Friday, June 3, 2011

Spicy Oats Mixture (Granola)

Incorporating oats in a diet is not easy,especially if you have picky kids or partner .The gooey texture  makes it less appealing for many of us,and limits it only as a breakfast option,well that is unless you try out this recipe .
 Low fat ,low calorie,high nutrition, oats blend.....mixture .....granola whatever you want to call it !,and also if you like oats you are going to love this recipe .

  • Oats  - 3 cups
  • walnuts and almonds(or nuts of your choice) - 1/4 cup
  • oil - 1 tbsp
  • applesauce - one 4 oz cup 
  • Cinnamon powder - 1tsp
  • red chilly powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Dates -about 10 ps 
  • vanilla extract - 1tsp
  • Agave or sugar - 3 tbs 
  • curry leaves - few 
  • coconut powder - 2 tbsp (optional)
  • salt -1 1/2 tsp

  • In a large bowl combine together the oats,nuts, Cinnamon powder and salt .
  • Add  red chilly powder, oil,curry leafs and combine with a spatula until well coated. 
  • add in the applesauce ,vanilla extract ,combine well with hands.
  • Add in the agave or sugar and mix well 
  • finally add the dates and mix
  • Line a tray with baking sheet 
  • spread the mixture evenly ,don't over crowd .Use two trays if required .
  • Bake on 375F  for 30 min ,mixing up every 10 minutes with a fork .
  • Once golden brown take out ,let cool and add the coconut powder.
  • store in an air tight container .
  • mix all the ingredients except coconut powder in a bowl
  • Heat a non stick pan on medium high
  • turn over the mixture in the pan
  • keep stirring the mixture until golden brown . 
  • Once done turn off the stove and add the coconut powder 
  • Cool and store in an air tight container 
Snack on anytime .Can also be used to make parfait with a hint of spice. This recipe is different from the store bought granola for they use butter as a binding agent  ,also they are loaded with sugars .Replacing butter with applesauce takes away all the unhealthy fat calories .Keep in touch with greenhouse cuisine for more healthy recipes .

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