It is difficult to find the perfect granola, there is always something in the boxed ones that I don’t like, either is too many raisins or sunflower seeds or too little almonds or pistachios. That is why I prefer to do my own.

This recipe is a white canvas, you just need to cover the basics and then you can substitute all the other ingredients for the ones you like, just make sure you follow the quantities.

The basic ingredients:

  • 125 ml apple juice
  • 75 ml honey
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 250 grams rolled oats
  • Pinch fine sea salt

The ingredients you can mix around, this is the list of the ones I’m using:

  • 80 grams almonds
  • 60 grams golden sultanas
  • 60 grams dried cranberries
  • 30 grams sesame seeds

Preheat your oven to 150 °C (302 °F). Cover a 14 inch size baking tray with silicone parchment paper (you can also use regular parchment paper).

In a large measuring jug mix the juice, honey, tahini (or oil), vanilla, and salt. In a large bowl mix the oats, almonds, sultanas, cranberries and sesame seeds. Pour the juice mix over the nuts and dried fruit mix and toss until everything looks evenly distributed.

Spread it in one even layer over the tray and bake for around 45 minutes, stirring the mix occasionally every 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and let it cool, don’t worry if it doesn’t look completely dry, it will dry up when is cold, right now you just want everything to look evenly golden. Once is cold break into your preferred size chunks and store in an airtight container, it will keep for a couple of weeks. This recipe makes 5 cups of loose granola, but it depends on how big you break your chunks.