From my last few posts, you might have guessed that I am trying to switch to healthier (and delicious) version of our family favorites like these healthy pancakes and this no knead crusty bread with half whole wheat flour. We love cereals for breakfast but looking at the copious amount of sugar in packaged ones, they definitely does not fit into a perfect start of the day mantra. Their ease of use have gotten to us but what if I tell you that you can make a super easy and healthy granola that has no white sugar or flour in it. It has a great combination of ingredients which when eaten with milk or yogurt (also Greek) can take you all the way to the lunch without feeling hungry. Throw in some berries and you have a wholesome yet delicious breakfast.
Oats is the main ingredient of granola and is considered as one of the healthier carbs due to its high protein and fiber content. I prefer to use whole oats rather than quick or rolled oats which specially in case of granola crunches up perfectly. A tiny amount of sweeteners, hint of coconut and loaded with almonds, you will give yourself a pat at the back (like me 😉 ) My husband who isn’t much of a sweet tooth (how lucky!) passed it as a nice occasional dessert and asked for more when it finished. You can make it on a weekend and keep it in an air tight container to last for a week (or less?).
This is also a versatile recipe and you can skip or add or substitute a few ingredients like add in raisins, replace almonds with some other nuts, some dessicated coconut etc. To start off , you should try the original version first and then make the tweaks accordingly. Oh yeh and in the pictures, I have tuned this granola into a yogurt parfait, layered alternate two tablespoons of greek yogurt and granola with some handful ofberries. Almost 350 calories but good one for breakkiee!
- 3 cups whole old fashioned oats*
- 1/2 cup almond flour**
- 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup chopped almonds
- 1/3 cup melted coconut oil (or any other vegetable oil)
- 1/4 cup dark brown sugar (or light brown or granulated sugar)
- 1/4 cup maple syrup (or honey)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
- Preheat oven to 300F. Line a 9x13 inches baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Mix all the dry ingredients in one large bowl.
- Heat sugar, maple syrup together till combined.
- Add in oil and vanilla essence.
- Toss to quote the dry ingredients with wet.
- Spread it on the baking sheet.
- Bake for 30 minutes rotating the sheet half way through.
- Cool uncovered and fill in the jars to store.
- * though you can use quick oats but make sure to reduce the baking time by 10 minutes
- ** almond flour can be made by grinding the almonds with quick pulses and sifting
Just made my batch of granola today. But yours is a very different variation. Will try it next time. I was wondering, how wheat flour will affect the texture of the granola?
Hira, its in a very small quantity but helps in binding you cant even guess its in there, do try next time and let me know
Am not much into cereals but my daughter likes them…how do you think we can give them a chocolatw flavor as thts how kids usually like to eat it….also it can used as regular cereals by adding to milk?
hey samar, you can add 1/3 cup cocoa powder while mixing with dry ingredients n then after baking some chocolate chips. yes it goes really well with col milk as cereal