kitchen were amazing – I knew I was onto a winner!
Whilst baking the flavour from the maple, cinnamon and vanilla gets stronger and even more deliciously aromatic! And before anyone asks, my recipe calls for ONE WHOLE TABLESPOON of vanilla. I love vanilla and this is a massive batch of homemade granola so it really does make a difference, but if you’re not so keen you can adjust this recipe to your own taste. It’s also optional to add some cinnamon to the granola mix. Cinnamon is one of those ingredients that can transform any bake. These banana cupcakes prove that!
You can also customise the granola to your own taste. Add a few tablespoons of chia seeds for extra added goodness or sprinkle in some desiccated coconut. The choices are endless! And moving onto toppings, my favourites are banana and strawberries but you could add anything from chopped dried fruit like apricots or dates, or simply enjoy it with just milk or Greek yogurt for a protein-packed breakfast!
300g (3 1/2 cups) jumbo rolled oats (porridge oats)
100g (3/4 cup) slivered or flaked almonds
200g (7 ounces) maple syrup
4 tbsp oil – I used rapeseed
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 350°F / 180°C / 160C fan / Gas Mark 4.
2. In a small saucepan melt together the maple syrup, oil and vanilla extract on a medium heat. When the mixture is runny, take off the heat.
3. In a mixing bowl mix together the oats, almonds and cinnamon (if using). Pour the wet mixture over the oats and mix to coat fully. Make sure you cover all the oats.
4. Spread out evenly on 1-2 large baking trays. Bake for 20-25 minutes, stirring the mixture halfway through. Cook until light golden and toasted.
5. Remove tray from oven once cooked and allow to cool. Once cooled store in an airtight container or jar. Best enjoyed with sliced banana and milk for a great, healthy breakfast!
Enjoy the recipe guys!
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