The best Granola is always Homemade, this is a recipe I have been perfecting for years. Fondly named "Crackola" because of how addictive it is, once you start making this you'll find yourself hiding it from friends and loved ones. It really is a simple recipe, everything goes into a single bowl to be mixed before baking in the oven, give it a try I promise you won't be disappointed.
2 orange (zest)
1/2 cup pepitas
100g dried cranberries
100g dried pitted dates
1 cups rolled oats
1 cup almond meal
1 cup desiccated coconut
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
2 tsp Cinnamon
preheat the oven to 170 degrees C (335 F)
in a food processor chop the nuts, its best to have them in all different sizes to add texture to your granola. Parts will turn to meal, others into nut chunks, with a few almost still whole.
hand cut the pitted dates in to halves or thirds depending on your preference.
add nuts, dried fruit into a large bowl along with all the other dry ingredients and mix.
zest 2 oranges and add to the mixture.
add coconut oil and honey, mix the ingredients thoroughly
evenly spread the ingredients out onto 2 baking trays lined with baking paper, flatten the ingredients with a spatula or wooden spoon.
bake for 10 minutes, remove and mix the ingredients with a wooden spoon, allowing all the mixture to get a good browning.
bake for another 8 minutes before removing to cool.
whilst cooling scrunch together some of the granola helping it to create clusters.
once completely cooled move to an airtight container.
I prefer to serve this with yoghurt, and either blueberries or strawberries, but that being said I find myself snacking on it throughout the day. You really want a simple yoghurt to pair with this, my go to is the Honey Yoghurt from Yoghurt Room (a stall at Orange Grove Markets in Sydney), my back up is Cocobella's natural coconut yoghurt (found at most supermarkets in Australia).
Note: try using different types of honeys, in particular non supermarket varieties. You'll be surprised what a difference a unique honey can make, personally I like a dark honey, have a play around and see what you like best.