Basic Granola

We are a muesli loving family and every time I put one of those big Muesli boxes, I would kick myself for not trying to make the basic granola at home.The store bought are super expensive, not without added sugar and preservatives and with less nuts and fruits than one would like.

Why compromise, when you can decide the sweetness your muesli should have, how many nuts and fruits it should have. My daughter picks them first and eats and every time she finds a fruit, she exclaims ‘I did it’ like she solved the hardest puzzle.

It’s the simplest recipe I have ever come across. It’s easy, it’s delicious, it’s chewy and crispy all at the same time. We now consume this as a snack as well. Well, I do because I hate anything soggy and adding milk to muesli makes it just that!

Here is a basic granola recipe I tried my hands at! You can add fruits, nuts and seeds of your choice and liking. You can adjust sweetness as per your preference.

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Prep time: 5 mins

Cook time: 15 mins

Total time: 20 mins

Basic Granola Mix: A wholesome and healthy granola mix which can be eaten in breakfast or as snack.dsc_0044-2

Author: Nand

Recipe type: Breakfast

Cuisine: American

Serving Size: 1 1/2 cup

Ingredients

  • Rolled oats (not quick/instant) – 1 cup
  • Dried fruits & nuts of your choice – 1/2 cup
  • Seeds like chia seeds/flax seeds – 1 tbs
  • Brown sugar – 1 tbs
  • Honey – 1 tbs
  • Ground cinnamon – 1/8 tsp
  • Pinch of salt
  • Vegetable oil – 1 tbs
  • Vanilla extract – 1/4 tsp

Direction

  1. Mix the oats with brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, oil, honey, vanilla and stir to combine or mix with your hands.
  2. Preheat the oven to 160 degree C and spread the mix in the oven tray (in a thin layer), on a cookie liner or parchment paper and bake for 10 to 15 mins or until light golden brown.
  3. Bring it out of the oven and let it cool.
  4. Then use a fork to separate the mix and add nuts, dried fruits and seeds. I have used a mix of dried cranberries, dried apricots, black raisins, sliced almonds and 1 tbsp flax seeds. Stir to combine and store in an air tight jar once cold.
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