Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Protein Packed Granola - Full of Lucky Charms !

Breakfast is the only time of day you can justify eating a mixing bowl full of Lucky Charms--unless you're stoned, then all bets are off !!!!!

Over the past decade or so millions health conscious around the world are changing their views on breakfast, dumping processed and sugary cereals and fried cooked breakfasts for healthier and more natural alternatives, after all breakfast is the most important meal of the day, it has to be special !!

Until now, breakfast cereals have been an unchallenged joy of modern capitalism, mothers were delighted for various type of readymade cereals when the mornings were hectic these were boon for them, just leave them on a table with pint of milk and family is sorted. Kids excited because cereal boxes were loaded with sugar and chocolate, but since then we 'the people' have gained so much knowledge on our health and food , opened our eyes and  now people want to eat healthy and filling breakfast and don't mind to go back to old style breakfasts and explore those much more healthier options.

Including me too, in those millions of people who wants to ditch unhealthy breakfasts and get into habit of eating good, protein packed and energy boosting breakfasts which gives you the pleasure  in having a breakfast. There are thousand and thousands of health experts, doctors, chefs and good TV programs and so much information available on the internet,which encourages you to creating a habit of eating healthy, millions of cook books and health cookery shows flooded with healthy recipes for you to try out.

Me and my family have been eating reasonably healthy, I follow my parents motto "eat everything but moderately" want to continue those habits, but want to make more efforts. So driving on this path, listening to health experts and gathering information from media, my appetite has grown for superfood which has extra nutritional and health benefits and I try to incorporate into more in our everyday diet.
In current era superfood have became a marketing success story, we are buying more and more superfood as now we have greater awareness around healthy eating and concurring with the natural food movement, everyone wants to try out their hands on few recipes which includes trendy foods, which comes with a high price tag, I have been making this protein packed and bursting with flavours, colours and energy boosting Granola.

Protein packed Granola, approved by my family is never enough for them, constantly preparing that in my kitchen. This wholesome, comforting and deliciously flavoured granola is a smart choice, whipping up your own by yourself is super easy, you are the boss and you know what went in , on top of that you can change flavours and ingredients how you like. Husband loves to have it in the morning as he always wants a quick fix breakfast, sometimes he adds as a toping on a plain cooked porridge or Weetabix too, daughter munches while studying and me and son like to stir it into yogurt and enjoy as healthy and yummy dessert :)
Once you start making it, you have plenty of room for creativity. This is a great granola recipe, put it in a fancy bag or jar and tie with festive ribbon and give it as gift to a foodie and be assured they will rave about your yummy granola !!!!!

You will need :-
  • 100 g jumbo rolled oats
  • 75 g popped Quinoa
  • 75 g popped amaranth
  • 50 g wheat germ
  • 75-80 ml maple syrup or honey
  • 2 tbsp. soft dark brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp. sunflower oil
  • 3-4 tbsp. desiccated coconut
  • 2 tbsp. coconut flakes
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon powder
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg powder
  • 1/2 tsp. cardamom powder
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. grated orange rind
  • 50 g mixed seeds ( I used sesame, sunflower, flaxseeds or linseed, pumpkin and chia )
  • 150 g mixed nuts ( Almonds, pecan cashews pistachio, brazil, hazel and walnuts )
  • 25 g dried cranberries and goji berries
  • 30 g raisins and sultanas
  • 50 g mixed dry fruit roughly chopped ( apricot, dates, fig, )

Method :-
Preheat the oven to gas mark 3.
Line one large roasting tray with parchment paper and leave it aside.
In a large bowl toss all the ingredients except oil, maple syrup and sugar , vanilla and dry fruit.
In another bowl whisk oil, sugar, vanilla and maple syrup.
Combine dry and wet ingredients till everything moisten very well.
Pour the mixture onto the roasting tray and spread it evenly.
Bake in the preheated oven for 15-18 minutes, giving it a good stir and swapping them about on their shelves half way through.
The granola should be light golden brown when cooked.
Remove and leave to cool completely and stir in berries and dry fruit.
Store in a airtight container.
Enjoy with milk, yogurt or have it on its own.

Puffed rice and natural bran can be added too.

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