I Swoon for Granola

October 27, 2010

I heart granola. I heart everything about it. I delight in thinking up new flavour combinations, I simply love creating and baking it, and I absolutely adore eating it. Sprinkled over yoghurt, piled in a bowl with fresh fruit and milk, or thrown into a muffin for a delicious crunch – I heart it each and every way. But this is old news, really. What is new, is the granola recipe I tried yesterday. Be still my hungry heart…this is no ordinary granola. This granola will make you swoon.

I saw the recipe on Hannah’s brilliant blog, Wayfaring Chocolate, a little while ago, and knew that she had created something special. Hannah is a granola rock star, and is pretty much one of the coolest people in the world. She describes this granola as ‘The Tall Dark and Handsome Granola of Your Dreams’, and boy is she right.

When I baked this granola the heavenly, spiced aroma left me intoxicated and positively giddy. And when I ate it, I swooned like I’ve never swooned before. There was simply so much to love. The cardamom was strikingly handsome, the fig was sweetly gallant and the molasses was rich and confident. It was generously flavoured yet not arrogant. Wholesome, yet a little indulgent. See…Hannah is right, this really is the man, woops!, granola of your dreams 😉

Spiced Fig, Pepita and Molasses Granola (or The Tall Dark and Handsome Granola of Your Dreams)
Recipe link

How can one handle so much perfection? Personally, I like to eat it at regular intervals in many different ways. Maybe that’s just me. Perhaps you can try it yourself and let me know 🙂

Heidi xo

Note: Beware that this recipe produces a granola with a prominent cardamom flavour, so if you dislike this spice then it may not be the recipe for you. Also, don’t worry if you find the molasses mixture a bit tough to mix through the oats. Just persist and it will combine nicely.

I doubled the recipe, as Hannah suggested – mum and dad, a container of this is coming your way tomorrow! I altered the recipe slightly according to my tastes and what ingredients I had on hand. I added a ¼ cup extra pepitas, ½ an extra teaspoon of cinnamon, and a full cup of chopped figs – just because I love these ingredients so much. I also used vanilla extract as I didn’t have any almond extract. Next time I must remember to buy some, as I would love to try it with the almond flavour.

As a suggestion, I find it especially delicious with soy milk!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) October 27, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    *sigh* this really does look like perfection in a bowl! Although you (and Hannah!) had me at figs 🙂

  • Chanel11 October 27, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    Man what an awesome combo of flavours!

  • Hannah October 27, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    Oh Heidi… I actually got a bit ridiculously emotional reading this. Thank you for the lovely, lovely compliment on this not-so-super-feeling day of mine 🙂

    I'm also tremendously thrilled that you loved this as much as I do! I was worried, posting it, that the flavours might be too strong for some… thankfully there are others out there, like me, with an eye for tall dark and handsome men! Ooops, I mean granola 😛

  • Heidi - Apples Under My Bed October 27, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    Lisa – it is perfection in a bowl 🙂 and how good are figs!

    Chanel11 – I know, right? Pure awesomeness.

    Hannah – hehe, indeed 😉 Thank YOU, lovely! It rocked my socks. I hope it made you feel a bit brighter 🙂

    Heidi xo

  • T. October 27, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    OOH, looks delicious! I'll have to try the recipe!

  • Leah October 27, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    You have managed to put together another bowl of delicious goodness, that has me drooling at my desk again…

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella October 27, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    I remember Hannah's post and thought that it sounded delish! I haven't made granola in ages though-I'll buy some figs and hide them from hubby I think! 😉

  • Angela (the diet book junkie) October 27, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    i heart granola. anything cereal related, actually. (seriously fell in love with muesli when i came over here.) where, pray tell, did you find molasses? i'd been looking for it everywhere! 🙂

  • Heidi October 27, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    Angela, I bought it just at Coles! In the health food section. I think my coles is pretty good though, with stocking nice, fancy things like brown rice syrup. But I would have thought it would be near the golden syrups in most supermarkets? Hope that helps! xo

  • Michelle Chin October 28, 2010 at 9:53 am

    Figs! I love figs. *watery eyes* And cardamon too! My chai tea blend has lots of cardamon in it. 🙂

  • Anna Johnston October 28, 2010 at 10:26 am

    Getting a little bit worried about you granola lovers 😉 So glad you & Hannah have such a hot n heavy granola loving affair going on…., too funny.

  • Indie.Tea October 28, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    I prefer eating my granola with yogurt rather than as a cereal, but I'm sure its delicious either way. Figgy granola with yogurt sounds heavenly right now…

  • Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear October 29, 2010 at 3:25 am

    I love seeing granola in other blogs,especially bars, too bad I'm a bit too intimidated to make my own. Maybe I should try this weekend?

  • Heidi October 29, 2010 at 7:08 am

    Anne – do try it, it is so easy and super fun. You can mix up the ingredients and make it your own!
    Heidi xo

  • baking.serendipity October 29, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    I love granola and soy milk too! This looks like an awesome recipe…glad to have found your blog 🙂

  • laurak October 29, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    This looks absolutely delicious! I myself am slightly obsessed with adding ginger to everything I cook, so would love to try the recipe with mammoth amounts of ginger added.. I think it would pair well with the figs!
    I also think a lot of cereals work better with soy milk, probably because of the nutty flavour!
    🙂 Laura

  • The InTolerant Chef October 29, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    I heart molassas and cardamom too! yummy yum yum!

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