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Hearty home-made, Smart-granola

Updated: Oct 22, 2023


Culturally, cardamom spice has a love affair with Indian sweets when it comes to adding flavors and aroma! Fresh pound or ground your cardamom seeds for that magical aroma (store-bought powder loses it's aroma quickly!)


If you are looking for an instant snack to impress, this is the recipe you have to try! It's preparation time is under 30 minutes once you have the ingredients ready. It's a healthy satisfying snack, without any sneaky additives with many ways to consume it. Use it as a pre-made breakfast or a topping on dessert bowls, anyhow you like!


Kids love the chocolate chip version of it. It's one of the starter recipes when kids are learning to cook -my boys have made this multiple times :)


What's so smart about this granola? Well, not only this recipe low in sugar but also high in beta- glucans from oats, and zero refined grains. Beta glucan (β-glucan) is a soluble fiber in oat that has been gaining interest due to its multiple functional & bioactive properties.


If you plan to make enough and store it, make a bigger batch in the oven. Quadruple the recipe, it stores beautifully at room temperature for 7-10 days.



RECIPE:


Gluten-free: Use certified gluten-free oats

Egg-free

Vegan

Soy-free

Nut-free: Use seeds, replace nuts with seeds

LOW-carb: instead of 1.5 cup oats, use only 1/2 cup oats + 1 cup (hemp seeds+ flax seeds + chia seeds)

KETO friendly- skip the rolled oats/replace sugar with sweetener

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 10 min

Cool time:10 min

Serves: 3-4

Ingredients:

  • olive oil/unflavored coconut oil, 2-3 tbsp

  • rolled oats, 1.5 cup

  • variety of seeds- sesame seeds, chia, flaxseed, hemp, 2 tbsp each (as available)

  • unsalted roasted nuts of choice (pistachio, sliced almonds, pecans, raisins/cranberries), 1.5 cup

  • pounded jaggery /brown sugar / honey , 2-3 tbsp

  • cardamom pods, 3-4

  • unsweetened coconut flakes, 1 tbsp



cardamom and jaggery granola, healthy nuts and seeds




Instructions:

  1. roast rolled oats in olive oil for 2-3 minutes, keep stirring till golden brown

  2. pound nuts into bite-size pieces and add to the skillet

  3. toast well

  4. add freshly crushed cardamom seeds

  5. sprinkle pounded jaggery and heat till melted, stir in nicely so jaggery combines evenly with oats and nuts. Cool before storing.



Pro tips:

  • if making a big batch, triple or quadruple the recipe and cook in the oven, at oven temperature 350F for 20 minutes

  • bring the flame to medium-low once oats start to cook, this will prevent burning

  • perfectly roasted oats are golden and crispy

 

Kid-friendly version:


Kids need a snack that's super nourishing for their growing bodies! This super speedy snack is ready in less than 15 minutes, could be made in advance and stores well. All we have to do is substituting a couple of ingredients from the above version to make it more appealing.


Kid-friendly version: Use vanilla essence and honey (instead of cardamom and jaggery)







Did you give this recipe a try? I would love to hear from you, how it came out? Please leave me a comment :)


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