Happy Holidays to everyone! This is the season that most of us are probably waiting for. A time were the air is filled with merriment and unexplainable affinity with everyone. In line with the coming season, I decided to remake Qkatie’s Dad’s Granola recipe for the Holiday Season. Now, Granola may not sound so festive like fruit cakes or red wines, however in the simplest things we ought to find joy and I think I found mine with this simple and easy to make Granola.
Perfect for snacking, breakfast bowls or a healthier substitute to “cereals”. Qkatie’s Dad’s recipe used an oven to bake the granola, but our oven is separate from the stove and is powered by gas. That meant, we have to disconnect our stove from the gas tank and connect the oven with it. It is not an easy task and it would be time-consuming to do, so I had to rack my brains on how to make this yummy recipe and not spoil my left over unsalted peanuts. The solution, was to use a non-stick casserole or you may opt a skillet.
I made this recipe three times, before I decided to blog about it. I wanted to time the cooking of the oats. You know, “perfecting” it as they say, :-P, here we go:
No Bake: Homemade Granola
5 cups of Rolled Oats or Quick Cook Oats (my option)
A handful of nuts or depending on how many you’d like (You may try almonds, walnuts, peanuts, cashews and etc.)
A handful of chopped dates (pitted) and raisins or any dried fruit you like and set aside
A whole bar of 70% Unsweetened Dark Chocolate-roughly chopped (optional)
1/4 cup Olive Oil
3/4 cup Honey
In a bowl, mix the oats, nuts, olive oil and honey. Make sure that you mix it well until the oats and nuts get covered with the oil and honey. In a non-stick casserole, pour your mixture over low heat. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally every 2 minutes to ensure that the oats and nuts aren’t burnt. I like to set my timer and prepare the other ingredients at this time or watch Youtube videos. ^_^
After 10 minutes, turn off your stove pot and pour it in a bowl to cool. The oats would be at least golden brown. Let it sit for at least 20-30 minutes, occasionally stirring it. Then add your dried fruits and chocolates. Transfer it on a mason jar and place it on the fridge to cool completely. Then enjoy with a dollop of Greek Yogurt!
Some of the ingredients here are almost the same with Qkatie’s Dad’s recipe although the method of cooking is different. Mine would need you to use your arm power in stirring. But hey, it had good results as well. Check out below Qkatie’s video for this:
I hoped you liked it as much as I and Qkatie did!
Merci beaucoup et á bientôt!