the crunchiest sourdough granola

Sourdough… granola? Before you go back and read that again, no I didn’t make a typo. This is The Crunchiest Sourdough Granola and it’s one of my absolute favourite granola recipes ever! This recipe is everything you could want – we’re talking aromatic vanilla, sweet brown sugar, cosy cinnamon, and you can’t forget the pecans. I love this granola, my sister loves this granola (just don’t tell her its sourdough), and I’m sure you’re going to love this granola too.

I’m very much a breakfast food person. Give me breakfast for all meals of the day, any day. You just have to know how to switch it up a bit and then it never gets boring. My Crunchy Sourdough Granola is the best way to do that. I know sourdough granola is not a ‘conventional’ recipe but trust me… it’s bomb! Now, unlike all the other ‘sourdough’ things you can buy in the supermarkets nowadays, I’m not using it here as a buzzword. This recipe is not particularly healthy, and it’s not really ‘better for you’ than a regular granola recipe would be.

BUT it is far more delicious. I honestly created this recipe on a whim one day when I’d fed my sourdough starter and realised I didn’t have enough flour to bake a loaf of bread. Not wanting to waste all that bubbly, sourdough goodness, I just chucked it in a bowl along with some oats and other yummy granola ingredients and HEY PRESTO! Sometimes you just end up with an absolute gem of a recipe without much hassle (although this is very rare – usually I’ll have to test a recipe several times before it comes out tasting right).

For this recipe you’re going to need your everyday oats. In this recipe I’m using organic porridge oats because that’s what I had in the cupboard. You could also use steel cut, rolled, or jumbo oats if you wanted. It depends on how crunchy you like your granola. You’re also going to need some bubbly, active sourdough starter, fed with white flour – you could use rye or wholemeal flour to feed your starter but I found that it makes the granola taste kind of cheesy… not very pleasant with your yoghurt and fruits :(((((((

Once your starter has risen nicely, it’s really a matter of shoving everything into a bowl, giving it a good stir, and baking it until golden brown and fragrantly delicious. You can add any extras that you want. I’m using a mixture of almonds, pecans, hazelnuts, and pumpkin seeds, but you could use any nuts, seeds, or fruits that you wanted. Just bare in mind that any dried fruits may char and turn bitter if baked for too long. Now, let’s get into the recipe!

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the crunchiest sourdough granola

Ingredients

  • 2 cups oats of choice (I’m using organic porridge oats)
  • ½ cup coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup bubbly sourdough starter
  • ¼ cup sunflower oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup nuts of choice (I’m using almonds, pecans, and hazelnuts)
  • 3 tbsp seeds of choice (I’m using pumpkin seeds)

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 140C and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, sugar, and cinnamon together. Add in the rest of the ingredients (except for the nuts, seeds, and fruits) and stir until everything is fully combined.
  3. Chop the nuts and add them to the bowl along with your seeds/fruits of choice. Fold everything in with a spoon until all your chosen ingredients are evenly distributed.
  4. Transfer the granola to the prepared baking tray, flatten with a spatula so that it lays evenly on the tray, and bake for 50-60 minutes. Keep a close eye out for burning, and turn the tray around in the oven after 25-30 minutes for a more even bake.
  5. Once golden brown, smelling delicious, and crisp in the middle, remove the granola from the oven and leave to cool completely. Once cooled, break or smash apart into clusters and store in an airtight container for up to 1 month.

My favourite way to enjoy this Crunchy Sourdough Granola is the top it onto dairy-free yoghurt and seasonal fruits (or if I’m feeling lazy, just enjoy it as a cereal). I hope you love this recipe as much as I do. If you make this recipe, make sure you leave a like and a comment down below! I absolutely love hearing from you guys and you can be sure that I will try my best to get back to you soon! And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram @amongsttheflour I love seeing the photos of recipes you’ve all made! Happy Springtime and I wish you all a beautiful day!

Katherine x

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