Sunday, June 29, 2014

Homemade Granola

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Health buff?  No I'm not.  I prefer those nice pork meal oozing with juice or should I say pork fat.  I know its bad but fat is flavor, right?

I have this rolled oats sitting on our counter for some time now and I've been thinking what to do with it.  Just last week I've been watching some of Gordon Ramsay's cooking episode and his homemade granola struck me.  I have some stock of rolled oats and I have to make good use of it before it turns bad.  So granola for weekend, here we go.

I'm planning to buy some of the ingredients Saturday night for Sunday morning breakfast but I really had a terrible headache that went to bed early.  This afternoon, I decided to buy the ingredients to make this homemade granola.  I bought some dried cherries and pumpkin seeds.  Thanks to my friend I found out about this brand of shell-less pumpkin seeds.  I also found some pistachio nuts oin our pantry so I think these would be enough.

Basically, my granola is composed of cherries, pumpkin seeds, pistachio and rolled oats.  you can also add some rice crispies for added bite, some other type of nuts and dried fruits.  If you are feeling sinful, you can add some chocolate chips upon cooling.  Pour some fresh milk into it and you can satisfy your hunger without feeling guilty.

3 cups                     Rolled Oats
1 cup                       Pumpkin Seeds
1/2 cup                    Pistachio
1 teaspoon               Cinnamon
1/2 cup                    Honey
1/2 cup                    Chopped Dried Cherries


Preheat oven to 150 degrees Celsius.

Combine oats, pumpkin seeds, pistachio and cinnamon.  Mix until every ingredients are well incorporated.

Heat honey until it simmers.  The heat actually alters the honey's viscosity into that of water for quick mixing.  Pour hot honey into the dry ingredients and mix until everything is coated with honey.

Line baking pan with baking paper and arranged the oat mixture.  Bake in the oven for 15 minutes.  Stirring occasionally every 5 minutes.  Put out of the oven and cool completely.  Add chopped dried cherries and store in air tight container.

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