Granola

Granola is a delicious, wholesome combination of rolled oats, dried fruit, shredded coconut, nuts, and seeds, sweetened with natural sweeteners such as honey, and baked until crisp and golden brown.

This granola recipe uses only natural ingredients. No refined sugar is used.

The following recipe only serves as a guide, feel free to adjust the ingredients and their ratios as desired, for instance, by adding more fruit or nuts. The baking time can also be adjusted for instance by baking for longer time for a  more golden, toasted granola.

Serving suggestions:

Homemade granola can be eaten as is, making it a healthy, energy-boosting snack.

Ideal for breakfast; pour cold or warm milk into a bowl of granola and eat straightaway.

Great for healthy desserts such as yogurt parfait.

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Total time: 1 – 1 1/2 hours (including cooling time)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup organic rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup any desired combination of seeds such as pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, white sesame seeds, flax seeds, hemp seeds
  • 3/4 cup any desired combination of raw (not toasted), unsalted nuts such as walnuts, almonds, pecans
  • 3/4 cup any desired combination of dried, unsweetened fruit such as raisins, prunes, cranberries, dates, apricots, apples, pineapples, cherries etc
  • 1/8 cup any desired combination of sweeteners such as honey (except bee’s honey – see note), maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut chips (optional)
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon (optional)
  • About 1/8 cup (or as required to evenly coat mixture) melted unsalted butter

Note: According to ayurvedic teachings, subjecting bee’s honey to heat is not recommended.

Method 1 (this method yields granola with toasted dried fruit):

Combine all dry ingredients in a big, roomy bowl. Optionally, you could add the dried fruit later on for a granola with dried fruit that is partially toasted.

In a heavy bottom saucepan, heat melted butter and sweeteners over medium heat until it just begins to boil. Stop heat.

Pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir well to ensure dry ingredients are evenly coated. The result will be a thick, stiff mass.

Transfer to baking tray. Spread using a spatula.

Heat oven to 300 F.

Bake the mixture until aromatic and slightly browned about 10 minutes. If dried fruit had not been added earlier then it can be added when granola is halfway toasted. Open oven, check granola, if satisfied, stop heat. For a more toasted, deeper hued granola, bake a few minutes more.

Stop heat, take out tray, let contents cool completely. Once cooled, granola is ready to eat.

Store granola in airtight container.

 

Method 2 (this method yields granola with un-toasted dried fruit):

Combine all dry ingredients except dried fruit in a big, roomy bowl.

In a heavy bottom saucepan, heat melted butter and sweeteners over medium heat until it just begins to boil. Stop heat.

Pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir well to ensure dry ingredients are evenly coated. The result will be a thick, stiff mass.

Transfer to baking tray. Spread using a spatula.

Heat oven to 300 F.

Bake the mixture until aromatic and slightly browned. About 10 minutes. Open oven, check granola, if satisfied, stop heat. For a more toasted, deeper hued granola, bake a few minutes more.

Stop heat, take out tray and immediately add dried fruit. Stir thoroughly.

Set aside to allow granola to cool completely. Once cooled, granola is ready to eat.

Store granola in airtight container.

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