Orange Cranberry Granola

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We gave up packaged breakfast cereals many moons ago. What is advertised as “healthy multigrain cereal”  is  sugar laden, high in sodium and full of  preservatives.  Please do  read the labels and do your research to know what all goes in these packaged foods sold in the garb of “health food”.  When you can’t pronounce  or recognize more than half the words in the ingredient list, that would be a good time to put that box back where it belongs!!

Since eating these was no longer an option for us, I had to figure how to make some kick ass, absolutely delicious breakfast cereal at home.  Of course Google had that answered in .0005 secs with some 986548 recipes!!  And so after many trials and errors, some burnt, some too dry, some soggy, to completely flavorless….I finally got what we all loved. Once I started making granola at home, there was no looking back.  I make many versions of this recipe, with Peanut Butter, Chocolate & Dates, Almond & Dates, Coconut & Chocolate. We eat it  ALL THE TIME. For breakfast, afternoon/ evening  snack, for dessert…I swear, somebody’s hand is always in the granola jar!!  My favorite is plain yogurt topped with granola and some fresh fruit.

Yes, this is healthy, made with excellent ingredients, crunchy, sweet, but barely so.  The best part is  you get to control the amount of sugar, salt and fats that go in here.  Orange zest gives off that fabulous aroma, every time you open the jar. Orange juice adds to the flavor and sweetness. Cranberries, sweet and tart, just go perfectly well with orange flavor.  Roasted walnuts and almonds, give that delicious crunch. Taking the nutrient quotient up a notch  are  flax seeds and sunflower seeds.  I like to use coconut oil here as it adds a tad bit of nuttiness. You could certainly swap it for butter or vegetable oil.  If you can’t get cranberries, by all means use raisins, chopped apricots or any other dry fruit of your choice.

It really is so simple to make small changes in your everyday foods without compromising on taste. To have the satisfaction of knowing where your food is coming from, what you’re putting in your body, its  a step towards mindful cooking and eating. Above all it can make you  feel so amazing inside out and you deserve it! ♥ ♥

 

Prep time: 10mins  Bake time: 30 min

THE RECIPE:

Rolled oats-  400 gms

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Popped amranth – 30 gms

Almond flakes –  100 gms

Walnuts, chopped –  50 gms

Flax seeds- 50 gms

Sunflower seeds – 20 gms

Cranberries – 70 gms

Honey – 150 gms

Coconut Oil – 60 mls

Juice and Zest of 2 oranges

How to

Pre heat the oven to 160 C. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and lightly grease it.

Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Bring honey, oil and orange juice to a slow simmer in a saucepan. Once it comes to a boil, stir in the orange zest. Pour this over your dry ingredients, mix well. The mixture should have the consistency of wet sand. Spread this mixture evenly onto prepared baking sheet. Bake, stirring every 10-15 mins, for about 30 mins. The  granola should be fragrant, look all golden and toasty. Once you’ve taken the tray out of the oven, stir in the cranberries/ raisins. Let it cool completely.

Store in in an airtight jar.

Packed in cute little jars, these are fabulous for gifting as well! 🙂

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