Sunday, 10 August 2008

Homemade chocolate granola


My Eco Self is in the middle of a cooking extravaganza. Since 6pm last night I've made mushrooms with mozzarella and thyme, hassleback potatoes, chickpea salad with lemon, and the chocolate granola above - my personal favourite. It is delicious. I took all of the recipes off the Orangette blog, my new obsession. I was even reading it keenly at 12.3oam this morning.
In a rare period of productivity, I also painted three walls of my living room, wrote an article, went out to meet a friend, and had a brilliant idea. It is a friend's birthday on Tuesday and I am uninspired as to what to get her - but I've decided to make this granola again and send it to her as a homemade gift. I hope she likes it. I also owe a friend a wedding present from a year and a half ago (she insisted on no presents, and was very firm about it - I'm not that negligent) so am thinking of baking something for her once a month for the next 12 months. But I must be careful not to make any huge promises, as I am sometimes not flawless in my follow-through...still, a brilliant idea nonetheless.

4 comments:

Mrs Green said...

OH good lord; surely granola isn't meant to look that good! I've just been pouring over the recipe myself - what a great blog that orangey one is; thanks for sharing it here. And I think your idea of a gift once a month for a year is just awesome - really inspirational..........

My Eco Self said...

it tastes even better than it looks! If a little sweet - I might reduce the amount of sugar next time.

Mrs Green said...

yes, it sounds way too sweet for me too. I would cut the sugar altogether AND halve the honey / syrup - I don't have a sweet tooth at all.

My daughter would lap it up though; the more sugar the better :D

My Eco Self said...

I think it needs the honey to make it 'stick' but it also has dessicated coconut in it which helps the sweetness. I also think it would taste yummy without the chocolate, but with fresh raspberries. I'm going to try a different recipe next week - check back then!