Snacking is one bad habit of mine and after the doctor's advice to lose some weight, I decided to snack on more healthier food and eat lots of fruits when I craving for snacks. Those days , I used to snack on potato chips :p and my homebaked cookies that are so loaded with butter and sugar ....gosh now all those have to make way for these granola...it is kinda hard to chew on rolled oats if it is not coated with honey , thus to make myself eat more fiber products , I decided to make my own granola and snack on them instead of adding them to my milk . I don't drink much milk of late, just a cup of plain oats without sugar before I go to work. Now, I can happily snack on this cinnamon and honey coated homemade granola !
I saw this on Evan's Kitchen Ramblings and also very much inspired by Lena's homemade Granola With Wolfberries and decided to make some for myself too :) The last time I made them was sometime back and now it is back to healthy snacking :) It is easy to whip up and we can have fresh stock each time instead of buying those ready packed ones. We can choose whatever nuts we like and add to the rolled oats. For me I throw in whatever nuts I can find in the chiller and whatever dried fruits that are left-overs from the last baking. My granola are made up of sunflower seeds, hazelnuts, almond slices, walnuts and rolled oats....for the dried fruits, I added in apricot and cranberries. Lovely combination and I managed to make a full bottle of it which will last me at least a month. I stored them in air-tight glass container and keep them refrigerated in case the dried fruits becomes moldy but I think they will have no chance to become moldy coz WB and myself would have emptied the bottle before that can happen :p
mix all the ingredients together evenly with honey and ground cinnamon
and bake them for 35-40 minutes at 160C , stirring occasionally
for even browning
let them cool down completely
before adding the dried fruits
granola can be addicting to eat :p
especially homemade ones....
with our favorite nuts and dried fruits :)
store them in air tight glass container....
and keep in the fridge...it will keep
for a several weeks
love this homemade granola...the smell of cinnamon
and honey filled the air as it was baking
in the oven :)))
Homemade Granola - taken from Evan's Kitchen Ramblings
3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
3/4 cup sliced or slivered almonds
1/2 cups hazelnuts
1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 cup pistachios * I omit this
1/2 tbsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
2 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 cup honey
1 cup of dried fruits ( i used apricots and cranberries )
1. In a large bowl combine the nuts, rolled oats, ground cinnamon and salt. Mix well.
2. In a small bowl stir togethr oil and honey. Pour this mixture over the dry ingredients and toss together, making sure all the dry ingredients are coated with the liquid. Spread onto a baking sheet lined with baking paper or silpat and bake in a preheated oven of 160C for about 30-45 minutes or until golden brown, stirring occasionally so the mixture browns evenly.
3. Place on a wire rack to cool. You will notice that the granola may still be sticky when it is removed from the oven but it will become crisp and dry as it cools. Make sure to break up any clumps of granola while the mixture is still warm. Once the granola has completely cooled, add in dried fruits and store in an airtight container or plastic bag in the refrigerator. It will keep for several weeks.
Happy Snacking Day !
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