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Homemade Granola

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Difficulty:: Medium
Servings: 20
Calories: 210kcal
Author: Richa Sardana
Richa Sardana--this month's guest on Busy People Cook series--shares her recipe for Homemade Granola. 
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Ingredients

  • 7 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup walnuts (chopped)
  • 1 cup dried fruits
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1/4 cup butter (salted variety)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tbsp ginger powder (optional)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon (optional)
  • 1 overripe banana (thinly sliced, optional)
  • 1 tbsp cacao nibs (optional)
  • 2 tbsp dark chocolate (pieces)
  • 1 tbsp ancient grains** (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400°F (~205°C). 
  • Grind about 1/3-1/2 of the oats (about 3 cups) in a blender to a flour like consistency. This will help in binding the granola clusters together. If you don't like granola chunks or clusters, you can skip this step.
  • In a large bowl, mix the oats (whole as well as the ground), ginger powder and cinnamon.
  • In a saucepan over medium heat, combine maple syrup, honey, butter and water. Heat until the butter has completely melted. Add vanilla extract. Pour this over the oats and stir to mix well. Let stand about 5-10 minutes.
  • Spread the mixture over a large baking sheet. Spread thinly sliced banana evenly over the mixture.  Bake for 25 minutes. Remove from oven, mash the bananas to help dissolve and the break the clusters into smaller clumps. Bake for another 15-20 minutes.
  • Remove from oven. Stir to mix. Spread nuts, berries on top of the mixture. Bake for 15-20 minutes.  Remove from oven, the granola should be nice and golden brown. Sprinkle the seed mix, cacao nibs and dark chocolate morsels. Let cool completely and store in a covered container at room temperature. Enjoy!

Notes

*I use a mix of cherries, blueberries and raisins
**I use a mix of millet, red quinoa, amaranth, chia & flex seeds

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 210kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 23mg | Potassium: 217mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 100IU | Vitamin C: 0.8mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1.8mg