Hello Lovelies, are you already making your own granola? We are making it since some time now and I love to experiment with different ingredients and textures. You can find my recipe for chocolate granola here. So this time I wanted to create an autumn inspired granola and what would be more suitable than chestnuts. I love the chestnut dessert they serve here in Switzerland so much, made with chestnut puree, so I added it to the granola.
And there was another thing I wanted to achieve with this recipe, I wanted to create really big chunks in the Granola. Because let's be real, these chunky pieces are always the first ones that you want to eat when opening a box. And the granola is also perfect for a snack or to go if it has a chunky texture, almost like granola bites. So the secret to get a chunky granola is to bake it in a baking dish and to let it cool off completely before removing it. It will get extra crispy with the second baking, but this is only optional, its already delicious without that step.
So here is the recipe:
- 2 cups oats
- 1 cup nuts pecan or walnuts, or half/half
- 1 cup mixed seeds sunflower, pumpkin, buckwheat, flax or chia, as you like
- 3 TBSP almond or coconut flour
- 2 pinches of salt
- 175 gr. chestnut puree
- 2 TBSP coconut oil
- 2 TBSP maple syrup
- some vanilla
- chocolate cubes if you like
- 2 TBSP cranberries or raisins
- 1 TSP cinnamon optional
- Mix all dry ingredients, and add seeds and nuts you like or you have at home.
- Ad coconut oil, chestnut puree and maple syrup to a pan and heat until everything is dissolved and a smooth mix
- Pour obvier the dry ingredients and mix until everything is covered
- Add to a baking dish and press firmly
- Bake for 20-30 minutes at 150 degree
- Let cool down in the baking dish
- Release from the dish (best in one piece) and then break in pieces
- You can bake it again for 10 minutes at 150 degree (just keep an eye on it)
- Let cool completely before adding it to a jar or similar
I actually couldn't enjoy the real big chunky pieces that long, since these have been the ones, that miraculous disappeared from my set first - so the granola is kids approved as well :-). You can totally vary with the ingredients or just use up what you have at home, thats the best thing about mixing your own granola.
What is your favorite Granola - homemade or store bought? And how do you like to eat it - classical with milk, or topped on a Smoothie bowl? I would love if you try my recipe and please don't forget to let me know if you do!
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