Monday, June 20, 2011

Homemade Granola



I am living a fantasy life.. My mornings starts with  a press of a remote control.
Omy and me take up the balcony seats to watch Lightning McQueen loom towards the end line. Then, the wheels on the bus take us through the town and drop us at the Sodor island. Thomas and his friends pick us up to enjoy the beautiful scenery as we wind our way through the luscious green forest.  The venturesome ride makes us so sleepy but the neighbor old McDonald's farm animals keep making creepy noises. By evening, the 'angry birds', 'Talking Ben' and ABC's are hit so hard that they fail to make an appearance by night. So, a huddle of cars and trucks takes a stroll all over the house only to end up in a wreck. Bed time story books are my best friends now.. they help Omy gently fall asleep!
Peace regained! (amma's with a baby boy and a smart phone can easily draw a similar picture :D).


Anyways, Aipi's Granola recipe had been eating me up all this while.. I just wanted to get it done and grab a mouthful. Finally I took a break from the rides and tried it out! Honestly, I loved it.. the texture, the taste.. its a natural fat free snack which we can keep munching without regrets!

I added half a cup of cheerios to the original recipe.
Oats                2 cups
Honey             1 cup
Brown sugar   1/2 cup
cheerios          1/2 cup
Dry fruits, berries, cherries, dates, seeds of our choice - 1/2 cup each.
(I used 'Southern Grove's Trail mix and Fit  & Active's dry fruit medley combo, cut them into tiny pieces)
Oil                   1 tbsp
Vanilla extract 1 tsp

Heat the oil in medium flame.. add honey, sugar, vanilla and bring it to a boil. keep stirring till its done. Let it cool a bit.
Mix up all the rest ingredients along with this mixture.
Make sure everything is coated with the sugar mixture.
Spread it on a baking tray and pop it in the oven.
I gave it a stir every 5 minutes.
In 15 minutes my granola was ready. I took it out as soon as the oats became dark brown in color.

Let it cool and enjoy. 
I paired it up with chocolate icecream for Omy!!! He loved the creaminess and the crunch together!

As he says.. 'MAMMA YUMMY' :D


34 comments:

  1. So lovely to see ur son enjoying the granola...and during holidays my daughter also sits all the time in front of TV and I can feel the cartoon characters dancing in my living room :)

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  2. Lovely Rachu. It's been some time but the baby eating his snack makes up for it I guess.

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  3. Looks delicious , healthy too

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  4. Lovely breakfast dear:) your writing is such a nice read:) Love to c that your little prince is enjoying...
    Reva

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  5. Wat a wonderful,healthy and prefectly done granola..

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  6. this looks awesome! And Im getting jealous reading about your fantasy life :)

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  7. Granola looks superb n yummy..just love it..:)

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  8. oh my...looks so delicious..nice try dear..:P

    Tasty Appetite

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  9. nice post :-)
    Good to c your Prince enjoying this delicious looking granola. your first click is awesome !!

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  10. Superb ! It has turned out perfect for you.first time here..love to see you.

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  11. looks so yummy and healthy,nice clicks and lovely presentation.

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  12. Healthy and perfect..looks wonderful

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  13. Looks so delicious and nutritious..Definitely a guilt free granola to munch on..

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  14. Belated birthday wishes to Omy...loved loved reading the post..
    nice clicks too

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  15. Beautiful photos and a nice write up! Good to see your son enjoying the treat.

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  16. Loved the click of ur son enjoying this yummy and healthy granola...

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  17. awesome and delicious granola :)

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  18. wow Rachu dat is amazing clicks and thx for the recipe

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  19. looks awesome dear..lovely recipe.

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  20. hey what can I say, you already got the stamp of approval with the 'Mama yummy' :) Looks really nice Rachu and beautiful shots.
    US Masala

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  21. You guys are so blessed to have such wonderful moments of bonding....honestly! Whenever you post pictures of recipes, my eyes are searching for the ones with your little love...the best shot in all your posts!
    Mmm...granola looks yum!

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  22. really happy 2 see omy enjoying the food............nd he veats alone also......you are really lucky rachu..........

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  23. Ho wow!!! I can have the whole bowl in one go. Really yummy and I liked the idea of serving with icecream.

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    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  25. A healthy snack indeed...Awesome presentation tooo.....

    Resmi Renjit

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  27. Woww.. this is real healthy and yummy.. Awesome.. BTW.. where are you these days? :)

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