Sunday, August 28, 2016

Coconut Cardamom Granola

Granola is very popular breakfast and snack food which is also super easy to make. Infact making homemade granola is more healthier and tastier than store bought version. Inaddition to a healthy breakfast and snack option, granola is very popular food choice to carry on treks/trails and camping since its so lightweight yet nutritious and filling. 

Sorry about being MIA from the blog for a while. Some personal time with family during the summer break just took preference although I was kind of active on the social media. Hard to stay away completely right ;) But I missed sharing recipes with you all and hope you guys missed my post too. hoping to be back on routine soon now that the summer break is over. 

So what exactly is Granola?? Its basically an oven roasted dry crunchy mixture consisting of oats, nuts, dry fruits, fats, some flavoring/spices and off course sweetener. These are the basic categories  and you customize your Granola the way you and your family likes. 

For today's post, I'm sharing this Coconut Cardamom Granola which is my current favorite. Just loving coconut flavor this summer be it Granola, Cookies, or simply coconut yogurt. Add coconut and cardamom in combination and its makes it even more yummmmm!!

This version of Granola is the non-clumpy version more like cereals. Its really easy to make and you can make a big batch too and store in air tight container, stays good for couple of weeks at room temperature. You can serve this over yogurt or milk with some fruits of choice and drizzle of honey (optional). Its the perfect breakfast/snack that keeps you full and going till your next meal. 

Now to the recipe... 


Ingredients:
2 cups rolled oats
1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
1/2 tsp cardamom powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup chopped nuts (using mix of almonds, walnuts and pecans)
1/4 cup flaked coconut
1/4 cup sweetened shredded coconut
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup honey

Method:
Pre-heat the oven to 325F.

In a microwave safe bowl - heat the coconut oil and honey for 30 secs, remove and stir until completely melted and liquid. In another mixing bowl add the oats, salt, cinnamon and cardamom powder and mix. Now add the wet mixture of coconut oil and honey into the oats and mix until well combined.

Now pour this mixture onto a rimmed baking sheet. Distribute evenly and bake for 15 mins, stir then bake for another 10 mins. Remove from the oven and now add the nuts and coconut (flaked and shredded). Toss and distribute evenly once again. Put it in the oven to bake for another 15 mins or until the oats and nice and golden brown and the coconut looks toasted. If you feel the oats are browning too quickly - lower the heat to 300F

Remove, stir again and then let it cool in the pan. When slightly warm add the raisins and once completely cool transfer into a airtight container.


That's it, our crunchy Coconut Cardamom Granola  is ready. Serve it with milk/yogurt topped with variety of fruits and drizzle of honey (optional) for that healthy yet quick breakfast option. Enjoy!! 


Happy Snacking!
Shweta  


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