Granola is one breakfast food that’s hard to resist. The sweet and yummy taste and the chunky texture will make kids and adults hanker for more. Making homemade granola is also an effective strategy to trick children into eating healthier foodstuffs. Making homemade granola is so easy. Below are steps and guides on how to make home-made granola.
Prepare the materials
You need 3 cups or 300 grams old-fashioned oats, ¾ cup or 75 grams of slivered or sliced almonds, ½ cup or 45 grams of raw sunflower seeds, ½ cup or 45 grams raw pumpkin seeds, ½ tablespoon or 5 grams wheat germ, ½ tablespoon of ground cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon salt, 2 tablespoons or 28 grams melted unsalted butter or canola oil, ½ cup or 120 ml pure maple syrup, and 1 cup of dried fruits.
Use non-instant oats. The wheat germ is optional. Examples of dried fruits are figs, raisins, dates, apricots, cherries, pineapple currants and cranberries. Use moist, plump, and good colored dry fruits. Don’t use moldy and dried out fruits. If you’re allergic, don’t buy sulphured fruits.
Adjust the ingredients and their corresponding amount to your liking. You can make 6 cups or servings through this recipe.
Prepare your granola
Combine the salt, ground cinnamon, wheat germ, seeds, nuts, and rolled oats in a large mixing bowl. In a smaller bowl, put the melted butter or oil, and melted syrup. Mix the ingredients. Put the dry items on the top. Toss the ingredients. Spread the mixture on a baking sheet.
Pre-heat your oven to 325ºF or 165ºC
Put the oven rack in the center. Line a parchment paper with a buttered baking sheet.
Bake your granola
Bake your granola for 30-45 minutes. The output must be golden brown. Stir the ingredients occasionally so your mixture will brown evenly. The browner your granola (without burning), the crunchier it will be.
Put your granola on a wire rack and let it cool. You’ll notice that it might become sticky when it’s removed from oven. However, it will be dry and crispy when it’s cool. Break-up granola clumps while your mixture’s still warm. Put the granola in a plastic bag or airtight container and refrigerate it. You can keep it for few weeks or months.
Serve your home-made granola
Add the dried fruits on the cooled down granola. Serve it with 100% juice drinks for a healthier snack or meal. Don’t give sodas to kids as possible. Add chocolate chips and chunks if you desire.
Try other granola recipes
Some of them are honey granola, granola trifles, granola bars, smore granola bars, low-fat granola with millet, home-made banana chocolate granola bars, fruit granola bars, almond vanilla granola, and nutty granola among others.
These recipes are easy to make. However, master one recipe before jumping to the next. Ensure that you’re satisfied with your recipe before trying another. Ask suggestions and comments from people who’ll taste your recipe so you can enhance it. Write down your preparation and cooking procedures so you can repeat your success easily.