Granola is one of those super healthy yet delicious foods which you can incorporate in your diet in so many different ways. While granola is so readily available in the market in different varieties, it interests me more to make it at home which gives me the power to customize it as per my liking and reduce rather eliminate the unwanted ingredients like oil and sugar to make it all the more healthier.
Granola can be added to your smoothies to make them more filling, add it to your yogurt parfaits or eat it right out of the box as a snack. I like to add granola to my breakfast cereal bowl accompanied by fruits, honey, chia seeds, flax seeds, peanut/almond butter and warm milk. You can choose to add cold milk too, its just that I do not prefer cold meals especially when it comes to breakfast! This is literally my breakfast 4-5 days a week and I do not seem to get enough of it.
Now I do not take credit for creating this amazing recipe. I have borrowed it from this blog Pick Up Limes which is run by this beautiful woman Sadia. I simply love her blog and have tried out so many interesting healthy recipes shared by her which are now my staple. Check out her blog if you haven’t already and you will definitely fall in love with her page.
Now, let’s dig into the recipe!
Healthy Homemade Granola
Healthy no-oil no-sugar granola recipe
Set the oven to 180C/300F.
Blend together dates and tahini with some water to get a smooth creamy paste.
Roughly chop the mixed nuts.
Add all the dry ingredients with chopped nuts in a large bowl and give them a mix.
To this, add the dates an tahini paste and mix everything evenly. You may want to use your hands for this step to make sure every dry ingredient is coated well.
Spread the mixture on a baking tray lined with baking paper. The layer should preferably be not very thick.
Bake for 30 mins stopping every 10 mins to give it a stir and flattening again This is to make sure that the granola is cooked from all sides.
You should be able to smell the cinnamon once baking is done. Let cool before breaking the layer.
Store in an air tight container for 2-3 weeks.
- While you might find the granola soft when its completely baked but it only turns crispy once cooled down.
- Try to get the organic versions of tahini, seeds, nuts, raisins and berries for a much healthier granola.
- If your dates are too hard or dry, soak them overnight before using.
- You can also do a combination of puffed rice and oats.
- Seeds should be raw and unsalted. If salted is the only option for you, skip salt from the ingredients.
- You know the drill, alter the ingredients to suit you more. If you are allergic to something, do not use it. there is no compulsory ingredients apart from dates, tahini and oats.
This is a great recipe to include whole foods in your diet in a delicious way. Give this a shot and you'll keep making it. If you do try, do let us know or instagram it with hastag #bestiesnotepad.
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