Thursday, March 31, 2011

Easy Omega-3 Granola

I bought one packet of granola and never finished it! I realized it was not my kind of snack or breakfast! They were extremely sweet and too much cinnamon in every spoonful! But I am an oat, nuts and dry fruits person which made me think once again.
I scored many granola recipes in the web and filtered few. I found one: used as "template recipe". I played with the ingredients that I liked/wanted and recreated for my taste buds with less sugar and rich in Omega-3. The word "omega-3" granola comes out with expensive price tag in supermarket store shelves. But it is quiet easy to assemble an heart healthy snack with few pantry ingredients.
Walnuts and Flaxseed are excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acid. The cardamom and nutmeg gave an aromatic Indian touch! The right amount of honey and less oil made me pick this recipe. The granola can be served with yogurt, fruits, sprinkled over ice cream and even salad!
Except oats, honey and oil everything can be substituted according your taste and need.

Granola with omega-3


Ingredients:

Dry ingredients
*Old Fashionned Oats: 1 & 1/2 cup
Chopped Walnuts: 1/2 cup
Sliced Almond: 1/4 cup
Ground Flaxseed: 1/4 cup
Cardamom: 6 pods (peeled and crushed into powder)
Ground Nutmeg: 1/8 tsp
Ground Ginger: 1/4 tsp
Salt: 1/8 tsp (or a pinch)

Wet ingredients
*Honey: 1/4 cup (increase to 1/3 cup for sweeter version)
*Vegetable oil: 1 tbsp

Dried fruit: 1/2 cup (Candied ginger/cranberries/raisin) -as they were sweeten I omitted the brown sugar from the original recipe.

Method

Preheat  oven to 300°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Mix the dry of ingredients together in a large bowl.
Stir honey and oil in a small saucepan in medium low heat until smooth.
Pour the honey & oil over the oats mixture, stir well they should be coated well.
Spread on the sheet and bake for 20 to 25 minutes ( stir every 10 minutes) -Did twice for this amount.
Watch out for golden color, tend to brown quickly at the end.
Take out and place the parchment in rack. If you want clumpy once taken out of the oven DO NOT STIR
Let it cool and mix the Dry fruit.


* Except those items everything can be substituted

Variations: unsweetened coconut- sunflower seeds, pecans, dried pineapple, dried mango,
Spice substitute: Cinnamon- all spices,etc..

Granola with omega-3

Try at home, you never think of store bought box again. Is that easy to make your own healthy granola at home?

30 comments:

RS said...

Healthy and lip smacking granola :)

Shabitha Karthikeyan said...

Super Cool Cham ! Homemade Granola sounds interesting..Simply loved the first pic.

Laavanya said...

That must make for a delicious breakfast or snack - i usually tend to make bars.... must try this sometime.

Priti said...

Looks so gud and indeed home made ones are best ...

G.Pavani said...

healthy n crispy recipe..

jayasree said...

gorgeous pics...Definitely making it at home is healthy and you can make it to suit your taste.

Priya said...

Would love this wonderful looking granola to kick start my day everyday...Great looking granola..

lata raja said...

What a treat taht would be, not just eating plain oats in milk and such! Excellent breakfast!

BongMom said...

i have never made granola at home. Looks like a wonderful breakfast option. Will surely try this.

notyet100 said...

will try this,.

Lavi said...

Its Perfect Cham. after i started to make granola at home, i never bought at stores.

Madhavi said...

Love homemade granola..super post!!

swapna said...

Never made homemade granola....urs looks good!!

Torviewtoronto said...

delicious and healthy to snack looks wonderful
first time here lovely site

Nandini said...

That's a very healthy snack to munch on! Looks very nice!

Sujatha said...

I very much enjoy yogurt parfait with granola for breakfast..Home made granola sounds too good!

Gulmohar said...

This is a hearty snack/breakfast. I too do not like most of the store bought granola. and it looks pretty :-)

Only Fish Recipes said...

first time here....this recipe with granola is surely new to me but I loved it very much...you have a beautiful space here with quite a varied collection of recipes...loved it very much :-) Do visit my space whenever u hav time !

Sarah Naveen said...

loved the clicks..healthy and yummy!!

Usha said...

Love the idea of making homemade granola and it looks really fantastic! Way better than the store bought ones.....

aipi said...

That looks ridiculously good! I always have a jar of homemade granola handy for those guilt free snack times :)
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Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Perfect for morning breakfast. Mouthwatering pics... YUM!

veena krishnakumar said...

Wonderful looking granola. I must make this:-)

Curry Leaf said...

Love granola Cham. It is definitely easy to make it at home and the first time I made it, I too was surprised. This one granola is perfect for me. Very healthy it is

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Thinking to try at home for a while too,thanks for the recipe!

Cynthia said...

Cham, cutting the yucca for the fries is not hard. Remember it is boiled first? That makes the cutting easy.

The Weight Watcher said...

Ah! Mix in the dry fruit at the end!! I just made a batch of granola, and my raisins came out all hardened.. :( Will definitely keep your recipe for future reference! :)

PS: What are those small white squares in your granola?

Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear Cham
How are you? I am here after a long back. I feel good reading your comments at my blog. I dont know if Granola is available in India, if at all it will be very expensive, I guess.
Let me read all your postings that I have missed.
Have a nice day

Cham said...

The weight watcher: White square are candied ginger.

meeso said...

I always dislike how overly sweet most prepared granola's and granola bars are. I haven't tried to make my own yet, but I want to try now!