I am always on the search for quick recipes, meals for a breakfast. As much as I can cook an elaborate meal, I really dont like to work hard in the kitchen for breakfast. I hated honey bunch of oats , the moment I had my first taste of cereal. Being a “pakka desi” as my husband puts it across, I was someone couldn’t adapt to the american breakfast of cereal and orange juice for a long time and clung to the Indian way of living for a long long time. It took a while to wake up open my eyes and look around adapt to the good of this diverse culture and enjoy the best of both worlds. Though my food and my blog focus mostly on Indian food, I enjoy various other cuisines with the same eagerness and gusto.
It took me 6 months to even think about oats and start eating them , making an upma , adding salt and yogurt , trust me it was wonderful , but me being me , who gets easily bored, needed a change.
One day I stumbled upon this book by Lorna Sass. It was an eye opener for me and I have recreated quite a few recipes in my kitchen. The book has a plethora of recipes using whole grains. I enjoyed each and every recipe made in my kitchen and the myth of whole grains are not tasty has vanished.
Taking a cue from that book , I make a barley and moong pongal , barley bisi bela huli anna ,a wheat berry salad , eat millet on a regular basis.
One more recipe was the granola that appealed to me. The arusuvai friendship packages I sent to Indira, DK, Siri and Madhuram ? A pack of my homemade granola also was there. I never buy cereal and we havent got bored of this recipe and its almost 2 years. Here is the recipe and all it takes is 30 minutes of time.
It took a while to post this as I always thought that this was top simple to post , forgetting the simplest of food can be the best . My friends ,Madhuram and Yamuna , gently remind me whenever we talk to post that recipe and today DK also joined the club. Take it away Ladies !
6 cups of a mixture of spelt flakes and oats or rye
4 tablespoons of B grade maple syrup or honey
1 tablespoon of canola or vegetable oil
A good liberal sprinkling of cinnamon , 1-2 teaspoons.
A teaspoon of vanilla extract or any favourite extract like almond or hazelnut
Your choice of nuts I add slivered almond, hazelnuts and unsweetened toasted coconut flakes
For my husband, instead of coconut , I add dry candied fruit.
You can take a combination of oats, rye, spelt or just one of them. I choose spelt all the time , because of the crunchiness.
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl, place on a cookie sheet , and place them in a preheated oven of 350F for 30 minutes and your granola is ready!!
The best way to eat it is with some yogurt and fresh fruit. My friends say they snack on it as a filler between meals and another one says that she likes it with milk too !
Store in an airtight container and it stays good upto 2 months.
Spelt Granola , A favorite!
Add the Candied fruit , raisins etc , while storing or while eating, do not add it to the mixture and bake
Parfait for me ! I wouldnt trade this morning goodness for anything else!
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