Do you remember the time I introduced you to that which makes my heart flutter? Surely you do. I’m talking about the tall, dark, and handsome granola of your dreams: my Spiced Fig, Pepita, and Molasses Granola. (You can find that recipe here.)
Today’s granola is a bit different. Today’s granola is more like your best friend.
Like the boy in kindergarten, who got mad at you for choosing to be an angel in the school Christmas play rather than one of the Three Wise Men with him.
Or the girl throughout primary school, with whom you spent three afternoons a week, had sleepovers with almost every Friday, and who let you be bossy most of the time so long as she got to voice the female (not male, ‘cause, well, cooties) Barbies in all of your games.
Or the girl in Grade 8, who picked up the heart-shaped rock you’d found then thrown away, promising she’d give it back to you when you fell in love, and who, two years later, handed you the rock in a little box when a boy took you on your first date. (Truly, she should have kept that rock a little longer. That romance lasted… not very long. Actually, she should probably still have the blimmin’ rock.)
Ultimately, that’s why this granola is like a best friend. It’s sweet without being cloying, good for you even when you don’t realise it (…that would be the prunes), a little bit nutty to keep things fun, perfect on its own or in a group (with yoghurt, ice cream, or fruit) and, lastly, it spices things up.
So, go on. Make a new friend.
Maple Almond Cranberry Best Friend Granola
Adapted from this recipe at Two Peas and Their Pod
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1/2 cup slivered almonds
- 1/4 cup “Gentle Fibre Mix” (this is a mix of oatbran, linseeds, psyllium husks and psyllium seeds, from Woolworths)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- 1/3 tsp ground allspice
- 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
- 2 tb canola oil
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 3/4 cup prunes, chopped
- 1/4 cup craisins
- Preheat the oven to 150°C (300°F). In a large bowl, mix together the oats, almonds, fibre mix, and spices.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, canola oil, and vanilla. Pour over the dry ingredients and mix well.
- Spread the mixture out on a lightly oiled baking sheet or tray. Bake for about 15 minutes, stirring halfway through.
- Add the prunes and craisins and bake for another 8-10 minutes. Allow to cool, during which time the granola will crisp up even more. Of course, I can hardly blame you if you choose to nibble some of this granola while it’s still hot. After all, you wouldn’t want to let your best friend feel unappreciated, right?
Question Time: What memories do you have of your childhood best friend/s?