I love snacking on granola any time of the day and I am especially a big fan of making these at home. These delicious munches are so nutritious and easy to put together that once you make them at home, you wouldn't want to have the store bought ones.
It is just some simple ingredients mixed together and baked or cooked on stove top. Thats it! Now isn't that easy? Also, when you make granola at home, you can control exactly what goes in it. You can choose the nuts and seeds you like, make your own flavours, adjust the sweetness, the list just goes on...
The proportions that I generally follow is 1 part oats and 1 part all the add ons put together. This is combined with some sweetener and some fat and a pinch of salt. Following these same proportions, I decided to experiment with replacing the fat with some all natural organic peanut butter. I love making nut butters at home but the one that I used in this recipe is by Jus' Amazin . I really love their nut butters. These are organic and made with high quality ingredients. You can make out the difference in the taste.
Here is a how you can make this yummy treat easily for yourself.
1 cup - Rolled Oats
1/4 cup - Chopped Almonds
1/4 cup - Chopped Pecans
1/4 cup - Mixed seeds (I used pumpkin, watermelon seeds, sesame seeds and flaxseeds)
1/4 cup - Chopped Dried Fruits (I used dried cranberries and blueberries)
1/4 cup - Unsweetened Peanut Butter
1/4 cup - Honey
1/4 tsp - Salt
1/2 tsp - Powdered Cinnamon
In a bowl, take the oats, chopped almonds, chopped pecans, all the seeds, peanut butter, honey, salt and cinnamon. It's everything apart from the chopped dried fruits.
Give it a thorough mix until everything is well combined.
Line a baking tray with parchment paper and take the mixture out of this tray.
Spread it as evenly and thinly as you can and place it in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees C for 5-7 minutes until the granola around the edges starts to turn darker.
Take the baking tray out and with the help of a fork, give the granola mixture a toss thoroughly.
Place the tray back in the oven for another 5-7 minutes until the granola turns golden brown.
Take the tray out of the oven and mix in the chopped dried fruits.
Let it cool completely and store this in an air tight container.
Tips: When you are baking any nut based granola, always keep an eye on the colour of the granola while it's baking. Taking the granola out mid way and giving it a toss is to ensure even cooking and colour. While tossing, make sure to break any big clumps into smaller chunks.
One batch will last you a week and you can enjoy it with yogurt of your choice or with milk. Sometimes I just like munching on these on it's own!
Do give it a try and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!