Saturday, April 9, 2011

Breakfast my way- Date and banana Granola



This space has been very quite since the past three days. Thanks to the bad internet connection. I was completely isolated from the blogging world. During these past 3 days, I did a lot of things which I was procrastinating for long. One of them being making this granola. 
Me and S have always loved to have granola or muesli for breakfast. But then, in my part of the world, it is very tough to find the right one. The sweetened ones were extremely sweet and the unsweetened ones were way too bland. Without any natural sweeteners. I found myself adding 2-3 tsps of sugar. I had literally stopped eating  granola due to this. I was just adamant on having a granola which was sweetened with all the natural stuffs. The idea of including the banana puree and date syrup to oats hit me about 15 days back at 2 a.m. I wanted to try this the very next day. But then due to a lot of reasons, I could make this only on Tuesday. This granola has become a favourite with us. You can have this without any added sugar. This is definitely my favourite way of kick starting the day. 
Before I move on to the recipe, I would like to share some news with you all. My Avial recipe was shortlisted among the top 9 recipes on food buzz on 3rd April. That was a great moment for me. I always used to browse through the top 9 recipes. But I had never thought that mine would be one among them. This would have been possible without your support. I would like to offer a mere but huge thanks to all my readers and friends of the blogging world. You guys ROCK!! THANK YOU!!!



Date and banana Granola recipe
Preparation time: 30mins
Baking time: 1hour
Makes about a kilo
Ingredients:
Old fashioned rolled oats- 5cups
Almonds- 1 cup, slivered
Walnuts- 1 cup, chopped
Currants- 1/2 cup
Raisins- 1/2cup
Sunflower seeds- 1/4cup
Date syrup- 1/3 cup
Honey- 2tbsp
Brown Sugar- 1/2 cup
Banana (med)- 1-1/2, Pureed (about 3/4cup)
Vanilla essence- 1tsp
Salt- 1/2tsp
Butter- 2tbsp



Method:
  • In a large bowl, combine the oats, salt, sugar, almonds, currants, raisins, walnuts and sunflower seeds.
  • In another bowl, blend the date syrup, vanilla essence, honey, banana Puree, and butter until well mixed
  • Mix the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients until well combined.
  • Preheat the oven at 150C.
  • Spread the mixture on two baking sheets and bake for an hour stirring the mixture every 15mins. Until the granola is deep golden brown.
  • Remove from oven and cool completely.
  • Store in an air tight container.
This recipe goes straight to Srivalli's Breakfast mela


14 comments :

  1. That's a gorgeous date and banana granola ,like the combination a lot .Healthy as well .

    http://sanscurryhouse.blogspot.com

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  2. healthy delicious granola
    congrats on the top 9 for the avial

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  3. Congrats on the top 9... And the granola looks tempting and healthy

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  4. granalo looks healthy and delicous and Congrats on the top 9 dear.....

    Lovely clicks :)

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  5. Congrats on the top 9 feature and thank you so much for the entry!..pictures are so lovely..

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  6. Congrats been featured on top 9..Granola looks wholesome and healthy..

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  7. Gorgeous!!! I have been planing to make granola 4 sometime:-)Thanks 4 sharing the recipe..Bookmarked!!

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  8. Congrats for the well deserved feature, Nishi! This is my kind of breakfast too, lovely.

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  9. Thanks so much everyone!!! This would not have been possible without your encouragement :)

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  10. The Dates and Bananas is a regular in my husband's morning cereal. However, I love the idea of baking the granola mix together - I would like to try that!

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  11. wow...I adore this...looks delicious..
    visiting your space for the first time...sure you have a lovely space with interesting collections..great pics..
    happy to follow u..:)
    stop by mine sometime..
    Tasty Appetite

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  12. Granola is my fav...looks perfeclty done and yummy combo

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  13. looks great! you need to send this over to www.101usesfordatesyrup.wordpress.com

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