HOMEMADE GRANOLA

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Don’t make fun of me, Ok?

The first time I watched someone making granola on Food Network was many years back. I watched & thought what the hell is that? First, what’s oats (yes I didn’t know) & why is it mixed with all those things & baked? Then topped on yoghurt? And called granola?! God what on earth is that?

I decided to give it a try … Out of curiosity!

I searched & searched for this so called oats (as it wasn’t widely available by then like now) until I found it. I went home, followed the recipe instructions & BOOM I burnt it.

The whole house smelled smoke for about a day!

I decided … No more this granola thing & I don’t even want to know how it tastes like! The box of oats stayed in my pantry until it got expired & was thrown in the trash.

The years passed by & “the healthy” trend started in Egypt & all what people talked about was granola, oats, parfait & suddenly all those words started to ring a bell.
No baking this time!
I went to the store & bought a granola pack!

Yukkkk Yukkk I hate it.

Second horrible experience!

Granola is a no no in my kitchen!

Until one day about a year ago, I was sleeping over at my parents’ house, very bored; I opened the pantry to find a whole pack of rolled oats!

Mmmm… Since I am already bored, I thought “let’s play around with this granola recipe & burn it again” haha.

I mixed everything; not really following a recipe this time, I just used what I had in hand. Popped it in the oven & since I was a better cook by then “little bragging I know”, I didn’t burn it! I added some dried fruits & digged in.

OH MY GOD! OH MY GOD! OH MY GOD!

I am speechless now!

Excuse me I want to go munch on a handful of granola & come back!

Sorry granola! Sorry for ever accusing u of being ugly & bad tasting!

Guys, if you taste homemade granola, you will never ever (I mean it! NEVER EVER) buy the pre-packed ones! It’s a joy to your taste buds & a healthy one as well! God, is this true?!!

And it’s beyond easy to prepare!!

Mix some oats with some nuts then add oil, honey & some flavorings. Bake for about 20 minutes then add your chopped dried fruits & indulge! indulge! indulge!

I eat granola with yoghurt, milk, cheese, fruits or in salads (yes, a recipe is coming soon to the blog)! Most of the time, I just take a handful & snack on it whenever I crave something sweet!

Please please give it a try!

And you will get addicted just like me ..

and my sister,
and my mum,
and my husband …
and anyone who tasted the homemade version versus the store bought one!

HOMEMADE GRANOLA

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups rolled old fashioned oats*
  • 1/2 cup raw almond slices roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup raw pecan roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 2 1/2 tbsp unflavored oil (vegetable, canola, flax seed) or coconut oil*
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Handful goji berries or dried cherries*
  • Handful raisins

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C degrees.
  2. In a bowl, mix all the ingredients together except for the goji berries & raisins.
  3. Mix well* so that that all the ingredients are coated with the oil, honey, vanilla & salt.
  4. Spread the above mixture on a non stick baking tray (the tray should be large enough so that the mixture is not too piled up)
  5. Bake in the oven for about 20 -25 minutes until the granola is golden; tossing/mixing the mixture about 3-4 times to guarantee even browning & no burning.
  6. Once the granola is out of the oven, mix in the goji berries & the raisins & toss everything together.
  7. Leave to cool on the baking tray & store in an airtight container for up to a 7-9 days.

Notes:

  • Use rolled old fashioned oats not instant cooking oats to have a crunchier granola with a crispy texture.
  • In case you are using coconut oil, it has to be in liquid form.
  • Goji berries, raisins & all the used nuts can be found at Abu Auf Stores. You can use different combinations of nuts & dried fruits.
  • When mixing everything together before baking, I find that the best mixing tool is my hands as I sometimes have to break up the big oats clusters that stick together from the honey. 

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