Friday, 25 January 2019

Recipe 66: Homemade Muesli/Granola (No-Oven)

One evening I was flipping through Instagram and watching food pictures mainly. And, I stumbled upon granola and muesli images.


For those who do not know, muesli is more popular here in India and granola is comparatively lesser known. Muesli is dry and uncooked. It is treated like cornflakes and eaten with milk for breakfast. Whereas, granola is baked and slightly chewy and sticky. Granola can also be eaten like any breakfast cereal or shaped into bars and consumed like a snack-on-the-go.


Both muesli and granola are extremely healthy for the body and very nourishing.


Anyways, looking at the images itself made me hungry. And I realized that I almost have the ingredients that essentially comprises of a granola its just a little tweaking that I need to do and use those ingredients that are with me at present or easily available in the Indian markets.


Also with a hungry toddler around who I want to feed the best of the stuff, I had to ensure my granola does include something which she loves.


And, so my recipe of Homemade Muesli/Granola has some chocolate mixed in. And, thank god I tweaked the recipe to her liking because if it wasn't for those chocolates, she wouldn't have been happily consuming the oats, nuts and raisins!


I think, this should be the preferred way with kids. They don't know what is good for mind and body. Or what makes skin and hair glowing. So, we need to trick them. And, there is really nothing wrong with that. Under the garb of 1 little chunk of chocolate if kid is consuming 4 pieces of nuts and raisins, its a complete win-win situation!


Chocolates was also necessary in my recipe because they are acting as binders. I am strictly not using any honey, caramel, white sugar, brown sugar, molasses, maple syrup, etc. which are sweeteners and help in binding the ingredients. I can proudly say, my Homemade Muesli/Granola has no sugar! yet, the little amount of chocolate and raisins lend so much of sweetness.


I have said enough.


Without, further adieu let me start with the recipe!

Ingredients:

  1. 1 cup rolled oats (click to buy Quaker Rolled Oats)
  2. 1/4 cup milk
  3. 1/4 cup chopped chocolates (approx. 15 Cadbury Gems and 25gms milk chocolate bar)
  4. 1/4 cup golden raisins
  5. 1/4 cup melon seeds (click to buy Agro Fresh Melon Seeds)
  6. 3 tbsp. flax seeds (click to buy Zealth Raw Flax Seeds)
  7. 1 tbsp. butter
  8. 1 tsp. vanilla essence (click to buy Ossoro French Vanilla)
  9. 1/4 tsp. salt

Method:

In a large mixing bowl, add the chocolates.
Add oats and raisins.
Meanwhile, dry roast melon seeds and flax seeds till they begin to emit nutty aroma.
Add it to the oats along with butter, vanilla essence and salt.
Mix well.
The heat from the roasted nuts will immediately begin to melt the butter and chocolates.
Add milk and mix well.
Grease a baking pan or cake tin.
Pour the oats mixture onto the pan and spread in an even layer.
Place the cake tin on a fry pan and on lowest heat of your cook-top cook for 20 minutes.
If using an oven, then bake for 15-20 minutes in 180 degrees Celsius.
Granola is done when the sides are brown.
Let it cool for 10 minutes.
Begin scraping with a spoon and collect your crunchy-chewy granola in an air-tight container.
Enjoy as it is with vanilla ice-cream or with hot/cold milk as breakfast!





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