Mine is getting stuck in a hotel room with nothing to eat except chips and bad chocolate. Which is why I always pack a bunch of granola bars and some nuts. Except this time I had a look at the list of ingredients and was super shocked at what goes into that granola bar. Just think of all that sugar and chemicals.
So I'm packing my own granola this time round. The recipe was inspired by smitten kitchen, but I've managed to change it beyond recognition. For one, I made granola not bars. And two, I made it on stovetop rather than switch on my oven.
But the basics remain the same. Mix a cup of rolled oats with 1/2 cup chopped almonds (I whizzed my almonds in the blender rather than chop them). Heat a non stick pan and add the oats-almond mix. Roast on a medium-low heat, stirring constantly until lightly toasted. Be very careful and take the pan off immediately if they start to brown. Mix in 1/4 cup of ground flax seeds. Now pour in 1/3 cup honey and mix well.
Add 1/2 cup dried fruits of your choice. I used golden raisins and dried black grapes, but anything you fancy works. Line a tray with waxed paper and pour the granola in. Cover with another sheet of waxed paper and let cool. Break up into chunks and pack into an airtight container.
Now I'm ready to face that hotel room. See you after a week.