Friday, February 1, 2013

Breakfast Granola


Granola is a healthy breakfast option. It is a whole food with nuts and oats.  It can be had with milk or yogurt.

It has good cholesterol and is good for the heart. But, most of the granola available on store shelves have high content of sweetners and sugar syrups added to it which makes it high in calories content. So, if you have the ingredients to make it at home, it is truly worth it.

 Some recipes call for adding a lot more sugar in the recipe. I have cut down on the amount of sugar I have used in it.

  • Quick cooking oats - 4 cups 
  • Slivered almonds - 3/4 cup 
  • Chopped walnuts - 1/2 cup 
  • Chopped cashew - 1/4 cup 
  • Chopped pistachios - 1/4 cup 
  • Peanuts - 1/2 cup 
  • Wheat bran - 1/4 cup
  •  Dried cranberries- 1/4 cup
  • Chopped dried figs - 1/4 cup 
  • Chopped dates - 3/4 cup 
  • Golden raisins - 1/2 cup 
  • Sesame seeds - 1/4 cup 
  • Flax seeds - 1/4 cup 
  • Ground cinnamon - 1 tspn
  • Dark brown sugar - 1/4 cup
  • Water - 1/4 cup 
  • Salt = 1/4 tspn
  •  Preheat oven to 120°C
  • In a large bowl mix oats and nuts
  • Combine water, sugar and cinnamon and salt.
  • Coat the  oat-nut mixture with sugar mixture and bake for 15 mins. 
  • In the mean time, dry roast sesame seeds and flax seeds on a pan for 2 mins.
  • When the oat mixture has finished baking, remove from oven and add the flax seeds, sesame seeds and the wheat bran. Cool mixture completely.
  • Finally, toss in the dried fruits and mix well. 
  • Serve with milk or yogurt. 


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