And so this is Christmas... this year I gave a couple of friends a really unexpected gift, ie a tiny jar of homemade granola. Common as it may be to Americans, in Italy granola is almost unknown, so it is quite an exotic gift. Below you can find my own version of the recipe, as I don't know the original one.
quick cooking oat flakes (small flakes): 200 gr
almonds (coursely chopped and toasted): 80 gr
unsalted butter: 30 gr
almond butter: 1 spoonful
rice malt syrup: 2 spoonfuls
a few pinces of cinnamon powder
Preheat the oven at 180°.
In a large bowl mix oats, almonds and cinnamon.
In a small sauce pan combine butter, almond butter and rice malt syrup.
Stir and bring to boil over medium-low heat. Let it simmer for 1-2 minutes or until all the butter and syrup are melted.
Remove from the heat. Pour the hot, liquid mixture over the oats mixture. Mix well. Spread the granola on a baking tray covered with baking sheet.
Bake for 15 mins or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and let it cool completely.