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  I discovered granola two years ago when I researched healthy breakfast options. Granola was on the list. A little more research revealed that it was a baked food made from rolled oats, nuts, seeds and a sweetener. So, I bought some to see if it’s something I could include in my breakfast timetable. You see, when it comes to food selection, I don’t just pick foods because oyibo people talk say e dey healthy. I have to like the look and the taste of the food. Anyways, I liked the delicious taste of granola and its versatility.  However, it wasn’t what you’d call a cheap buy. One thousand six hundred naira can only buy 200g of granola, something you can munch finish in a twinkle of an eye. Thus, I decided to learn how to make it on my own because it’d be cheaper, of course, and more in quantity than the store-bought ones.
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Today’s granola is nutty and fruity. I used almonds and groundnuts for this recipe but you can use any nuts and even seeds of your choice. This granola was naturally sweetened with honey but you can use brown sugar or even maple syrup to sweeten yours. Lastly, I use raw nuts for my granola. Most recipes will just list the ingredients for you and you leave you to figure out this part by yourself. You will now go and use pre-roasted nuts and ruin the granola with the burnt taste of the nuts. So, appreciate me for saving you the stress. Lol. Ingredients 3 cups of rolled oats 2 Cups of Shredded Coconut 1 Cup of Almonds 1 Cup of Groundnuts  1/3 Cup of Honey 1/2 Cup of Chopped Dried Fruits 3 Tablespoons of Melted Butter.
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2 Teaspoons of Vanilla Extract 2 Teaspoons of Cinnamon (Optional) 2Teaspoons of Ginger (Optional) 1/2′ Teaspoon of Nutmeg (Optional) 1 teaspoon of Salt   Method of Preparation As I mentioned earlier, this recipe calls for raw groundnuts. Thus, pour the groundnuts into a tray and pick out the bad ones. Soak them in boiling water till the water changes its colour. Strain out the water. Add salt to the groundnuts then spread them in a tray and sun dry them. Set aside for later use.
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Preheat the oven to 350°F. Cover the baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside for later use. Pour the oats, almonds, groundnuts and salt into a clean, sizeable bowl. Set aside for later use. Add the spices (cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg) to the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, whisk the melted butter, honey and vanilla extract. Afterwards, drizzle the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients. Toss the ingredients to combine.  Transfer the mixed ingredients to the baking sheet and put it in the oven. Bake for fifteen minutes and take it out. Give the mixture a thorough stir. Afterwards, sprinkle the coconut evenly on top of the granola. Pop the granola mix back into the oven and bake for another five to eight minutes. You want the coconuts lightly toasted not burnt so monitor it closely. When the allotted time is up, take the granola out of the oven. Please note that the granola won’t be crunchy in texture right out of the oven.  So, allow it to cool for at least fifteen minutes. Stir in the dried fruits then use your hand to break the hardened granola into any shape of your choice. Your granola is ready. You can serve it immediately as a snack or you can store it in an airtight container for up to a month. Featured Image Source: Jessica Gavin
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This article was first published on 6th June 2022 and updated on June 14th, 2022 at 2:41 pm

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Udevi, Obiamaka Angela holds a Master of Arts degree in History & International Studies. She's a freelance writer with a passion for food and healthy living. She can be contacted through her email address, obiudevi@yahoo.com


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