Granola - Healthy Breakfast Junk Food

The initial form of Granola was actually called Granula. It was invented in 1863 by James Caleb Jackson who used graham flour, smoothed it out into a sheet, baked it until crisp and then broke it up into pieces. Granula was the first cold cereal that was invented, however it needed to be soaked before it could be consumed.

It was Dr John Harvey Kellogg in the late 1800's who actually ran with this granula idea and used oats instead... a lawsuit later, Dr Kellogg changed the name of his cold cereal invention, an idea sparked by James Jackson, to granola.

Granola has always been pitched as a health food probably because it was invented by a doctor, however it was not until the 1990's when food labels on packaging became mandatory and revealed that granola was not really the health food that people were made to believe it was.

Granola, it's a healthy breakfast junk food.

Who doesn't like granola? Once in a while it's all good, everything in moderation, right?

 

THE RECIPE

Makes about 800g of toasty crispy granola

THE INGREDIENTS

300g rolled oats

150g nuts (I used pecans cashews and almonds)

150g dried fruit (cranberries, raisins, apricots)

80g pumpkin seeds

80g molasses (if you can't find molasses, substitute for honey or maple syrup)

50g honey

20g coconut oil

2 tsp cinnamon powder

1/2 tsp ground cloves

1/4 tsp ground ginger

pinch of sea salt

 

THE METHOD

Heat the oven to about 170'C

Add fruit, pumpkin seeds and nuts to oats with the spices.

Mix through the oil, honey and molasses

Spread evenly and loosely in a single layer on a non stick tray

Bake for 20-30 minutes, mixing at 10 minute intervals

Take out of the oven and leave to cool completely