Granola a zillion way

It is not just kids who get their heads turned by TV.
My hubby recorded and watched half a dozen Seinfeld episodes and then started longing for the zillion cereal boxes he saw stalked on the fridge.  Probably harking back to student days at UT Austin or pre-baby working days in Dallas.  I am on a minimum Carbon Footprint endeavour, I decided to make Granola at home and keep bottles of it stashed away for the pre-breakfast, post-dinner hunger pangs.
My younger son insists on a bowl everyday.  Older prefers Chocos which are a rare treat.
The recipe is very simple:
  1. 1 cup oats, NOT the quick cooking kind
  2. 2 cups of Millet/Brown Rice Flakes(Aval)/Maize Flakes or combination
  3. 1 cup of popped Amaranth seeds (Optional)
  4. 1/2 cup Oat/Wheat Bran or 1/3 popped bengal gram ground to a fine powder
  5. 1/4 cup flax seeds ground to a powder
  6. 1/3 cup almonds/walnuts/pistachio or combinations
  7. 1/3 cup sunflower seeds/ melon seeds/ pumpkin seeds (Optional)
  8. 1/2 cup light honey
  9. 1/4 cup sunflower oil
  10.  1/3 cup cocoa + 1/4 cup brown sugar (Optional)
  11. Vanilla essence or Cinnamon powder or Cinnamon+Nutmeg+Cardamom
  12. 1/2 - 1 cup raisins/dates/cranberries/apricots dry or combination

Preheat oven to 150 deg C
Line a baking tray with parchment
Mix items 1 to 7 together in a bowl.
Warm the oil and honey together over a very low flame.
Pour into bowl and mix thoroughly.
Add items 10,11 if using and mix
Pour into baking tray, spread evenly.
Bake for 1 hour, tossing every 10 - 15 minutes until everything smells nice and toasty.
Let cool.  Add dry fruits.  Pour into a glass bottle and close tightly.
Serve with Chilled milk.

Nilgiris stacks all rolled grains:  Ragi, Bajra, Cholam

FabIndia stocks Popped Amaranth in the south
Econut, BesantNagar sells organic Oats

Scary looking but Awesome

Ready to Take out

My 3 year old enjoying

I am posting this to the Bake Fest # 17 hosted by Sayantani of a Homemaker's Diary, started by Varadhini of cook's joy.

This is a rather odd addition to a baking round up, but probably the healthiest ;)

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