Dr. James' Gran 'Ula' !
'Granula' was invented in Dansville, New York, by Dr. James Caleb Jackson in 1863 to compliment the mineral-spring treatments at his sanatorium. It was essentially graham flour, a whole wheat flour, baked into brittle cakes, crumbled, baked again and then soaked overnight in milk.
It wasn't long before Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, another sanatorium owner and founder of the cereal empire, created his own version. Slightly different to Jackson's version in that it combined wheat flour, oatmeal and cornmeal into a mixture, he also called it granula. Jackson sued and Kellogg renamed his cereal 'Granola'. Ever heard of Jackson's Granula? Nope? Didn't think so.
The cereal was revived in the 1960s with fruit and nuts being added to the mix. Some granola's you can buy today aren't as healthy as the originals were invented to be, with many loaded with sugar, fats and fillers. The Gents like to be a little healthy sometimes and thought, why not make our own? You know exactly what is going into it and can tailor it to your tastes.
For our base we used Patrick and Russell's (a.k.a the GastroGays) recipe. They use orange juice and honey to sweeten the oats, seeds and nuts before baking (bake in stages, turning regularly to get an even bake). We opted for a mixture of nuts - brazil, hazelnuts, walnut and almonds, mixed with sunflower and pumpkin seeds. The dried fruit is added afterwards to ensure it doesn't burn during baking and we chose chopped banana chips and semi-dried figs with a good handful of desiccated coconut stirred through our cooled mix.
It's great served with some natural yoghurt and some fresh fruit and, if you're worried you've been too healthy by going homemade then how about a little extra drizzle of honey!