The 'whatever is in the cupboard' Granola

Oh, granola. 

We love you. Filling, yummy, delicious, granola... 

You can use granola to make cereal bars or overnight oats AND, it can be used to use up whatever you've got in your pantry.

Those last few hazelnuts hiding at the back, those oats that are obstructing the space of other goodness, seeds that simply taste boring on their own... Whatever you want!

Plus- our granola recipe uses up the pulp from our Apple Juice recipe and the nut meal from our Almond Milk. If you have these two to hand, pull these out of the freezer the night before you want to make granola. Or if they were chilling in the fridge, bring to room temp, before you start the recipe. 

Haven't made these recipes before or don't want to? Fear not! We have made notes about adjustments below. 

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So, the almond pulp

It needs to be oven dried, on a low heat, in the oven, for a little while. This is because all the water from when it was used to make it into milk is probably still lurking in it. Which was fine when it was in the fridge or freezer, but will make the granola soggy and will mess up the cooking time later on, as you'll have dry and wet ingredients together.

All those who want soggy granola raise your hand...

*No one raises their hand*

Just as I thought.

Spread your nut meal as thin as you can onto a tray, baking sheet, cast iron pan- whatever is large and flat.

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Pop it in the oven for 30 minutes on gas mark 4. Check it at the end of this time, to see if there is any moisture. There shouldn't be any visible water, but it also should be beginning to brown, as this will come later with all the other ingredients.

Extend this cooking time if needed or if it has started to get colour, just add halfway through the cooking process.

Now for the granola assembly

Equipment

  • Baking sheets or silicone mats
  • Microwave and an oven
  • One large and one smaller bowl

The 'whatever is in the cupboard' Granola

- Author: A Zero Waste Life - Prep Time: 10 minutes - Cook time: 40 minutes - Total Time: 50 minutes - Yield: 1 litre - Dietary information: Vegan, Dairy Free, Gluten Free (use suitable oats) can be adapted to Sugar Free, dependant on the sweeteners - Category: Breakfast

Ingredients

  • 3 cups of oats. Old fashioned, flat oats work great for this. 
  • Approx. 1/2 cup of the leftover apple pulp (if you don't have this, increase the amount of sweetener you add in)
  • Approx. 1 cup of the now dried out almond meal (if you don't have this, sub for flaked or ground nuts)
  • 2tsp cinnamon
  • 2tbs maple syrup (or honey, agave syrup)
  • 1tbsp salt
  • 1 cup of mixed dried fruit. We just used what we had, which was dried cranberries and blueberries
  • Optional 1/2 cup of mixed nuts- basically, anything goes with this recipe, use the stuff you like.

Instructions

  1. Combine the oats, seeds, almond meal and mixed nuts, if using, in a large bowl
  2. Grab the smaller bowl. Mix the apple pulp with the cinnamon, 1tbsp maple syrup and salt. Once combined, zap it in the microwave for 2 minutes to combine completely
  3. Mix the spiced apple pulp into the granola. Make sure everything is covered by the applesauce. Drizzle over the final tbsp of maple syrup.
  4. Lay the granola out on your baking sheets, pat as flat as you can. Place into a gas mark 3/170°C/300ºF oven
  5. Check half way through and move the granola around to make sure it is evenly browned. Extend cooking time as needed.
  6. Allow to cool slightly and mix in the dried fruits
  7. Pour into a large jar, and marvel at how great it feels to have baked your own granola...
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Did you make this recipe?

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