• Raggi

Homemade Granola. Better then store bought, no refined sugar, healthy, filling & easy to make.

Updated: Sep 14, 2020


What is your favourite breakfast when you don't have much time to spend in kitchen but want to have some quick, easy, healthy & filling breakfast which is enough to keep you full till lunch time? For me it's granola with some fresh fruits and curd. I just love it. Not only breakfast, it is a good snack too. Every time I make a batch I find myself munching a little whenever I'm having a snack attack.


Granola is easily available in grocery stores I know, but I can't remember when last time I bought a jar. I always prefer to make my granola at home as making it at home always gives me the control what goes in and it's pocket friendly too. Have you ever checked the label before throwing it in cart? It's insanely & unnecessarily expensive. Not only that it's also loaded with sugar & preservatives. Far far away from healthy (which it is suppose to be). Even if I keep aside the amount of sugar and the high price and focus just on taste, I was never satisfied with the amount of dried fruits, nuts and seeds in store bought granola (I love lots and lots of them in mine... ha ha). So it was obvious I decided to make my own granola the way I like it to be, and after a lot of trials and errors finally I found my favourite granola recipe which I'm going to share with you today. It is simply the best, give it a try you will never go back to store again for buying granola for sure.

Now to make your own granola you need oats, nuts, seeds, dry fruits, sweetener, oil, salt, essence or spices and little time. Gather all the ingredients, mix well, bake in the oven and your granola is ready. It's super easy to make right?

Ingredients that goes in:

Oats: Use rolled oats (also called old fashioned oats) in this recipe, quick cooking oats won't work.

Nuts: I have used almonds and cashew. you can use any nut of your choice.

Seeds: I have used sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and ground flax seed here. You can use seeds of your choice or totally omit it if you don't like. Just replace the amount of seeds with nuts.

Dry fruits: I have use golden raisins here. I also love to add dry berries, black raisins, figs and dates. You can use mixed dry fruits too.

Sweetener: I have used only honey to make it sugar free. You can use maple syrup, date syrup, brown sugar, white sugar or can combine according to your choice.

Oil: I have used sunflower oil. You can use coconut oil too if you like. Avoid oils that have a distinct smell.

Salt: Yes salt. you must be thinking why salt in granola? A little amount of salt really increase the flavor and taste. So I highly recommend to use it.

Spices or essence: Adding spices like cinnamon or nutmeg or essence like vanilla or orange gives a nice flavour to the granola. But it is optional. Your granola will taste good even if you don't use any flavour.

Other add ins: The above mentioned are the main ingredients. Besides that you can add few things like chocolate chips or desiccated coconut etc if you like.

Now that you know what goes in, here is how to make it.

Chop nuts into small size so they get toasted nicely.

In a big mixing bowl mix all the dry ingredients.

In a medium bowl mix all wet ingredients and salt.

Mix the wet in the dry.

Stir well so that everything is coated evenly.

Transfer To a baking tray lined with parchment paper and spread evenly.

Bake in a preheated oven at 180 C for 40 to 45 minutes. Stir the mixture thoroughly after every 15-20 minutes to get evenly toasted granola.

After 35 minutes mix desiccated or flaked coconut if you are using. And bake for 5 to 10 minutes more.

You will know your granola is ready once you see the light golden colour and feel the toasty smell of nuts, oats and honey. Don't worry if it's not that crunchy at this point it will become crunchy once cooled. Do not over bake to get the crunchiness or you may end up with burnt granola.

Let it cool completely. Once cooled add dried fruits and any other add ins you like.

Store in an air tight container. It will stay fresh up to 1 month. Or you can keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.

So easy, isn't it? Not only easy it is super tasty and power house of nutrition. Give it a try I'm sure you will love it.

Homemade Granola

Prep time: 5 Minutes

Cooking time: 40 to 45 Minutes

Total time: 50 minutes

Yields: 8 Cups (approx)

Cuisine: American

Ingredients:

  • Oats: 4 cups (400 gm)

  • Almonds: 1/2 cup (75 gm)

  • Cashew 1/2 cup (75 gm)

  • Pumpkin seed - 1/4 cup (35 gm)

  • Sunflower seed - 1/4 cup (30 gm)

  • Ground flax seed - 1/4 cup (20 gm)

  • Golden raisins - 1/2 cup (90 gm)

  • Honey - 1/2 cup (150 gm)

  • Oil - 5 tbsp (75 ml/ 75 gm)

  • Salt - 1 tsp (5 gm)

  • Vanilla essence - 1/2 tbsp

  • Desiccated coconut - 1/2 cup (40 gm)

Preparation:

  • Preheat oven to 180 c.

  • Chop nuts and dried fruits in to small pieces.

  • In a mixing bowl mix all the dry ingredients except dried fruits and coconut.

  • In another bowl mix all the wet ingredients and salt.

  • Now pour the wet mixture in to the dry mixture and mix well so everything is evenly coated.

  • Transfer in to a baking tray lined with parchment paper and spread evenly.

  • Place the tray in the preheated oven and bake for 40 to 45 mins at 180 c, stirring every 15-20 minutes to get evenly toasted granola.

  • After 35 minutes mix desiccated or flaked coconut if you are using. And bake for 5 to 10 minutes more.

  • After 45 minutes the mixture will turn light golden in colour. It's a sign that your granola is ready. Don't worry if it's not that crunchy at this point it will become crunchy once cooled.

  • Take out from the oven and place it on a cooling rack. Let it cool completely before you add dried fruits and other add ins like chocolate.

  • Once cooled mix the dried fruits and store in an airtight container up to 1 month or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Taadaaa....... Your granola is ready to enjoy. Have it the way you like it, with milk or curd, or sprinkle on salads for extra crunch or just munch on as snacks. Choice is yours. I'll share some recipes soon made with granola. So keep in touch.

Notes:

  • For making granola use rolled oats not quick cooking oats.

  • Use nuts, seeds or dried fruits of your choice just follow the portion mentioned.

  • The sweetness is perfect for me. If you want it more sweet can add extra 1/4 cup of honey or brown sugar.

  • Every oven is different. So the time mentioned may vary a little. You know Your granola is ready when you see the light golden colour and get the toasty smell.

  • Add dried fruits or chocolates only when your granola is completely cool. It will take around 45 minutes to 1 hour.

If you like the recipe, give it a try and let me know how it went. Comment below, like and share. you can share a pic in Instagram #bforbakingcforcooking. would love to see your re-creation.

Thanks for stopping by.

Love

Raggi

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