April’s Tip: Granola

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Weighing In with Chef Sam will feature short tips on different skills, techniques and tools that can be used when in the kitchen while either working on sweet or savory creations.

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One of the things I like making the most is my own granola. Even though it may look super complicated because of the number of ingredients it can include, it is actually extremely easy to make. What I like the most about making my own granola, is that I can customize it to suit whatever flavour profile I am craving at the moment.

Granola generally involves the combination of some sort of grain (most often oats), an oil, sweetener (usually liquid), and any other additive you want to include like, dried fruits, nuts, seeds, chocolate chips, etc.

I had some hemp ingredients that I wanted to try out so I decided to make my granola with oats, coconut, almond slices and hemp seeds, honey and hemp oil.

Granola Ingredients

Here’s a tip, I find quick cooking oats work the best as the granola doesn’t take much time to bake. This way you will get a tender oat texture once your granola is finished.

Once you decide what you want to include in your granola, mix it, place it on a sheet tray and bake it in the oven. It’s done as soon as you get the slightest whiff of it and it turns a golden brown.

Granola 2

And that’s it! Your own homemade granola.

For those of you who want to take it a bit further, try incorporating your newly created granola into another recipe. I decided to create my own cookie, and it turned out great. Give it a try and let us know how things turn out.

Oatmeal Granola Cookies

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