As I settle into university once again, I know this term is going to be all kinds of crazy. With eight pieces of coursework due in April (with six being all due in the same week), I am going to be at best busy and at worst, drop out, live at home forever and own about 50 cats. That is why these first couple of weeks back are precious, so I plan on utilising my time by making a few tried and tested staples, that will last for weeks.
This granola dust recipe is exactly that; a tried and tested staple that is so useful to have on hand. Not only is it healthy as it is packed full of dried nuts, oats and seeds, but it also satisfies those sweet cravings. I love pairing it with yoghurt, fresh berries and honey and sometimes I even put a teaspoon in my smoothie. As this recipe makes loads and it lasts for weeks, I don’t have to worry about running out when I am too busy with studying, and hopefully with all the goodness that is in there, it will give my brain a boost too!
This granola dust has been adapted from Jamie Olivers Cookbook ‘Everyday Superfood‘ and is a recipe that I have made time and time again. It’s a fantastic staple to have on hand, that can be used in all kinds of ways for example sprinkled on yoghurt, mixed into a smoothie or even sprinkled on those fancy pants acai bowls that you see on Instagram. It lasts for ages and the quantities listed below makes 1 large jar. Add whatever ingredients you have to hand, it’s extremely versatile and is a great way to use up and half opened packets of nuts, seeds and dried fruits!
- 500g rolled oats
- 125g nuts (any nuts will work, I used almonds and hazlenuts)
- 50g seeds (I used pumpkin and sunflower)
- 125g dried fruit (I used sultanas)
- 2 tbsp cacao powder
- Zest of 1 Orange
- 1 tsp coffee granules (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 180oc and line two large roasting tins with greaseproof paper
- Divide the oats, nuts and seeds between the roasting tins and bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes
- Meanwhile, place the dried fruit, cacao powder, orange zest and coffee granules (if using) into a large bowl
- Once the oats, nuts and seeds have roasted, carefully pour into the large bowl and combine thoroughly with the rest of the ingredients
- Once all the ingredients have been combined, in batches, blitz the mixture into a dust and pour into a jar.
- Will keep an airtight container for weeks.