Granola, also known as Meusli, was first touted as a health food. The nuts and grains provided quick energy, fiber and protein to runners and adventurers of every type. Today granola is enjoyed not only for its healthy properties, but also just for the enjoyment of the taste and texture.
Making your own granola may seem like an overwhelming task, but you can mix it at home very easily rather than purchasing the commercial kind that uses a ribbon mixer to blend everything together. All you need is a wooden spoon and an oven. Throw a couple handfuls of any of the following to achieve the unique flavor you enjoy.
Oats are very common in granola, due to their ease of use. Other toasted grains such as millet or rice cereal are also an enjoyable texture and flavor addition.
Dried fruits of many kinds add a nice chew and a sweet flavor to the mix, as well as a quick source of ready energy. Light or dark raisins, dried bananas and coconut are the most common. Dried pineapple, apricots or papaya are also enjoyable in granola.
Nuts and Seeds
Slivered or sliced almonds are a popular choice for most people, but add pumpkin or sunflower seeds, chopped cashews, walnuts or peanuts if those are more to your liking. Add plenty, as that is the main protein source as well as adding a nice crunch. Make sure to toast the nuts first to bring out the most flavor.
Flavorings and Binders
You can add flavor by injecting vanilla, cinnamon, honey or maple sugar or syrup to your granola. Brown sugar is also a great flavor addition. A bit of oil is often used to help toast up the granola, which is baked after mixing to help achieve the crunchy nuttiness that it is knows for.
Don’t be afraid to tackle the wonderful goodness of homemade granola. It is simple to make, versatile and makes a great snack or breakfast.