Whilst I was travelling to Greece this summer & doing my regular food shopping to bring home (olive oil, jams, honey, dried fruit…), I was inspired to find ingredients that would make a Greek style granola. Indeed I am also big fan of granola and I have been making my own (and as food presents) for a few years now. This batch is perfect with Greek yogurt and a drizzle of honey of course!
So here is the recipe together with a few images of my journey throughout some of the Cyclades Islands (Amorgos, Naxos and Paros but not Crete this year). I wish images could carry the smells of the Aegean country side…
Greek style granola
Prep time: 10 min / Baking time: 20-30 min
3 cups oats
50g sesame seeds
50g pumpkin seeds
50g sunflower seeds
3-4 dried figs thinly chopped
100g golden raisins
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup thyme honey
1 Tbsp. carob syrup
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. sea salt
Preheat the oven at 180 °C /350 °F.
Melt the honey with olive oil and carob syrup in a sauce pan over medium heat. Pour over all the other ingredients in a big mixing bowl except for the dried fruit. Mix well to coat.
Spread the mixture in a oven tray lined with baking paper and press it firmly with the back of a spatula to ensure the mixture is compact. Bake the granola for 20-30 min (depending on your oven), until the mixture is light brown and dry. Allow the granola to cool at room temperature without stirring. When completely cooled, break into chunks, fill a glass jar and add the dried fruit.
Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 month.
More images and a Greek dessert recipe in a next post. Stay tuned!