Hello friends 🙂 Hope you all are doing great!!
Finally blogging again.Yay! Took me a while to get back cooking and blogging after moving to Ottawa. Been spending time settling and discovering this beautiful city. It so reminds me of my hometown Shimla, India. It already snowed a couple of times and friends here tell me the weather will get much worse. I say bring it! 🙂
After the move, I’ve been making very simple recipes in my new kitchen mostly using few ingredients and no appliances. Still don’t have a blender. Lol! Also, the Indian stores in Ottawa are not well stocked, guess Dallas spoiled me with it’s huge Patels and India Bazaars. My mom always used to wonder how did I find all the Indian vegetables and rare ingredients in the US. Not the case anymore. However, fewer ingredients means you have to get creative. I’m actually loving simple Indian dishes made with just turmeric, cumin and cayenne pepper. Kinda shocking because usually I use variety of ingredients :).
This weekend I thought of making granola at home because I was excited to try Canadian maple syrup and make something for a quick and healthy breakfast. I’m actually not a big fan of granola but Arpan really likes it and it’s his go-to breakfast and this is favorite combination.
The granola came out so crunchy and delicious that I had to share the recipe, it’s super easy to make too. This recipe is very healthy and packed with nutrients. I added almonds and dried cranberries and to make it more healthier some pumpkin seeds and flaxseeds. But this recipe is so versatile you can use any nuts of your choice and also honey instead of maple syrup. I used coconut oil instead of butter and added some cinnamon powder for added flavor.
The combination of maple syrup, coconut oil and cinnamon is just divine. Your house will smell amazing when the granola is baking in the oven. I also couldn’t resist adding some chocolate chips in the end, which is optional but I recommend it. The semi melted chocolate will form clusters and will make the granola even more delicious!
This is a must try recipe if you are looking for easy healthy breakfast and can be easily stored in an airtight container for a couple of weeks and you won’t have to buy store bought granola again, at least I won’t 🙂 Do let me know if you make other variations, Would love to try them out.
- 3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
- 1 cup raw almonds
- ½ cup dried cranberries
- ½ cup raw pumpkin seeds
- ⅓ cup flaxseeds
- ¼ cup chocolate chips (optional)
- ⅓ cup maple syrup
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon powder
- 1 tablespoon water
- A pinch of salt
- Preheat your oven to 325 F and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl combine the dry ingredients oats, almonds, pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries and flax seeds.
- In another bowl, add maple syrup, coconut oil(make sure is melted), water, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt. Whisk well and add the mixture to the dry ingredients.
- Use your hands and gently massage the mixture, make sure the oats are evenly coated.
- Spread the mixture in an even layer on the baking tray with the help of a spatula.
- Bake for 40-45 minutes, stirring every 15-20 minutes. You are looking for a golden brown color and stirring occasionally helps the granola brown evenly.
- Once done, let the granola cool a bit, at this stage you can add some chocolate chips (optional). Stir in the chocolate chips and the melted chocolate will form clusters.
- Let the granola cool completely, it will become crunchier as it cools.
- Store in an airtight container. The granola will easily last for a couple of weeks.
- Enjoy with milk and fruits for a delicious and healthy breakfast.