I had a very ripe pear that I wanted to use up and didn’t want to just make something like a muffin or cake with it. I’ve seen a few recipes about homemade granola and have kept them as a recipe to try one day. So there! It would be a great way to use up all the cereal leftover bits that sink at the bottom of cereal packs.
With the pear reduced to a puree, mixed with orange juice, then thickened to a syrup, this made a nice tangy crunchy granola. It smelled so good while baking! I had it with some warm homemade soy custard on this cold frosty Wednesday morning.
Ingredients (3 – 4 servings)
½ cup orange juice (squeezed from 1 orange)
½ cup pear puree (from 1 pear)
1 tablespoon vegan margarine (I wonder whether this was really important!)
5 tablespoon soft brown sugar
10-12 pitted dates, chopped
¼ orange peel, finely chopped
1 cup cereal leftovers (optional, or just add 1 more cup rolled oats)
2 cups rolled oats
2 tablespoons desiccated coconut
1 tablespoon carob/chocolate chips (optional)
- Mix the orange peel with 1 tablespoon sugar and a few drops of water. Leave this to marinade.
- Pour orange juice and pear puree in a saucepan.
- Add in remaining 4 tablespoons sugar and margarine.
- Bring to a syrup.
- Stir in dates.
- Remove and allow to cool a little.
- Preheat oven at 170 degrees Celsius.
- In a big bowl, mix in cereal dust, rolled oats, desiccated coconut and carob chips.
- Add in the syrup and mix well.
- Make sure everything is well coated with this mixture. (I used my hand).
- Lay on a greased baking tray. Sprinkle with the orange peel. (Lightly mix if you want).
- Bake for 30 minutes.
- Remove and scrape off.
- Allow to cool before storing in an air-tight container.