The word Granola was registered trademark for foods consisting of whole grain products crumbled and baked until crisp, in the late 19th century in the United States.
This is in contrast with muesli, the sort of contemporary invention, which is traditionally not sweetened or baked. Today the name is a trademark only in New Zealand and Australia and it’s owned by the Australian Health & Nutrition Association Ltd.
Granola is an excellent snack or breakfast idea which is popular around the world. It consists of rolled nuts, honey, oats, and usually puffed rice, which is often baked until it’s crisp. In order to maintain a loose, breakfast cereal-type consistency, the mixture is stirred during the baking process. Sometimes, dried fruits, such as dates and raisins are added. Besides being a great snack and/or breakfast food, granola is usually consumed by people who are backpacking, camping or hiking, since it’s high in calories, lightweight, and easy to store.
Because of these properties, it is similar to muesli. It is also usually combined into a bar form. In addition, granola is often eaten in combination with fruit (blueberries, strawberries, and/or bananas), honey, yogurt, milk and/or other forms of cereal. Also, it can be used as a topping for a number of desserts and pastries. Recipes which include flax seeds are usually used in order to improve digestion.
- 2 cups of sweetened shredded coconut
- ¾ cup of vegetable oil
- 1½ cups of small diced dried apricots
- 1 cup of dried cherries
- 1 cup of roasted, unsalted cashews
- 1 cup of dried cranberries
- 1 cup of small, diced, and dried figs
- ½ cup of good honey
- 4 cups of old-fashioned rolled oats
- 2 cups of sliced almonds
- First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Now, toss together almonds, coconut, and oats in a big bowl. Next, whisk together the honey and oil in a small bowl. In the next step, pour the liquids over the oat mixture. Now, take a wooden spoon and stir until all the oats and nuts are coated. Take 13 by 18 by 1-inch sheet pan and pour the mixture over it.
- Bake and occasionally stir with a spatula for about 45 minutes, until the mixture turns even, nice, golden brown. Remove the granola from the oven and let it cool while stirring occasionally. Now, add the figs, cherries, cashews, cranberries, and apricots. At the end, store the cooled granola in a container which is airtight.