Gondhoraj Lebu Granola

Ever since I got my hands on a Gondhoraj Lebu, I haven’t been able to stop myself squeezing it on everything, calling aloud to anyone in the room (mostly to myself, I’m afraid) about its luscious brightness. Contrary to the pervasive notion, the fruit is not a very juicy one. Strength is often required to extract its juice, however, the tiniest drop can pep up the dullest, most insipid food.

This granola has a delicate flavour; it is scented with limes rather than tingling with it. I would highly recommend pairing it with a mango smoothie, but I’m aware the season is over and in that case, passion fruit or pineapple should work incredibly well too.

What you will need – (To fill a 2 litre jar)
  • Rolled oats⁣ – 3 cups
  • Cashews⁣ – 1 cup, chopped
  • Almonds or Walnuts – 1 cup⁣, chopped
  • Creamy Peanut butter – 1/2 cup
  • Honey – 1/2 cup
  • Gondhoraj Lebu juice – 1/4 cup (sub with lime juice)
  • Gondhoraj Lebu zest – 1 tablespoon (sub with lime zest)
  • Sea salt⁣ – 1/2 teaspoon
Method –
  • Preheat oven to 150°C
  • Mix oats and nuts in a large bowl, set aside.
  • In another bowl, combine peanut butter, honey, salt, gondhoraj lebu juice and zest. Whisk together to make a smooth, runny concoction.
  • Add this to the bowl of oats and nuts, use a wooden spoon or spatula to coat everything evenly.
  • Spread the mixture on a baking sheet and bake for 30-35 mins, stirring once midway.
  • Once crunchy golden, take the sheet out of the oven and allow to cool completely.

Storage notes –

Store in an airtight container for 3-4 weeks

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Chocolate Orange Granola

Breakfast is the time to be a little self-indulgent. And nothing spells monotony like packaged cereal. I love having a big jar of granola in the kitchen, to eat over yogurt for breakfast, or as is, grasped by the handful, any time I pass the jar. If you think granola is cereal with pretensions, then I’m afraid we can’t be friends anymore. ⁣

The actual making of it is incredibly easy; the only big deal here is the shopping. 

What you will need – (To fill a 2.5 litre jar)
  1. Rolled oats⁣ – 3 cups
  2. Sunflower/pumpkin seeds⁣ – 1 cup
  3. Almonds/walnuts – 1 cup⁣
  4. Dried fruit (apricots, cranberry, figs) – 1 cup⁣
  5. Zest of 1 orange⁣
  6. Runny honey (or golden syrup)⁣ – ½ cup
  7. Orange juice⁣ – ½ cup
  8. Unsweetened cocoa powder⁣ – ⅓ cup
  9. Lime juice⁣ – 1 tsp
  10. Vegetable oil⁣ – 3 tablespoons
  11. Sea salt⁣ – 1 teaspoon
Method –
  • Mix oats, seeds and nuts in a large bowl.
  • In another bowl, combine honey, orange juice, lime juice, cocoa powder, oil, orange zest and salt. Stir well to make a paste.
  • Add this paste to the bowl of oats and nuts and mix thoroughly.
  • Spread the mixture evenly on a baking sheet and bake at 150°C for 35-40 mins or till perfectly crunchy, stirring occasionally. ⁣
  • Once cooled, add in dried fruit and mix. ⁣

Storage notes –

Store in an airtight container for 3-4 weeks

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Fully customisable home made granola

We’re all prone to stressful, rushed mornings and in the midst of all the madness, breakfast often gets neglected or perhaps skipped altogether. I find the idea of starting my day on a savoury note rather unsavoury. I simply can’t resist the siren song of sugar in the mornings (strictly natural unrefined sugar). The easiest way to not skip breakfast is to make it ahead of time.

Quick oats or instant oats are old-fashioned oats that go through further processing to decrease cooking time. They’re partially cooked by steaming and then rolled even thinner than old-fashioned oats. They cook within a few minutes and have a mild flavour. The soft, mushy texture has an uncanny baby-puke like mouthfeel that I just can’t get past.

Steel-cut oats are most closely related to the original, unprocessed oat groat. They’re made by chopping oat groats into tiny pieces using large steel blades. They have a coarser, chewier texture and nuttier flavour than rolled or quick oats. But they also take longer to prepare, with average cooking times varying 20–40 minutes.

I bulk buy steel cut oats and make a large batch of this super easy “Clear out the pantry” Granola. Its sweetened with honey, gets the crispness from peanut butter and is completely customisable. With just 10 mins of active involvement and 30 mins of the oven doing its thing, the granola ready to eat and lasts about 3 weeks.

Compare that to 10 mins on average per day for a month and quick oats don’t seem so quick anymore, do they? Healthy eating doesn’t have to be expensive or time consuming. Better food choices are always out there. We just need to look for them.

What you will need?
  1. Rolled oats – 1 1/2 cups
  2. Steel-cut oats – 1 1/2 cups
  3. Flax seeds – 1/4 cup
  4. Pumpkin seeds – 1/4 cup
  5. Chia seeds – 1/4 cup
  6. Sunflower seeds – 1/4 cup
  7. Almonds, chopped – 1 cup
  8. Peanut butter – 1/2 cup
  9. Honey – 1/2 cup
  10. Cranberries or any other dried fruit – as desired
Method –
  • Add oats, chopped almonds, nuts and seeds to a large bowl. Set aside
  • Mix honey and peanut butter to make a smooth, runny paste. (Add a little water if needed)
  • Add the honey-peanut butter mix to the bowl of oats and nuts. Stir well to combine.
  • Transfer mix to a lined baking tray and bake in a preheated oven at 180 degree celsius for 30-45 mins (or till the top is slightly browned). Be sure to take the tray out and turn it every 15 mins.
  • Let cool and break into chunks. Mix with your choice of dried fruit.
  • To serve, add in some fresh fruit, yogurt, smoothie or good ol’ milk and breakfast is ready in a jiffy.

Stores well in an airtight jar for up to 3 weeks.

For customisation –

You can use rolled oats or steel cut oats or both.
And add whatever nuts and seeds you currently have in your pantry.
Honey can be substituted with maple syrup or liquid jaggery.

Ensure a nut-seed to oat ratio of 2:4
Ensure a wet to dry ingredient ratio of 1:5

Some of my other favourite homemade granola flavours are dark chocolate and espresso, rose, lavender, cinnamon and chocolate-coconut.

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