Recipe Of The Week – Homemade Granola

We all know that there is a crazy wave amongst women (pregnant especially) of eating “healthy”, “nutritious” and “organic”. It drives us insane! The best way to include this in your diet is by knowing what goes into your plate and stomach. And what better way to do that – than cook it yourself. So, if you are pressed on time and don’t have the energy to cook. We’ve come up with a simple yet tasty recipe that is not only nutritious but also helps you combat your hunger pangs! Additionally, it is every bit as fulfilling, crunchy, and sweet (maybe more!). It is nothing but a homemade granola. Let’s now read on how to make it.

Preparation type: Easy to Medium (depending on how good of a culinary goddess you are)

Preparation time: 15-25 minutes

Ingredients

  • Vegetable/coconut oil – 2 to 3 tablespoon
  • Oats – 3 to 4 cups
  • Sliced/flakes of almonds – 1 cup
  • Grated coconut – 3/4 cup (the fresher the better)
  • Pumpkin seeds (roasted) – ½ cup
  • Dried chopped dates – 1/2 cup
  • Dried raisins – 1/2 cup
  • Dried apricots – 1/2 cup
  • Grapefruit concentrate – 1cup (any naturally sweetened fruit concentrate to your liking will do)
  • Canola oil – 1 to 2 tablespoon
  • Salt/sea salt – a pinch

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 250F.
  2. Keep your baking tray ready with butter paper or oil/butter coating.
  3. In a large-sized bowl, mix the oats, almonds, coconut, and pumpkin seeds.
  4. In a medium-sized bowl, combine oil, juice concentrate, and salt.
  5. Pour the liquid mixture (medium-sized bowl) mixture into the dry mixture (large-sized bowl) and mix well.
  6. Spread mixture evenly on your prepared baking sheet/tray.
  7. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes (till it turns until golden, stirring often)
  8. Transfer to large bowl; add in dried apricots, raisins and dates.
  9. Store in an airtight and moisture free container.

Substitutions:

  1. In place of natural fruit concentrate, you can use dark chocolate or dark chocolate and peanut butter.

 

Nutritional Value:

  • 1 cup/1 bar: 300-350 calories approx
  • Fat: ½ serving (of RDA during pregnancy)
  • Protein: ½ serving (of RDA during pregnancy)
  • Whole grains: 2 servings(of RDA during pregnancy)

Advantages:

  1. Easy to make
  2. Loaded with nuts, seeds, and/or dried fruit (energy giving foods)
  3.  If stored properly (tightly covered and moisture-free), the homemade granola will easily last for 1 month.
  4. Less amount of sugar and no artificial preservatives when compared to the ready-made granola
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Aishwarya

Dr. Aishwarya Rajeev has completed her MDS degree and is currently pursuing her PhD. She is an avid reader and loves to teach and write!

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