Many commercial cereals and cereal bars seem to be vying for junk-food status, not to mention for highest-price honours. So it's good to know that you can easily toast up a wholesome, delicious batch of wholegrain cereal at home. Serve it with skim milk or soy milk.
3 cups (285g) rolled or quick-cooking oats
½ cup (60g) coarsely chopped walnuts
2 tbsp wheatgerm
2 tbsp sesame seeds
⅓ cup (120g) honey
1 tbsp soft brown sugar
1 tbsp extra-light olive oil
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 cup (120g) sweetened dried cranberries
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Preheat the oven to 150°C. Combine the oats, walnuts, wheatgerm and sesame seeds in a 33 x 23cm baking tin. Bake for about 30 minutes or until the oats and nuts are toasted and fragrant. Remove the pan from the oven. Increase the oven temperature to 180°C.
Meanwhile, combine the honey, brown sugar and oil in a small frying pan over a medium heat. Cook until the sugar has melted, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla essence.
Drizzle the honey mixture over the oat mixture and stir to coat. Return to the oven and bake, stirring occasionally, until the oats are crispy, about 10 minutes.
With a spoon, break up any clumps. Stir in the cranberries. Store the granola in an airtight container.
Some more ideas…
You can sprinkle this over vanilla yogurt or cottage cheese and sliced bananas for a quick lunch. You can also use it as a topping for puddings and frozen desserts. * Try other dried fruits such as chopped dried apricots, pieces of dried apple or even a mixture of fruits.
A host of hard-to-find restorative oils abounds in this flavourful granola. Walnuts contain alpha-linolenic acid, which is similar to the heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oils. And wheatgerm, in addition to its protective oils, provides cholesterol-reducing, fat-soluble vitamin E.