I must sheepishly confess that this blog really has become an ‘inter-semester’ space. This semester was one of the most challenging and the thought of blogging was sadly displaced. Seeing that 2016 is drawing to a close (extremely quickly), it might be apt that writing be added to my the new year’s resolutions list.
As a peace-offering for neglecting this space, I propose a special recipe of sorts on the eve of beginning a three-week internship. Granola bakes are my go-to therapy when I find time in semester, but more so when the storm of law school has cleared and the holidays have arrived. There is something rewarding about the strengthening aroma and warmth as the timer ticks away on my beloved toaster oven and the droplets of granola crunch into gift boxes (if not a cereal bowl). Essentially, #granolaislife.
Behold my favourite and tested granola recipe, which is an east meets west combination that could warm the soul in the winter or awaken the senses on a summer morning with its kick of ginger.
As of late I’ve been trialling a new go-to recipe with a coconut oil base (see below), which has proved successful. With granola, the combinations are endless once you have worked out the optimal proportions of sweetener and oil (a subjective assessment of course!).
I hope you enjoy this lil’ combination.
Apple & Ginger Gula Melaka Granola
Rolled/Quick Cook Oats
Gula Melaka Syrup
Large Apple – Finely Sliced
Ginger – Finely Sliced or Chopped into Small Pieces
Optional: Cashew Nuts (crushed)
- Mix the wet and dry ingredients together well
- Spread the Granola Mix out on baking paper – try not to have too thick a layer or else the apples and ginger will take a long time to dehydrate
- Bake at 125oC (fan-forced) or 160 oC (conventional) for 1hr or until crisp
Note: Toss the Granola Mix every 10 minutes or so to ensure an even baking process
ENJOY with any of these variations
- Mix with Plain Rolled Oats
- On top of Overnight Oats for an added crunch!
- (Overnight Oats = Rolled Oats soaked in Apple Juice & Milk)
- Add fresh coconut
- Soy/Almond Milk
- Sliced Banana