Freekeh, Chestnut & Quinoa Granola
“This is a crunchy, chewy, golden and glorious way to start your day. Make sure you’ve always got a jar of this granola handy then alongside yoghurt and fruit you’ve got a beautiful bowlful for your table, or a portable pot to take to work or school. This recipe with the freekeh is new, as I’ve done a great many versions of the granola with all sorts of grains. It looks so pretty layered with different fruit; you can brighten up the winter with tropical fruit or citrus, celebrate the spring with rhubarb and blaze into summer with berries. The granola can be made at least 2 weeks ahead. Store in an airtight container.“
By Alex Mackay
Suitable for dairy-free, vegans and vegetarians
For the Granola
- 1 x 250g pouch Merchant Gourmet Simply Cooked Freekeh
- 1 x 180g pouch Merchant Gourmet Chestnuts, thinly sliced
- 150g walnuts, quartered
- 225ml Maple syrup
- Zest of 2 grapefruit (squeeze and drink the juice with your breakfast)
- 3 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 x 250g pouch Merchant Gourmet Simply Cooked red & White Quinoa
- 50g chia seeds
- 50g linseeds
- 50g of the granola mix
- 150g per portion of live bio yogurt or almond yogurt for a vegan option
- 100g per portion of your favourite fruit, I like this with berries mixed with berry smoothie, or tropical fruit mixed with mango and passionfruit smoothie or mixed citrus fruit
- Pre-Heat your oven to 170c / Rack Position Middle Shelf
- Get a baking sheet with low sides just large enough to hold everything. (The low sides are important, if you use a deep tray, this impacts the cooking time enormously.) Put the freekeh, quinoa, sliced chestnuts and quartered walnuts on top. Add the maple syrup and vanilla extract. Mix everything together thoroughly. Spread the mixture thinly and evenly over the baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes. Stir the mixture twice during this time so it doesn’t burn around the edges.
- Take the tray out of the oven. Turn the heat down to 150c. Add the chia and linseeds to the granola. Grate the grapefruit zest over the top. Mix thoroughly. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden. Check and stir frequently.
- Take the granola out of the oven. Cool completely and stir to break it up from time to time as it does, the granola will harden as it cools. Store in an airtight container.
- To serve, spoon your fruit into bowls, glasses or pots. Spoon the yoghurt alongside or on top. Just before serving, sprinkle the granola over the yoghurt.
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