Happy new year to all of you and may your resolutions get the gift of immortality!
The granola I turned out before breakfast this morning covered two of my resolutions - to update my blog more often with healthy recipes that are fun to eat, and to wake up early on a regular basis. The regular part still needs work, but I have proof of the fun bit... there's very little of the granola left by the end of the day.
The recipe I created today has two unusual ingredients - I have used jaggery granules as a sweetener and poha or beaten rice as part of the grain mix. Everything else was chosen based on whatever was available without having to rush to a store.
Here is the recipe.
Ingredients2.5 cups of quick oats
1.5 cups of poha or beaten rice
1/4 cup of oil
1/4 cup of water
1/2 t salt
3/4 cup of mixed roughly chopped nuts (almonds and walnuts was what I had handy)
1/4 cup flax seed
1/4 cup golden raisins
1/4 cup black raisins
1/2 cup of jaggery granules
1/2 t ground cinnamon
Grated zest of an orange
1 T fresh grated coconut
I put all the dry ingredients together (except the raisins) in a bowl and mixed in the water and oil working the whole mixture together by hand.
I lined a tray with parchment and set it in an oven preheated to 160 degrees Celsius, making sure I stirred the damp granola with a spoon every 10 minutes during the baking process, to make sure it cooked evenly. The raisins were added in the last 15 minutes (they could have done with 10 minutes, as some of the black raisins got slightly burnt).
In about 35 minutes, the clumpy mixture had turned into crisp clumpy granola, and I didn't have to be Nostradamus to know that the first breakfast of the new year was going to be a good one!