Homemade granola makes for a great breakfast or snack. It’s simple, delicious, takes about 10 minutes and is relatively cheap. I’m actually pretty shocked by the prices of granola in HK supermarkets. Granola bars run for $15HKD a bar and granola cereals are usually around $60HKD a box. Sad to say, they’re usually loaded with questionable ingredients.
My recipe is super easy and can be made with ingredients that’s probably already in your pantry. I prefer to bake small batches due to the humidity in HK but you can adjust the recipe to your liking. If your family doesn’t like cinnamon, just don’t add it. If you prefer more honey, go ahead.
Equipment: Bowl, spoon, baking try, oven
Ingredients you’ll need:
1 cup Oats (preferably whole oats but others work too)
1/2 cup Assorted chopped nuts or seeds
2 Tbsp oil (Olive, Peanut, Veg, etc)
Dash of Cinnamon
3 Tbsp Honey (or Maple syrup)
Optional: dried fruits (raisins, dried cranberries, apricots, etc)
1. Mix oil, cinnamon and honey; add oats-mix; add nuts-mix.
2. Pour mixture onto greased baking tray.
3. Bake for 5-7 minutes on 350°F or 175°C. Let cool. Enjoy!
4. Optional: when granola is cooled, mix in dried fruits
Shopping Tips for HK:
Buy the gold/yellow color Quaker oats-I buy the small pack and store it in my fridge. Steel cut oats are the best but can be pretty expensive. Our goal is to replace a typical highly processed breakfast with a healthier option, not to be perfect.
Buy cinnamon at Indonesian markets-so much cheaper ($5/pack). Actually, buy all your spices at Indo markets. Get your palm sugar there too!
Honey might be the most expensive item on the list. I would recommend raw organic unpasteurized honey or manuka honey but if it’s too expensive or hard to find, use whatever works for you. BBQ honey syrup is not honey. Julien’s Organic sells local HK honey at $110HKD a jar.
Walnuts, almonds and flaxeseeds go great with this recipe but if they’re too expensive, try pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, peanuts, or cashews.
You can buy sliced/chopped almonds for $12-20 a pack at Aeon (Topvalue brand). It’s usually hanging near the baked goods aisle.
Flaxseeds can be a rip off in HK, I bought a bag at Aeon for ~$25 but I’ve seen prices as high as $70. Check the dried beans section.
What’s your favorite way to eat granola? Do you have a granola recipe you swear by?