Chios Island Granola
This granola is nothing like the others you have tasted. What makes it unique is the mastic, also known as the tears of Chios. It is a resin excreted by the mastic trees on the island of Chios and those trees can only produce that expensive spice on the Greek island. Efforts have been made to produce mastic in other parts of the world and have failed.
- 4 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup pine nuts
- 1/4 cup pepitas
- 2 tbs chia seeds
- 30 ml extra virgin olive oil
- 30 ml honey
- 60 ml mastic in the cream form, can be found on Greek specialty shops
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground cloves
- Preheat oven to 180C and line a large and deep baking dish with baking paper.
- In a heavy based sauce pan add the olive oil, honey, mastic cream and bring to boil over medium low heat. You want to melt the thick mastic cream and incorporated all the ingredients together. Mixture should be runny to pour easily.
- In a large bowl mix together the oats, spices and the seeds. Pour over the mastic and honey mixture. Mix well with a large spoon.
- Pour oats in your prepared dish and bake until golden. Every 20 minutes stir the oat mixture so it gets golden all over. Store in an airtight container and enjoy with fruit over yogurt or with milk.