Recipe: Kitchen Sink Granola
Updated: Jan 20
This recipe is my go-to for a delicious and satisfying weekday breakfast. You can easily mix-and-match different ingredients, depending on your budget and what you most enjoy.
I call it my 'kitchen sink' recipe because I like to chuck in a ton of my favourite ingredients for a good variety of flavours, textures and nutrients.
I make up a huge batch (55 serves!) to save on time and money. You can of course, make smaller batches if you prefer.
Packed with nutrients, this granola provides protein, B vitamins, vitamin E, phosphorus, zinc and healthy fats, and it's rich in iron, magnesium and dietary fibre. Also, it doesn't come with loads of highly refined filler ingredients and additives that you may find in store bought breakfast cereals.
It's cheaper than the supermarket stuff too, coming in at 58c per serve compared to the supermarket brands ranging from 66c to $2.60 per serve*.
What’s not to love!
2kg wholegrain oats
1 ½ cups nuts e.g. peanuts, almonds, cashews, pecans
1 ½ cups seeds e.g. sunflower, pumpkin
2 Tbsp cinnamon
1 cup apple juice
2 Tbsp natural vanilla essence
3 Tbsp syrup e.g. golden, maple, agave, honey
2 Tbsp oil - light tasting e.g. rice bran, canola
1 cup shredded coconut
2 cups dried fruit e.g. sultanas, raisins, cranberries, apple, apricot
¾ cup dark chocolate bits
1. Preheat oven to 170°C (160°C fan forced)
2. Put oats in two very large bowls. Add nuts, seeds and cinnamon and mix well.
3. Add vanilla essence to a cup of apple juice and pour evenly over the two bowls of oat mix, along with the oil and syrup. Mix well - get your hands in there if you need to, to make sure the mix is nicely coated.
4. Cook oats in batches. I use two trays in the oven at a time, with the oat mixture about 1-2cm deep.
5. Toss the mixture around every eight minutes or so to ensure even cooking.
6. After a couple of eight minute rounds, add in the shredded coconut to the oat mix to get lightly toasted.
7. When the whole mix is a lovely light golden colour, remove from the oven and put in large bowls to cool. Add in your dried fruit.
8. Once your full recipe has been cooked and left to cool completely, you can add in your choc bits.
9. Serve with milk or Greek yoghurt and your favourite fruit and enjoy!
Per ½ cup (60g) serve*
Energy 950kJ (227kcal)
- of which saturated 2.2g
- of which sugars 7g
Dietary Fibre 5.1g
*Based on granola made with peanuts, almonds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, apple chips, sultanas, dried cranberries, shredded coconut and dark choc chips.
Prices quoted are per 60g serve size, taken from the Countdown website 12.09.21.