Granola is the ultimate go-to breakfast food, but here in Bali it’s so damn expensive! We’re talking like anywhere from $10 to $25 just for a bag of pre-made granola at most grocery stores, which is pretty insane if you ask me. The solution? Make your own granola at home for a fraction of the price, plus the added bonus of being able to throw all your favourite bites into the mix.
This version features toasted coconut and cashews for a tropical twist, and uses olive oil instead of butter and maple syrup instead of refined sugar for a healthy kick. Maybe it’s the Canadian in me, but I’m all about the maple syrup lately, as I love the flavour it brings to the table and the fact that it adds sweetness without the full-on sugar.
Just a note on the preparation—there were a few times during the testing period that I burnt the crap out of the granola. Maybe it’s because I’m using a toaster oven (don’t judge me—how many people do you know living in the tropics who actually have a real oven?), so if you’re also using a small oven, I suggest using a slightly lower temperature and checking on the granola often to make sure it doesn’t turn into a blackened mess.
Feel free to use this recipe as a base and then customise it to your tastes with anything from dried fruit to chia seeds, chocolate and more. If you do amp it up with your own flavours, we’d love to hear all about your flavour combos. Leave a comment below or drop us an email at hello@ubudgourmet.