Be it for breakfast, midnight munching or as your quarantine binge..a homemade granola is to the rescue! This granola recipe I’m sharing with you is the healthiest version of a granola you could ever think of. And the best part is that it tastes awesome too!
Why is this recipe special ?
. 3 super seeds- I incorporated chia seeds, flaxseeds & pumpkin seeds in this granola for an added crunch along with a nutritious punch. Both chia seeds and flax seeds are good sources of fibre, healthy fats & proteins. Whereas pumpkin seeds provide micronutrients like magnesium and zinc along with healthy fats.
. Cinnamon & Vanilla- Both are antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory properties. Cinnamon is known to help keep blood sugar levels under control too.
. Protein & Fibre loaded- Peanuts, coconut , oats & super seeds. These are the easiest ingredients to be found in any vegans pantry who fuels up his body the right way.
. Easy to prepare- Anyone can make this. There’s no excuse to not try this recipe guys! Get your clumsy kids to throw all the ingredients into a bowl & mix it up. Because that’s literally how easy it is to make. Rest all you need to do is place it in the oven , wait and crumble up when cooled. Oops.. I spilled my recipe method before getting into the ingredients list!
How did I develope this recipe?
Being a granola lover, I used to buy granola from the grocery stores thinking that it’s all super healthy. I know you might be thinking what’s soo unhealthy about store-bought granola. I would ask you to check the ingredients list & nutritional facts column of your granola packet to throw light to the ugly truth. Yes guys, it’s full of sugars- in the form of corn syrup, maltodextrin, tapioca starch… and what not.
Now that I know what goes into the so -called healthy granola, I started making my own versions- chocolate pecan /honey almond/ banana bread are few of such flavours.
Me being a peanut butter lover too I thought of incorporating 2 of my favourite ideas- peanut butter into basic granola recipe along with my favourite seeds too. That was how this granola was first made.
What you’ll need-
. Half cup peanuts
. 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds
. 1 tablespoon chia seeds
. 1 tablespoon flax seeds
. 2 tablespoons black raisins
. 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
. One by fourth cup coconut oil
. One by fourth cup grated coconut
. One by fourth cup coconut sugar
. One by fourth cup peanut butter
. One by fourth cup pure maple syrup
. Half teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 150 degree Celsius .
- In a large mixing bowl , combine oats, peanuts, raisins, 3 seeds, grated coconut, cinnamon & coconut sugar.
- In a small sauce pan, stir in coconut oil & peanut butter. Heat till melted & well combined.
- To this mix in the maple syrup & vanilla to combine.
- Pour this mixture over the oats mix and stir well to combine.
- Lay it over a baking tray lined with baking sheet/parchment paper & bake for 25-30 mins.
- Take it out and let it cool.
- Break it into crumbly bits and store in an airtight container .
Notes, tips & suggestions-
. You can add your favourite dry fruits following the same ratios given in the above recipe, for example ,you can substitute raisins with dry black currants/cranberries.
. Maple syrup can be substituted by honey, if you are a non-vegan.
. Apart from having granola for breakfast with your favourite milk, you could try it as toppings for ice creams & plain porridge.