Granola Revisited

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 !

Ingriedents

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.

granola


Method:

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!

granola-with-dry-fruit

Add the Candied fruit , raisins etc , while storing or while eating, do not add it to the mixture and bake

granola-parfait


Parfait for me ! I wouldnt trade this morning goodness for anything else!

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19 Thoughts on “Granola Revisited

  1. that looks yummy. i’d drop the cinnamon, though. spelt is great for bread-making too.

  2. I hate oats, but when had it with the granola mix and nuts it is managable…..the one looks all healty, but then not a sweet breakfast person

  3. what a delecioussssss looking granola

  4. the last pic loks divine..I have made granola bars at home..a recipe similar to this..got to try this next time

  5. last pic is really delicious,…

  6. Dee – even I was waiting for this recipe..:) thanks. it tastes great and I was about to make ‘Parfait’..:D but the granola was so yummy that I ate off the entire thing with milk!..Thanks dear.

    Hugs,
    Siri

  7. Spelt flakes is a lovely addition! May I ask you where you buy them? I can’t remember coming across spelt flakes or maybe I just have not noticed them…
    Thanks, Dee :)

  8. YUM! Chockful of fiber and protein, send it to Mansi’s event!:))

  9. Thanks all , for the wonderful comments, One , there is hardly any sweet in ti because its either 4 tablespoons of maple syrup or honey.. I can manage eating that

    @ dear nupur , you can find it at Whole foods for 4 bucks a box.

    @ Dear ashakka, thanks for reminding, the event slipped my mind, will send it to her.Hope you have a wonderful vacation!

  10. You won’t believe if I say I noticed spelt flakes only yesterday, for the first time. Just when I was thinking how to use it, here is your recipe. Thanks, Dee.

  11. oh, that looks bautiful Dee! can I have a parcel of this too??:) pls!!!!

  12. @ Suganya, Yep I wont believe if you say that you have seen it yesterday cos you are one of those who thinks ahead … :) eagerly looking forward to your recipe

    @ Mansi, any day dear, just mail me your address, of late this is just what Im doing, making it in batches and sending it across to my friends and family!

  13. now i am confused Dee… cant decide what i like more, pic or recipe ;)

  14. granola! i love making my own granola too. i make a mix of spelt flakes and oats . i like the candied fruit here!

  15. What a healthy way to start a day, or to grab a snack when you dont feel like cooking anything :) Just make a bunch of these and store them in the pantry!

  16. That’s a great looking granola…WOW!!

  17. That was tasty granola Dee. I just couldn’t stop munching it. I also wanted to make a parfait, but had none left. It was so YUMMY! Thanks Dee for sending it across and also for this recipe.

  18. And I also had the idea of trying barley and moong daal pongal after trying Bee’s Barley with spiced yogurt. Could you post or mail me that recipe too?

  19. Dee I have a giant size hug for you in my blog.

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