Homemade granola, at last – with homemade applesauce
I am not a big fan of store bought cereals. However I do stock whole wheat flakes and unsweetened cornflakes for breakfast in a hurry. Buying boxed cereals with sugar and salt overload are totally avoidable as the first meal of the day. Oats is another regular during breakfast hours. That is one thi
    Ingredients
    • 500g oatsRolled ( I used Saffola brand)
    • 2cups corn flakes wheatunsweetened or flakes
    • 1cup wheat bran( I used Baggrey’s )
    • 100g sesame seeds(or roughly 1/3rd cup)- lightly toasted in a wok ( for 1minute )
    • 1/2cup almonds sunflower seeds walnuts cashewsmixture of , , , – chopped in bits –
    • 1/2cup jaggery( dissolved in 1/2 cup water)
    • 2tbsps honey
    • 2tbsps sunflower or any neutral oil
    • 1cup applesauce( or make your own from 2-3apples)
    • 1tsp cinnamonpowder
    • 1tsp gingerdried powder
    • 1tsp salt
    • 1cup apricot raisins berriesmix of dried bits / / sultananas or any other dried
    Instructions
    1. Preheat the oven at 200 C.
    2. In the largest bowl you have, mix the oats, wheatflakes, nuts, toasted sesame seeds.
    3. In a medium bowl, mix the jaggery water, honey, oil, applesauce, ground ginger and cinnamon and salt.
    4. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients in the large bowl and mix with two serving spoons or with your hands, until the spices and liquids have thoroughly coated all of the cereals and nuts.
    5. Line the baking trays with aluminium foil.
    6. Distribute the granola mix between the two trays, pressing down well.
    7. Bake each tray for around 30 minutes at 200 C – keeping a watch that the granola is not burning. If it is browning too fast, turn the tray and reduce the temperature to 175 and bake till quite crisp.
    8. Once cool, break into bits or crumble, mix up the dried fruit and store in airtight container.
    Recipe Notes

    Note:

    Dissolve the 1/2 cup jaggery in 1/2 cup of water.

    To serve

    2 handfuls of granola or 1/2 cup with a cup of milk and some fresh fruit if you like.

    How to make applesauce

    Wash, peel and core 2-3 good apples.

    Chop into medium pieces and pressure cook with 1/2 cup water, either directly in the cooker or in a bowl for 5-7 minutes. ie. After three whistles, keep on sim for 5-7 minutes.

    After a few minutes, open cooker, remove the stewed apples and mash with a back of a ladle or in food processor.

    This will yield over a cup of applesauce.

    If you dont have a pressure cooker, follow the process in a saucepan with a fitting lid. Simmer for 20-30 minutes till apples are totally soft and then mash.