Rooma Panchmatia

In my quest to move towards healthy and nutritious food, I wanted to get rid of store-bought sugar laden granolas and find a suitable substitute which can be made at home.

 

I went around the web world and came across a plethora of recipes. Most of them have these basic ingredients:

 

  • Rolled Oats – as the base
  • Nuts
  • Dried fruits
  • A sweetener – honey or maple syrup
  • Oil or butter
  • Spices (optional)

 

You can play around with these ingredients, but I found that ratio of dried ingredients vs wet ingredients is important because you want nicely toasted granola which does not stick and lump together. It must be free flowing!

 

You need:

 

  • 5 cups of rolled oats
  • ½ cup of mixed nuts – I used cashews, pistachios and pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • ½ cup dried fruits – I used raisins, dates and figs
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp chocolate chips (On special request from my little one!)

 

  1. Melt butter in the microwave. Mix it with the honey.
  2. Measure the rolled oats and nuts into a bowl.
  3. Add cinnamon and butter–honey mix and nicely mix it all together. I like to gently massage it with my hands as well to ensure its evenly coated.
  4. Spread it around in a lined baking tray and pop it in the oven for about 25-30 mins at 180 degrees. At about 15 mins I took it out of the oven and gave it a light stir. Keep a close eye on it after 20 mins since granola browns more quickly when made with honey. The granola will crisp up as it cools.
  5. Let it cool completely before stirring in dried fruits and chocolate chips.
  6. Singapore is humid so store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator.