Friday, June 3, 2011

Granola


Yay... Winter is here!!!!
Its a nice change to wake up to a less than 10 degree Celcius every morning... I can tolerate cold days but not the hot sweltering heat.
The lawn and garden are greener... beautiful... Days like these makes me want to go out and soak in the winter sun with a cup of tea and a book or magazine in hand, or just potter around the vegetable patch... do some weeding...

Not only winter sun in Perth is gorgeous and beautiful... but the cold weather tend to make me go lurking in my larder, looking for my 'Comfort Food' too... I would snack a lot in winter.... Larder is my best friend when I am feeling peckish...my worst enemy to my waistline... sigh


See what I found... while rummaging through my larder...  a packet of sunflower seeds, pepitas, hazelnuts, almond, unfinished packet of dried cranberries and some oats. Looking at all the ingredients ...  homemade granola seems like a brilliant idea!!
It is so easy to make granola... measured everything by the cup... mix everything in a mixing bowl. Microwave honey and oil.... and pour into the raw ingredients... good to go into the oven...set the timer and voila...
I thought that I was doing OK with time... so I ventured out into my garden... with my ears trained to listen out to the oven's beep...
And the oven did beep... but....

I burnt my granola... what a bummer!!!frustrated
If only I'd listened to my mom's advice... to stay put in the kitchen, whenever I am cooking....

Tipped the whole pan into the rubbish bin.... quickly onto making my second batch... This time I stay put in my kitchen... eyes practically glued to the oven...
And the second batch turned out nice... golden, crunchy GRANOLA... healthy winter breakfast... as well as Healthy SNACK for me...


Recipe (adapted from Healthy Cooking ~ Fiona Hunter)
1 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup hazelnuts
1/2 cup almonds
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup cranberries
1/4 cup sultanas
  1. Pre heat the oven to 140C.
  2. Roughly chopped almonds and hazelnut.
  3. Mix seeds, oats and nuts in a mixing bowl. 
  4. Add canola oil and honey in a bowl. Microwave on HIGH for 20 seconds.
  5. Pour the honey mixture into the seeds mixture.
  6. Stir and mix well.
  7. Bake the granola for 20 minutes until its golden. Keep a close eye on your granola in the oven...
  8. Mix in cranberries and sultanahs (optional).
  9. Leave it to cool.
  10. Store in an airtight container.

30 comments:

  1. Yayness. I'm going to make granola once I am home again! It's just so crazy tasty! Homemade beats the old, commercial stuff by leaps and bounds.

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  2. I've been wanting to make my own granola as the store-bought one is too sweet and so oily. This looks great and the clicks are fantastic!

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  3. This is totally my breakfast everyday excpet weekends.Love the sweet satisfaction granola gives each morning :)First picture is gorgeous!

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  4. Charissa
    Totally with you on homemade granola... :D

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  5. Xioalu,
    ...and expensive too, more oats than nuts :)

    awwww... thank you dear :D

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  6. Tanvi
    I wish I could have granola everyday too :)

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  7. Didn't know you are from Perth too :) Found a friend now. I love granola, homemade ones. Happy baking and stay warm, sweet !!

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  8. I love winter too. I love spending more time outside than inside. I love taking the train to Perth city and melepak2,minum kopi while window shopping. I love dressing up in my many winter clothing and I love the smell of winter. And yes, I am in love now, with my winter...

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  9. Love homemade granola too. Yours looks really delicious.

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  10. Weng,
    Yes ... I am in Perth too :D

    So if you happened to bump into this 'Bogan' looking AhSoh/MakCik in the city or anywhere... do say hi ;)

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  11. Flower
    Nice kan... no annoying flies.
    Wah... I wish I have the luxury of lepak-ing in the city... I am always on the run with errands... Must make sometime and go lepak-king with you next time ;)

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  12. Angie,
    Homemade granola is wonderful...
    I can add all my favourites... more hazelnuts less oats ;)

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  13. Mothers are always right, seldom wrong. My mum too tells me the same thing as yours. Your second batch of granola come out fabulous.

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  14. This is a great sugar and butter free version. I have never made granola - I will try this. Thanks for the inspieration

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  15. Quay Po Cookks
    Agree with you.. and I kept telling my kids that too.. I am RIGHT!!! hehehe

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  16. Three-Cookies
    Happy Trying :D

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  17. Your blog looks great and the pics are amazing, look forward to checking out more
    Thanks!

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  18. delicious looking healthy granola

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  19. It's morning here and you make me feel healthy by looking at this :)

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  20. Your granola looks fabulous, love the idea of making your own. Beautiful pictures...came to visit you through Shaz :-) Your radish cakes look delicious...just reminded me of my mom's.
    Have a great week Lisa!

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  21. Foodness Gracious
    Looking forward to see you in my kitchen... ;D

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  22. tigerfish
    awwww... that's great :)

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  23. Juliana
    Its always 'Food'or sometimes songs that connects and reminded us of good memories..

    Have a great week ahead, Juliana :)

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  24. This is my kind of breakfast too...Yum!

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  25. These granola photos can go straight to a cover of a health food magazine - so beautiful !!

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  26. A healthy granola! I love that kind of breakfast food. Lovely and so addictive.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  27. Cooking rookie
    awwww... thank you for your kind encouragement

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  28. Rosa
    it was so addictive that my kids were snacking away ;)

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