My family has recently gotten into granola in a big way. Its a nice, hearty breakfast for those days when we need something snappy. From the Ayurvedic perspective it is a bit dry for some people (such as myself) whose bodies predominate in cold and dry energies, and so I soak mine in warm almond milk to make it more nourishing for my system.
I started making my own granola when I once tried to buy it, and was appalled at the price- at least for the balanced, clean kind that I wanted. Over the last year I have been playing with it a bunch, and this is where it has settled.
4 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup jaggery syrup or maple syrup
3/4 cup nuts and seeds (I use a mix of hazelnuts, pecans, sunflower seeds, black sesame seeds, cashews and almonds)
1/4 cup dried fruit ( I use raisins and apricots cut into pieces)
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
1/2 tsp dried ginger powder
Toss everything together in a large mixing bowl (except the cinnamon and ginger, and the dried fruit).
Spread it out into a flat baking tray.
Bake in the oven at 350 degree for 20 minutes, and stir once at the halfway point.
Once out, it will keep cooking, and dry out a bit more.
As soon as I pull it out, I add my powdered spices and the dried fruit for them all to integrate together.
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