Take charge of your granola

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October 13, 2015 by Soo Ee

I like granola so much I made my own.

Ingredients:

3 cups rolled oats. 

Use the old fashion kind not the instant or quick cooking kind.

1-2 1/2 cups of seeds/nuts. 1/2 cup of each. 

I used flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds. Sometimes walnuts and hazelnuts. All in edible size pieces. Add in raw nuts together with everything else to bake. If the nuts are already toasted, add them after the baking (together with the dried fruits). If not they will get burnt.

Honey.

1/2 to 3/4 cup depending on what level of sweetness you fancy. I used about 1/2 cup. I usually eat my granola with yogurt + honey so I don’t need it too sweet on its own.

1/4 to 1/2 cup coconut oil. Some recipes recommend olive oil for a slight bitter taste, some canola because it is a neutral oil (i.e. no strong flavor)

1 tsp sea salt

1 cup dried currants (add after baking)

1 tsp cinnamon. I tried the latest batch with cardamon. Pretty funky taste. Experiment with what you fancy.

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven at 300 degrees.
  2. Measure oats, nuts, seeds, salts and spices into a large bowl.
  3. Add honey and oil.
  4. Stir till well mixed.
  5. Spread on baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. For those making this the first time, watch the bake closely. Different ovens bake differently. My first batch was burnt, though I set it at the recommended temperature, because my oven is old and the thermostat was a little off. Honey burns easily. The baked granola won’t be crunchy right after baking. The granola will set and harden as it cools.
  7. Cool granola on the tray before storing it.

I always eat the granola with yogurt and honey. On occasions when I feel like a sweet treat, I sprinkle it over vanilla ice cream.

Chocolate Granola Bar: Melt down 70% cocoa dark chocolate in coconut oil (half a bar to 2 tbsp of oil) and drizzled all over the granola, wrap and cool in grease proof paper to pack one for the road. Make sure to swirl the chocolate in the oil. Don’t let it ‘fry.’

Check out how my dark chocolate granola bar looked like https://instagram.com/p/8LQYxwrmla/?taken-by=soo_is_here

One more crazy idea I shared at work. You can now have your breakfast together with your morning coffee! Project AD (Angel Dust) What is it? Wholesome rolled oats, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, dried currants, flax seeds made into granola and blended with cocoa and coffee powder. How to eat AD? Sprinkle over yogurt, breakfast cereal, or make it into a drink. What does AD do for you? One tablespoon in the morning keeps 周公 alway. The more tablespoons the happier. Why oats? Oats are a good source of insoluble and soluble fibre, both which are awesome for the system. Oats make a great breakfast food item because a bow of it can be filling. Oats keep you satiated. Research has shown that regularly intake of oats reduces the risk of heart diseases and diabetes.

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