I love going to Artigiano’s or Glass City Cafe which are both in my building at work. They serve gourmet yoghurt with granola.

Well, I decided since I create homemade yoghurt, why not homemade granola too?

All the ingredients can be found at Galloways. It’s my absolute favorite specialty food store. My dad, who resides in India, even told me to go there when I visited him earlier this year (2010). You can imagine how much Galloways resonated in his mind, after having been out of Vancouver for over 9 years. He still remembered Galloways and insisted I shop there for a healthy lifestyle.

The location I go to is at 702 6th Avenue, New Westminster. This is most convenient for me, as I live in New Westminster. It’s not listed on the Galloways Food website, as this particular location has a different ownership. I assure you the New Westminster location is still there, and such a lovely & friendly staff. I’ll definitely pay a visit to the other locations when I’m in the neighbourhood, and highly suggest anybody reading this make Galloways a staple on your grocery shopping list.

– Rolled oats, 2 cups
– Sunflower seeds, raw, 1/2 cup
– Pumpkin seeds, raw, 1/2 cup
– Dried Raisins, 1/2 cup
– Dried Cranberries, 1/2 cup
– Cinnamon, 1 teaspoon
– Salt, 1/4 teaspoon
– Canola Oil, 2 tablespoons
– Maple Syrup (Pure Grade A Dark Amber, the good stuff), 1/2 cup
– Optional: Warm Water, 1/2 cup
– Optional: Nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon
– Optional: Your choice of dried fruit & mixed nuts/seeds

– medium to large mixing bowl
– small bowl
– baking sheet
– parchment paper

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
Line the baking sheet with parchment paper.
Place the oats, raw seeds, cinnamon, salt in to mixing bowl.
In a separate small bowl, stir together maple syrup and oil.
Pour liquid mixture over the dry ingredients. Toss everything together so that the ingredients are well coated by the liquid.
Place mixture on to parchment paper.

Bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes. The longer you bake, the toastier and crispier it will be. I tried baking for 45 minutes, and found it too crispy, borderline burnt (don’t know if borderline burnt is possible, but it exists I tell ya!).

Remove from the oven and let it cool down. If there are any large clumps of granola, break it down immediately, before it cools. Once cooled, add raisins and cranberries to the mixture.

Serve with your homemade yoghurt!

Homemade Granola COMPLETE!