This granola is our new breakfast flavor. We just can't seem to get enough of it. If I reach out for this healthy mixture for breakfast, S reaches out for this as and when he pleases. He says it just tastes great as a snack. I can't tell you how gratifying it feels when S says that. I have been making granola for quite some time now. Earlier, I used to make this granola for a long time. But after I moved to Nairobi, I came across Barley flakes. That was when I decided to experiment more with Granola. I have experimented a lot with different flavors and nuts before coming to this recipe. This mixture is something that S said was the best.
Although this recipe is great, it is not a hard and fast recipe. This is more like a template that can be customized in a hundred different ways to suit your tastes.
This granola is crunchy. Very crunchy. If you have this for breakfast with some fresh fruit and milk/yogurt then you are sure to be satisfied for a long long time.
Two grain Granola recipe:
Preparation time: 1hr
Baking time: 40min
Makes approximately- 12 cups
Serving size- 1/2 cup
Old fashioned Oats- 3 cups
Barley flakes- 3 cups
Nuts- 1cup, chopped and lightly toasted (I used a mixture of almonds, cashews and Pistachio)
Pumpkin seeds- 1/2 cup
Sunflower seeds- 1/2 cup
Honey- 2/3 cup
Oil- 2/3 cup
Vanilla essence- 2tsp
Dried fruit- 1 cup (I used a mixture like dates, figs and apricots)
Golden raisins- 1/2 cup
Dark raisins- 1/2cup
- In a large bowl, combine the ingredients from oats to salt and mix well.
- In another small bowl, combine the honey, oil and vanilla and mix till well blended.
- Add the liquid mixture to the oats mixture and mix well with hands. Make sure that mixture is well combined
- Line a baking sheet with Parchment paper and spread the mixture in an even layer and bake in a preheated oven at 180C for 30-40min or until golden brown, stirring every ten minutes.
- Allow the granola to cool down slightly before stirring in the dried fruit. Let the mixture cool completely before storing in airtight containers.
- If barley flakes are not available then substitute with wheat flakes or equal measure of oats.
- Make sure to use old fashioned oats. Quick cooking oats destroys the texture of the granola.
- You can spice up the granola with spices like cinnamon or cardamom powders.
- If you prefer chunky and clumpy granola then do not mix the granola while baking. Press the wet mixture with the back of the spatula before baking. After baking, the granola can be removed from the pan in chunks and stored in airtight containers.
- You can add orange zest to the granola if you prefer some citrus flavor.
- Make sure that the nuts are not toasted too much as they can burn while baking.