DIY Granola

Would I like to eat a crunchy, melt-in-the-mouth waffle (or six)? With a scoop of ice cream? Melting into lazy pools on the dimpled surface? Melding with the blueberry compote and forming marbled patterns?

Yes, yes and yes! And yes, yes, yes!

But the stern visage of my daughter interrupts this day dream; and the crisp but tender forkful, a receptacle for the sweet vanilla ice cream and the tart berry compote, vanishes in a puff.

I have to settle for a more mundane, low fat, alternative– Granola.

I’ll let you into a little secret — my tinkered-with version from All Recipes, is crunchy and fragrant and redolent with spices. Top it with a scoop of low fat vanilla yoghurt, throw in some fresh blue berries, and I promise you, it comes close to the waffle of my dreams. And you can feel holier than thou.

Use this recipe as a blue print and find your own Granola Nirvana.

Recipe:

Ingredients

6 cups of rolled oats

1 cup of mixed nuts and seeds (I use a combination of almonds, sunflower seeds, melon seeds, pumpkin seeds)

2 tbsps vegetable oil

2 tbsps of honey or rice syrup

2 tbsps peanut butter or almond butter or cashew butter

2 tbsps of brown sugar (optional)

1 tsp cinnamon (powdered)

1/2 tsp cloves (powdered)

1 cup of any dried fruit or a combination of 2-3 ( I use cranberries/ goji berries/ raisins/ dates/ figs/ apricots)

Method

Preheat oven to 180* C

Measure out the oats and nuts/seeds into a bowl.

Gently heat the oil, honey, nut butter and spices (and the brown sugar if you are using it) together until they become more liquid.

Cool until warm to the touch then pour into the oat mixture. Use your hands to evenly coat the oats and nuts.

Transfer the coated mixture into a shallow tray, then bake for 20-25 minutes, stirring every so often.

Watch the mixture like a hawk, to prevent it from charring. Turn the heat down if necessary.

Once the mixture is golden and fragrant quit being a hawk and take the tray out and cool to room temperature.

When cool, add the dried fruit of your choice (or a combination) and pour into a jar or bottle.

Tuck into your granola, topping it with fresh berries and a scoop of sweetened yoghurt.

As good as that waffle, and a million times healthier!

I love giving my Granola (packaged in a bottle, dressed up with a pretty bow) as a gift to friends.

Write in telling me what you love eating for breakfast.

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7 Comments Add yours

  1. D says:

    Gorgeous colors! Personally, I do not like granola but I would definitely try this 🙂

  2. Jacquee says:

    Love granola with a little kefir. This looks good!

  3. I recently discovered the goodness of homemade granola. Wonder why I never got round to making them till now. The addition of a nut butter sounds delicious. I should try that. and perhaps goji berries too.

    Greek yogurt, a squiggle of honey, topped with granola is my perfect breakfast food! I can eat this everyday.

    1. radhika25 says:

      Good heavens! My reply vanished the first time. I’m still learning how to use WP.
      Anyway, the nut butter makes the granola smell divine. And this recipe is like a blank canvas to paint on. Sweeter or nuttier, fruit of one’s choice, it’s really versatile. I regret spending tons of money on the store bought granola earlier.

      1. i totally agree with you..the best thing about granola is that you can add just about anything you like…like a blank canvas..will try it with some nut butter next time..thanks!

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