Many a times, we’d go to a restaurant especially for brunch or breakfast and order a Granola bowl. The freshness of fruit and yoghurt, combined with power-packed crunch of good quality granola would give just the right start to one’s day. This made us wonder, why don’t we try making our own Granola at home, and re-create the goodness whenever we want. After many trial and errors, MRS came up with this recipe. This happens to be a frequent breakfast for MR, when he wants to have a quick bite before running off to work.
- Quick oats – 2 cups
- Pumpkin spice – 1/2 tbsp*
- Nuts (coarsely crushed walnuts and almonds) and seeds (flaxseeds and chia seeds) – 1/2 cup*
- Raisins – 1/4 cup
- Desiccated coconut – 1/2 cup
- Pinch of salt
- Vanilla essence – 1/2 tsp
- Canola oil – a little less than 1/4 cup*
- Honey – 1/4 cup
- Pre-heat oven to 200°C.
- Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl: quick oats, pumpkin spice, nuts and seeds, desiccated coconut, and salt. Mix together until well combined.
- Combine liquids in small bowl: oil, honey, and vanilla essence. Mix well.
- Add liquid mixture to dry mixture.
- Mix well.
- Line a baking tray with non-stick baking paper.
- Spread mixture evenly.
- Bake for 12 mins.*
- Take tray out and give a mix.
- Bake another 12 mins (your mixture will be slightly golden and nuts would be roasted).*
- Add raisins soon after taking your baking tray out of the oven.
- Cool completely. Store in an air tight container for up to 2 weeks.
- Pumpkin spice: while we used store-bought pumpkin spice (a present from the U.S.), this can be substituted with other spices like ground cinnamon or ground nutmeg. You can make your own Pumpkin Spice by using Beth’s recipe.
- Nuts and seeds: this combination can be customized to your taste. We had these ingredients on hand so used them. You can also add pistachios, cashew nuts, sunflower seeds, etc. We added 2 tsp of both flaxseeds and chia seeds to 1/2 cup of coarsely crushed walnuts and almonds.
- Canola oil: again, this is what is widely used in Pakistani households. Instead of this, you can use vegetable or coconut oil.