Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Granola. To eating healthier and a happy new year

 Breakfasted © Cookaroo
Happy new year! It'll be a better year. I know it. It already feels better.

I am not one for resolutions. You know why? Coz I can't keep them and by March I end up asking myself what's the point of making promises to myself when I'm so weak-willed.

But, in the last few days, as I sat indexing all that I have done for the blog, I realised how many things I've actually cooked and made and what all I wanted to make and didn't get the time to.  I also realised how much I really love cooking, feeding and eating. And that I wasn't going to be able to keep butter out of the house. And it also ruled out the fact that I wouldn't eat it.

But it struck me. I can start eating better, eating on time, and having breakfast which 9 times out of 10, I skip. I could eat more proteins, pretend to like fish a bit more. And generally bring in bits of change in the way I eat.

Look, this ain't a resolution. It's just something I need to do. I have to do. And I don't think there's a better day to start than today.

This granola was made after I realised that I didn't really enjoy store-bought granola too much. With the Fab India granola it was like chewing cud, Gaia's was like saw dust. Kellogg's didn't have enough dried fruit. So ya the list was endless.

I've realised there are three things that I like in my granola
1. I like it chewy and not too hard
2. I like it medium sweet, so that I can adjust the sweetness with honey or maple syrup if I feel like it.
3. I like it to fill me up.

The thing is granola is very fiddly, you can go along making up the recipe as you go and you can add or subtract if you don't have things in the pantry. The ratio to note is the dry ingredients to wet. Where the dry is about 3 cups and the wet 1, so 3:1

This granola has all the things I like - I like wheat bran because it fills you up a lot more and oat bran because  of its flour like texture. Oats are ofcourse the best thing for granola and I love cinnamon, so that was a given. I added a whole lot of dried fruits - figs, raisins and prunes because I like it chewy. I've used jaggery as the sweetener, because it's perfect for winters, but any time else I feel maple syrup is a great way to roll.

Go nuts © Cookaroo
I eat my granola two ways - on yogurt with some fruit and a little bit of honey and with milk, really cold milk. But I'm soon going to post these granola cookies that are a-mazing! And I have to say this tastes amazing with some baked yogurt as well.

So here's to eating better in 2013. And hoping that it all goes well.


Honeyed © Cookaroo

Granola with wheat bran

Ingredients
2 cups oats
½ cup wheat bran
½ cup oat bran
1 /2 cup slivered almonds
½ cup mixed roast seeds
1/2 cup shredded sweet coconut
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp all spice
¾ cup melted jaggery
2 tsp water
1/4 cup vegetable oil
½ tsp salt
½ cup raisin
½ cup prunes
½ cup figs

Directions

1.Preheat oven to 120 degree centigrade
2. In a large bowl, combine the oats, wheat bran,oat bran nuts, cinnamon, all spice coconut and salt
3. In a saucepan melt jaggery with the help of water. Once it has melted pour it into the oat mixture and add the oil. Mix well.
4. Transfer into a oven tin line with butter paper and make sure it is evenly distributed. Bake on low heat for 45 minutes to an hour. The granola will look soft when you take it out but it will crispen up a bit. Make sure you get them together in clusters.
5. Remove transfer into a large bowl. Add raisins, figs and prunes and mix until evenly distributed.
6. Let it cool before you store into a large jar.

Now eat © Cookaroo

7 comments:

  1. Your index looks wonderful and will be a great tool for the reader. I am already inspired :-)
    The granola is totally my type, can always be tweaked to taste..keep up the good things :-)

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    1. :) thank you ji. So kind you are. yes. totally tweakable recipe

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  2. Wish you a Happy New Year!
    I like your resolution of Eating Healthy, just being aware of what you put in the mouth does reflect on the scale

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    1. And to you too! I am trying to work on that aspect only :)

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  3. yep most store bought granolas are shit!!

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  4. Ruchira! You refer to baked yogurt often. Is there any particular recipe you could share. Speaking of recipes, maybe should look up one for a 'baked' yogurt cheesecake. Healthier than cream cheese, no?

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