Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Homemade Granola

When colleagues started going ‘healthy way’ and started having granola for breakfast regularly, I too was tempted with it. If not for breakfast, I can at least have it for snaks between meals. (err.. I am a foodie, as you know by now and I need a good breakfast to start my day). But every time I saw the pack in the counter in the super market, I would not be convinced to buy it one because of the rate and another because I wasn’t sure if I’d finish it, after buying one!
After searching through some blogs I realized that I don’t have to follow a ‘recipe’ to make granola, just the basics were needed. Since I had a pack of corn flakes to be used up and also a newly bought pack of flax seeds that I had to use, and also brown sugar that was not used from a long time, I set out to make it, and of course it was a breeze to prepare it, absolutely no preparation time, except that the 40 min of baking needs about 4-5 stirs in between.
I didn’t make it in very large quantity, but thought whatever I made would last for at least a week. But then I was surprised when all of it vanished just the second day! Of course I had taken a small jar for mom, who also liked it.
I can say it was much better than the one readily available and works out cheaper too... I’m looking forward to doubling the quantity and making again....
Homemade Granola

Preparation time
: 5 min
Baking Time : 40-45 min

Oats - 2 cups
Corn flakes - 1 cups
Flax seeds - ¼ cup
Almonds - ¼ cup, chopped
Cashews - ¼ cup
Raisins- ¼ cup
Honey - 2-3 Tbsp
Brown Sugar - 2 Tbsp
Butter - 3 tsp
Salt - a pinch

• Slightly toast the flax seeds and keep aside
• Chop the almonds into smaller pieces and keep aside
• Slightly crush the corn flakes, if you feel the flakes are too big
• Preheat the oven to 120 deg C (~250 deg F)
• In a large bowl, mix the oats, corn flakes, toasted flax seeds, chopped almonds
• In a small bowl, melt butter and mix honey and salt
• Add the wet mixture into the large bowl with dry ingredients
• Mix in the brown sugar
• Mix thoroughly so that the oats mixture is evenly coated with honey mixture
• Spread it evenly on a large baking tray and bake for 40-45 minutes
• Stir it every 10 minutes for baking to be even
• Once done, take it out and mix in the raising
• Cool completely and store it in a jar
• Enjoy the granola as is or with warm or old milk

Tips n Tricks:
• Use of toasted flax seeds makes it healthy and adds an extra crunch that I loved
• Use of brown sugar also added a nice texture to the granola that I didn’t find in the store bought
• Adjust the sweeteners as per your personal taste

• Any combination of dry fruits can be added - I had only the ones I have used. Using walnut instead of cashews makes it healthier
• Vegetable oil can be used instead or butter

Sending the Granola to Champa's Bake off.


  1. That looks awesome..I love all the ingredients here..

  2. wow, i too like to try this... but not getting the flax seeds. Soon will try. book marked...

  3. Nothing will beat the homemade granola, healthy and prefect for breakfast..

  4. Healhty and delicious..loved idea of cashews in it.

  5. This looks so delicious, love the way you presented.

  6. Homemade is always the best..loved all the ingredients n flavors going in there...great granola recipe :)

    US Masala

  7. Hey Sumana, looks delicious and is a good snack. You are trying out interesting stuff these days. Cool!!!


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