Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Granola (Stovetop Method)

I just love having Granola for breakfast. Actually I am not a big fan of oats, but Granola is an exception. Granola is nothing but toasted oats with a flavor of honey and sugar along with dry fruits and nuts of our choice.
I usually buy them from the store, but then I thought why not try making it at home as we have the choice of adding in our favorite ingredients :)
I thought it would be difficult to make, but it is very easy and tasty indeed.
This can be made stove top and in the oven. I made it stove top.

Ingredients Required:
Oats (Rolled/Quick Cooking) - 3 cups
Honey - 3 tblsp
Brown Sugar - 1/4 cup
Cinnamon - 1 tsp
Oil - 2 tblsp
Butter - 1 tblsp
Raisins - 1/4 cup
Chopped Dates - 1/4 cup
Almonds - 1/4 cup, chopped
Cranberries - 1/4 cup

How to make?
In a large skillet, dry roast the oats till light brown in color and till it becomes crisp.
Set it aside on a plate.
In the same skillet, heat the oil and butter. Add in the honey and brown sugar.
When the mixture comes to a boil, add the cinnamon and mix well.
Add in the oats, raisins, almonds, dates, cranberries and give a good mix.
Spread them out on a cookie sheet or a large plate and let it cool for 1 hour.
The mixture would be sticky right out of the stove but on cooling it becomes crisp.
Crumble a little with your fingers to break the clumps. If you prefer to have few clumps then you have granola clusters :)
Store in air tight container.
You can add in any dry fruits and nuts of your choice.
Toasted coconut flakes can also be added.
The original recipe called for old fashioned rolled oats, but I used quick cooking oats and was satisfied with the result. 

This makes a great breakfast when had with milk, or can also be had as a topping with yogurt or ice cream. It also tastes great as it is as a snack.

Sending this to:
1. Bon Vivant #13 - Kids Delight
2. Lets cook for kids

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