We’re a committed lot at TMix+ headquarters when it comes to the Thermomix. Our IT manager, David McIntyre, has been an evangelist for the machine since the time we first published Dani Valent’s In The Mix in 2011, and he grabbed a TM31 in both hands. Hardly a day goes by when he’s not spruiking a recipe he’s made—these days in the TM5. He’s one of these IT cats who’s not happy with anything but the latest—first in the queue for Apple’s latest, he was also first in line for the TM5. This week, he rolled up, proudly, with his crunchy home-made granola suite, on offer to all and sundry.

60 grams butter
120 grams honey
1 tablespoon vanilla extract (concentrate)
1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
200 grams rolled oats
125 grams almond flakes

1.     Pre-heat the oven to 180C.

2.     Add butter, honey, vanilla extract and cinnamon to the Thermomix bowl and heat 2 minutes/85 degrees/speed 1. The butter will have melted, and the honey absorbed. Scrape down the bowl to ensure all the honey has been absorbed.

3.     Add the oats and almonds and mix 45 seconds/speed 2/Reverse. 

4.     Line a baking tray with baking paper and then spread the mixture evenly. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring the mixture approximately every 10 minutes. Watch to ensure it does not burn, particularly during the last few minutes of baking.

5.     Allow to cool, and store in a airtight container. There are many other grains, seeds, nuts and preserved fruits that can be added to suit your needs. You can also vary the amount of honey, or swap with maple syrup or molasses. Serve with yoghurt, dairy milk or any milk you like (we cover the full array of milks in the Autumn/Winter issue).

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