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Thursday, December 27, 2012

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      I love granola for breakfast a lot. It tastes great simply with low-fat milk and no need to add sugar even. What else we need for a lazy morning? I don’t exactly remember where I had this, but only somewhere we stayed when we went for a holiday. Then once I bought muselix and loved that too. The best things I love about granola is, its crisp, has nuts, dates, raisins that comes here and there that satisfies all my chewy cravings Day dreaming. And when I wanted to try this at home, I liked this recipe from Ramya’s blog –Hot from my oven. I just adapted the recipe to the availability in my kitchen pantry and my taste. Though rolled oats is the main ingredient, its healthy, but we have to keep in mind that its high in sugar with all those honey,brown sugar, raisins and dates. Don’t panic. Its just an information for those who are in diet and count their sugar they eat. Otherwise its normal to have this for breakfast. And I almost forgot! This is a perfect snack to. You can munch on this in the evenings as such without milk.
  homemade-granola-recipe

Ingredients

(makes 2 &1/2 cups approx.)

Rolled oats 2 cups
Almonds, chopped 1/4 cup
Dates, chopped 1/4 cup
Raisins 2 tbsp
Brown sugar 1 & 1/2 tbsp
Honey 3 tbsp
Salt a pinch
Vanilla essence 3 drops
Cooking oil 2 tblsp

Method

  1. Pre heat the oven to 160 deg C. Meanwhile, place oats, almonds(1 chopped into 3) dates, raisins,salt and brown sugar in a mixing bowl. Mix well and then add honey to it 1 tbsp at a time and mix well.1-granola
  2. Add oil and vanilla essence and mix well. Line a baking tray with butter paper/ parchment paper and spread the mixture evenly.2-granola
  3. Bake it for 25 - 28 minutes or until you get a golden coloured granola. After 15 minutes of bake, every 5 minutes stir the mixture thoroughly to ensure even baking. After done, fluff it with big fork.3-granola
     
      As it cools down, it becomes crispier and store in an airtight container. I love it with cold milk a lot for breakfast. The oats coated with caramelized honey, brown sugar....bliss with milk :)

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Notes
  • You can add your choice of nut. I love almonds, so added it. Walnut or pecans also works fine.
  • The dried fruits also can be your favourite.
  • you can replace vanilla with a pinch cinnamon powder too.
   
         One more shot of dropping granola to justify the number of shots I tried to capture it WhewWinking. Thanks for the motivation Sharmi :)
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31 comments:

  1. so healthy and so delicious... picture perfect pictures as usual!!!
    Sowmya
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  2. Very healthy superb Raji.Can we use Quaker oats instead of rolled oats.

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  3. You mean quick cook oats? Not sure about the baking time. It may get burnt Sudha.

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  4. Healthy and perfect looking granola...Love the clicks..

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  5. Real healthy one Raji... Keep Rocking...
    http://recipe-excavator.blogspot.com

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  6. Granola is my fav snack too..love the shots especially the last one,gud attempt raji

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  7. you make me wnt to cook :) i have tried your paneer pasanda and butter paneer, and everyone loved it .. yayyyy

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  8. Awesome granola...Love it with milk..Perfect and Healthy Breakfast Raji..

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  9. healthy and power start for the day!

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  10. Gr8 pics and a gr8 breakfast to start the day!

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  11. Super inviting ...Join me in Fast Food Event - Poha here :http://easy2cookrecipes.blogspot.in/2012/12/fast-food-poha-aval-flattened-rice.html

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  12. look gorgeous n healthy...

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  13. granola looks very tasty and crunchy...lovely pics!

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  14. Oh lovely raks! !! Love that serving bowl! !! Beautiful shot!!!! You must definitely do a post on food styling & photography! !!!

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  15. lovely clicks... loved the last one... its that easy to make this ? I love it with sweet yogurt - yum!

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  16. Wonderful granola, beautifully done..Love to start my day with it.

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  17. Yummy and beautiful stepwise process dear...Keep rocking...

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  18. Very healthy definetly will try this.

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  19. hai.. all your dishes are very good.. especially i love this one.. one doubt.. what is rolled oats? how can we get it?

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    1. Hi, Rolled oats is bigger in size than the instant/ quick cook oats. It takes longer time to cook. It should be there where ever you find quick cook oats in stores... Hope I helped you a bit.

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  20. Hi, to add on to Rak's reply.... rolled oats =old-fashioned oats = flaked oats.
    Old fashioned oats is available in Quaker brand as well. Hope this helps.

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  21. I can have it for breakfast and even as a snack too...Great effort and try of the dropping shot Cool!! :)

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  22. Thank you sooo much:) planning to try this weekend

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  23. Hi Raks,

    I have 2 questions .

    1.did you use vanilla essence or vanilla extract?
    2. Did you mean old fashioned oats?

    Thanks in advance for your clarifications.

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  25. Beautiful pics. Even I love granola :) my fav breakfast. Should try to make it at home .

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  26. Loved the recipe. and the way you have presented it.
    just 1 question - how many days can you store it in an airtight container?

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  27. Loved the way you have presented the recipe.
    Just one question- how many days does it stay good in an airtight container.

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