Monday, October 4, 2010

Crunchy Granola

Last time we bought a crunchy granola from store, we ended up with sore jaws!! The granola was very tough to bite into. That was the day we decided not to buy any more granola. Here is a quick and easy way to bake your own granola. All it takes is 20 minutes.
Old Fashioned Oats - 1 cup
Cardamom Powder - 1/8 tsp
Salt - a pinch
Maple Syrup/Honey - 2 tbsp
Canola/Vegetable oil - 11/2 tbsp
Brown Sugar - 11/2 tsp
Sesame Seeds - 1 tbsp
Almonds - 6, finely sliced
Dried Apricots - 6, roughly chopped
Raisins - 2 tbsp

Method of Preparation:
1. Preheat the oven to 250F. In a bowl add oats, cardamom powder, salt, brown sugar, sesame seeds and mix well.
2. Add the oil, maple syrup/honey to the bowl and combine all ingredients using your hand.
3. If you like to have granola clusters, then fold a little amount of the granola in your fist and press firmly to form small lumps.
4. Line the baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the oats mixture on it evenly.
5. Place the baking sheet in the middle rack of the oven and bake for 10 minutes.
6. Take out the baking tray and using a spatula turn the granola mixture around. Add the sliced almonds, chopped apricots, raisins and mix well. Spread the granola evenly on the parchment paper and put the baking tray back in the oven for 10 minutes.
7. Take out the baking tray mix well and spread evenly the granola mixture. Switch off the oven and place the baking tray back in the oven for 5 to 8 minutes or until it cools down.
8. Transfer the crunchy granola to an airtight container and store.
9. Add milk/soya milk/yogurt to your cup of crunchy granola and enjoy.

Sending this to Champa's 'Bake Off' event and  


  1. Thats a beautiful looking and healthy granola..yumm!

  2. I am glad you decided to make granola yourself. It is so easy doesn't make sense paying so much.
    Thanks for the entry.

  3. OH, your granola sounds fantastic- I love that you've added cardamom powder, I'm going to try that next time! I know what you mean about it hurting your jaw sometimes if it's storebought. Thank you for sharing this with the hearth and soul hop this week =)

  4. Hi Sujana and thanks so much for sharing this week on the hearth and soul hop! You can make this even better if you dont mind having butter by replacing the canola oil with butter. If you dont want to use butter use coconut oil. The canola will prevent you from storing this recipe for any length of time as it goes rancid very quickly. I love home made granola! Alex@amoderatelife

  5. It's so much better made at home, anyhow, because you can add just what your family likes :) I have very fond memories of my mom making granola when I was a kid. Thanks for sharing with the Hearth and Soul hop.

  6. I haven't made granola in awhile - your addition of cardamon sounds yummy! Thanks for sharing this with us at the hearth and soul hop!

  7. Thanks alex for the suggestion, I never knew that about canola oil. Actually I make granola fresh whenever needed.. since my husband gets bored easily of the same taste... :)

  8. I love making granola at home as I can throw in watever I have in my pantry waiting to be used up. Imagine the possibilities/../dried fruits, nuts, cranberries, sunflower seeds....WOW!!!




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