I have already shared a simple Homemade granola recipe before and in this below recipe I tried adding natural sweetness from Dates and Apple to the Granola. I usually make a batch of granola once in a while and pack it in an airtight container. Husband usually keeps that box in his office and its a perfect guilty free snack to enjoy during coffee time. I too love adding granola as a topping to my smoothies, have it as a mid-morning snack and sometimes I add milk with it and have it as a breakast, Yogurt+berries along with Granola makes it as one wholesome breakfast too.
The nuts, seeds in the Granola are so filling and adding fruits+drizzle of honey makes it even more delicious. You can prepare it in stove top itself and you don’t need an oven to bake them. Also the addition of Nuts and Seeds are totally based on the availability in your pantry and your choice of preference.
Building a granola is basically very simple.. Choose ingredients from the following categories and create your own mixture. I have listed whatever came to my mind while typing this recipe 🙂 You can always add your preferred ingredients apart from the ones mentioned below too 😊
Base : It could be plain Oats or could even be a combination of grains like Oats, Rye, Barley,Quinoa, Rice crispies, wheat flakes etc
Nuts : Almonds, Pistachios,Cashews,Peanuts,Pine nuts
Seeds : Pumpkin Seeds, Hemp Seeds, Sunflower Seeds,Flax Seeds, Chia Seeds
Dried Fruits : Apricots,Figs,Raisins,Prunes,Dates
Spices : Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Ginger, Cardamom
Sweet : Dates, Maple Syrup, Jaggery, Honey, Sugar
Fat : Butter, Peanut butter, Almond Butter, Coconut oil,Sunflower oil
Other : Flax meal, coconut flakes, vanilla essence
The below recipe yielded around 4.5 cups of Granola. This is the first time I tried adding Apple puree and Dates paste for sweetness along with some honey. Its been a week since i made this batch and it still tastes good. You don’t have to store it in refrigerator.