Have you ever made homemade yoghurt? I had not until recently, when Hansells sent me their yoghurt maker to try out. Turns out it is extremely easy – child’s play in fact. Which may be why both my children insisted in appearing in our little how-to video – a bit surprising if you consider just how shy Sam normally is. Scroll down to the bottom of the post to have a look (or subscribe the blog’s YouTube channel).
Once you have the Hansells maker and have selected one of their yoghurts, all you need to do is mix with cool water in one of the containers, fill the tub with boiling water, add the yoghurt container and leave to set overnight. The yoghurt mixes contain probiotics and live cultures but no artificial ingredients – and what’s more the yoghurt lasts up to two weeks in the fridge. Homemade yoghurt is very economical as well – one sachet makes a generous 1kg of yoghurt and costs around £2. Scroll down to the bottom of the post for the chance to win a Hansells Starter Kit!
For the granola
1 tsp ground cinnamon
- Preheat the oven to 150C (300F). Line a large tray with baking paper.
- Place all the ingredients apart from the coconut flakes into a large bowl. Add the coconut oil, maple syrup and honey and mix together with a large spoon so that the dry ingredients are coated in the oil, honey and maple syrup.
- Spread the granola mix on the tray and roast for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven, mix in the coconut flakes (and any dried fruit, if using) and return to the oven for 10 minutes.
- Allow the granola to cool down and then transfer to a jar. It will keep for about a month but it usually doesn’t last longer than a week!
small punnet ripe plums, split in half, stones removed
2 tbsp soft dark brown sugar
1 tbsp Demerara sugar
handful star anise
sprinkle cinnamon or mixed spice
a little rapeseed (canola oil)
- Preheat the oven to 200C (400F). Add a few drops of oil to a small roasting tin then use kitchen paper to coat the tray with the oil.
- Add the halved plums and sprinkle with the sugar and any spices. Scatter the star anise over them.
- Roast in the oven for 10-15 minutes until the plums are soft and have started to release some of their juices.
- Layer the granola and yoghurt in glasses or bowls and top with a couple of roast plums. Save any extra fruit in the fridge to use another day.