Its been some time since my last post. I haven’t ventured much into the kitchen.
Or when I have, I was not in the mood to stop to photograph.
Till this morning, I decided I wanted something crunchy on my oatmeal. I have to eat Oatmeal everyday. A large bowl of it. To aid lactation. It gets boring after a while. This crunchy fruit and nut granola was the simple topping that made me have that bowl.
There is nothing artificial about this. Just oatmeal, dried fruit, nuts and applesauce. Yes, applesauce instead of oil that is traditionally used. I got this idea from David Lebovitz Best Granola Recipe. apple sauce makes it crisp and extra crunchy.I added quinoa and chia seeds to the usual recipe for an extra protein boost.
There is nothing more easier and hands free to prepare than this.
Pre-heat oven, mix ingredients and toast for 40 minutes. Store in an airtight container.
Top over ice-cream, yogurt, oatmeal or just eat it as is for an afternoon snack. Crunchy, tasty, healthy. And so very Californian.
Give it a try tonight. Am sure your tomorrow’s bowl of oatmeal will thank you for it!
Quinoa and Chia Seed Granola Recipe
- 2 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup red quinoa
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1/4 cup chopped almonds
- 1/4 cup walnuts coarsely chopped
- 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1/4 cup chopped dried apricots
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup applesauce
1. Pre-heat oven to 300 F.
- In a bowl mix all the ingredients. Layer them on a baking tray or cookie sheet. Bake for 40 minutes turning every 10 minutes or so for even baking, till it is deep golden brown.
Remove and cool in the pan. Store in an airtight container.