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Homemade Granola!!

Homemade Granola!!

Hi everyone…I am glad to be back blogging, I hope you’ll are doing well, I am doing good too.

Let me start with saying this – Why didn’t I did this earlier?. Seriously this the first thing came in my mind after trying out this homemade granola. It’s delicious and so easy to make that you will never go back to the boxed cereal. It was my first time making granola and I’ll be sure to do it again.  This homemade granola is that good and ADDICTIVE! This homemade granola is a wonderful mixture of grains, nuts, fruits and hint of chocolate.

Don’t feel intimidated by the long list of ingredients, it is all just measure, mix and bake and the delicious results are very well worth. It’s also a fun recipe for kids to help measure and mix. On top of that what I like the most is you can substitute whatever ingredients you like… the kind of flavor you want to add (or not add), and which ingredients you have on hand.

I love this in a bowl of yogurt and some berries on top. On the other hand hubby likes to have this with cold milk or just as a snack. And to my little one he loves to pick all the cranberries and chocolate chips when he sees the jar open…:)

Homemade Granola!!

Homemade Granola!!

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • ½ cup slivered almonds
  • ½ cup coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 2 tbsp unsalted sunflower seeds
  • 2 tbsp unsalted pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup light olive oil, vegetable oil,or canola oil
  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 cup dried fruits (such as cranberries, cherries, chopped apricots, etc.)
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips(I have used both white and dark chocolate)

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  •  Combine oats, almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl and mix.
  •  In a small bowl, whisk honey, oil and vanilla extract together until combined. Pour over dry ingredients and mix well. Spread mixture evenly onto prepared baking sheet and bake for about 20-25 minutes, stirring and re-spreading a few times with a spatula, until entire mixture is medium golden brown. Watch carefully, it burns quickly and will brown first in the corners and on the bottom.
  •  Remove the granola from the oven and allow to cool on wire rack, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the apricots, cranberries, cherries and the chocolate chips.
  • Store the cooled  granola in an airtight container in refrigerator. It will keep for several weeks. Enjoy!!
Homemade Granola!!

Homemade Granola!!

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I love baking and I think it’s an exotic art. I still remember the first time I tried baking a cake with store-bought mix that turned out to be a disaster.But I never gave up and tried my hands on this art slowly and progressively. It’s really wonderful to see your gooey-doughey stuff placed in the oven turns into something  incredibly delicious! Once you get hold of this art, it’s an addiction that’s hard to get rid of.There are days when I will bake two to three days in a row. Having a passion for baking can sometimes be tricky when there is only two of us eating my baked goodies.

The other day I was in a mood to bake some cookies. Cookies are very simple and easy to make and there is endless combination you can do with a cookies. I love oatmeal cookies and peanut butter cookies, so I have decided to combine these two with some chocolate chips and cranberries. And I’m glad I did, because these cookies were totally irresistible. And the texture on these cookies are magical! Soft and tender inside and outside, with just a bit of texture from the oats, and packed with peanut butter and chocolate-cranberry flavor. Ahh!! total Bliss!! These cookies are easy to put together and in less than an hour, you’ll have a batch of fresh and irresistible cookies. As you can see these are big monster cookies. I’m saying just one will fill you up. You could push for two, but one was really plenty for me.

Peanut-Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cranberry Cookies

Peanut-Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cranberry Cookies

Peanut-Butter Oatmeal Chocolate chips Cranberry Cookies

Peanut-Butter Oatmeal Chocolate chips Cranberry Cookies

Ingredients:

Recipe Yields : 15-16 cookies

Recipe Adapted from: Browneyedbaker

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
  •  1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  •  1/3 cup light brown sugar
  •  1 teaspoon baking soda
  •  1/4 teaspoon salt
  •  1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  •  1 egg at room temperature
  •  1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  •  1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Stir together oats, flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl; set aside.
  • In the bowl of a electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter, peanut butter, sugars and vanilla on medium speed until light and fluffy and pale in color, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Add the egg to the bowl and beat to combine.  With the mixer on low-speed, gradually add the flour mixture, beating just until combined.  Stir in the chocolate chips and cranberries .
  • Using a tablespoon(take approx 2 tablespoon of dough) or an ice cream scoop, drop balls of dough 2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake cookies, rotating sheets halfway through, until golden brown and just set, 13 to 15 minutes. Let cool on sheets on wire racks 5 minutes. Transfer cookies to wire racks to cool completely.
Peanut-Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cranberry Cookies

Peanut-Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cranberry Cookies

Peanut-Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cranberry Cookies

Peanut-Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cranberry Cookies