I love granola because it is nutritious, healthy, versatile, delicious and filling. It's just perfect for any untimely hunger attacks you may have (I actually have them a lot!), or just as an exercise for your jaws!
This recipe is inspired by the stove top granola recipe by Dani Spies of Clean and Delicious. You can find the original recipe here.
Unlike most of the granola recipes that you will find, this is made on a stove top and is not baked. This version saves you a lot of time as you can make it in small batches, enjoy it for a week and make a fresh batch again! The total prep and cooking time is just 15-20 mins (you may need that extra 5 minutes if you are a slow chopper like me). Freshly made granola can't get any simpler than this!
I have made this granola many times and as Dani says herself, never the same again! I like making it every week. It also gives me change to get to experiment with different flavour combinations, mixing different nuts, fruits and seeds. You have the added advantage of trying new flavours every week and not being bored to death of having to finish a big batch of granola. It works with almost any nuts, seeds, dried fruits, oil and sweetener. You can really use what you can find in your cupboard. So you don't have any specific list of ingredients to tick off your list, just the basics: Oats, some nuts, some dried fruits, some seeds (optional), some sweetener and a little bit of oil. And thats it!
2 cups - Rolled oats
1/3 cups - Chopped almonds
1/3 cups - Chopped walnuts
1/4 cups - Pumpkin seeds
1/4 cups - Sunflower seeds
1/2 cups - chopped dried fruits of your choice (like cranberries, blueberries, raisins, coconut flakes, apricots etc.)
3 tbsp - Honey/Maple syrup/Agave syrup/Jaggery (liquid or powdered)
1/2 tsp - Cinnamon powder
1/4 tsp - Salt
1-2 tbsp - Ghee/Oil of your choice (Olive oil/Coconut oil)
Add all the ingredients except chopped dried fruits to a frying pan/saute pan and place it over medium heat.
Roast the mixture while staring constantly otherwise the granola will cook unevenly and can burn slightly in parts.
Continue to cook for 8-10 minutes until the oats and nuts are roasted and golden brown in colour.
You will also be able to make out that its done by the smell. Your kitchen will fill up with the delicious smell of cinnamon and roasted nuts.
If you are using Jaggery, the colour of granola can be slightly darker depending on the colour of your jaggery.
Cool the mixture completely and then stir in all the chopped dried fruits.
When the mixture cools, you may notice that some pieces are clumped together. Just try to break the pieces evenly with your hands or run a fork through the mixture. Store it in an air tight container. Your healthy and delicious batch of freshly made granola is ready!