Looking out my window right now I see clearly how autumn is just around the corner – the leaves softly started to change color, the winds have gone chilly and everywhere I look I see fruit-trees with so much fruit on them it looks like they are going to break at any second. I’m such an autumn-girl, I love when the air gets crisp and it’s socially acceptable to wear layers upon layers of cosy clothes. And the food, oh the comforting and homely stews and bakes and apple-pies. Count me in!
Just outside my kitchen window I have a flowerbed filled to the brim with red roses and lavender that have smelled incredible the whole summer but now have started to wither. I’ve looked at those lavenders all summer thinking of cooking something with them. My grandma made these scrumptious lavender cookies that was a pure joy to eat but no matter what recipe I try they are not even close and just showing lavender into a salad seemed a bit boring. It wasn’t until yesterday when I visited my mum and dad and saw their apricot tree completely covered in fruit I new what I wanted to do.
This granola was what popped up in my head and the result was pretty awesome if I may say so myself. The flowery and almost perfume-like flavors of the lavendel goes incredible well with the slightly tangy and chewy apricots, the sweet honey and the toasted oats with their nutty flavor. Today I ate it with some of those apricots from my parents garden and a dash of coconut-yoghurt.
2 cups rolled oats
2 tbs lavender (make sure they are safe to eat)
1 pinch of salt
Handful of dried apricots
2 tbs honey
6 tbs water
Lavender, apricot & honey stovetop granola
Slice the apricots into smaller chunks and set aside. In a pan on a low-medium heat toast the oats and lavendel while stirring constantly until they go golden and fragrant. This should take about 5-6 minutes. Take it out of the pan and set aside.
In the same pan, add the water, honey and salt and cook it together for a minute. Add in the oats once more, stir to combine and cook until toasty and golden for a couple of more minutes. Tip the granola over to a baking paper and allow to cool down before adding in the dried apricots.