Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Breakfast #16: Granola (with yogurt)

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I am very, very lucky that God saw it fit to bestow me with a mad love of all things grain-y and wheat-y, alongside my obsession with all thing pork and fatty. It’s really a mystery and a miracle, how the world works. My love for that which is supremely bad for me, is gracefully counter-balanced (I hope!) with my craving for healthy grains/wheat/oats. As much as I can wax poetic about chicharon and bacon, I can also pay the same tribute to things like bran flakes and muesli.

Bran flakes, muesli, granola, oatmeal…any form of grain, wheat, oat, grit, or grub. I love them all. Maybe even those I have yet to meet (and I do look forward to that meeting!). There is just something about their nutty, fiber-y personality that makes me keep coming back for more.

Their being good for me has nothing to do with my love. I don’t love foods because they are good or healthy, or part of the Super Duper Six. I love them because of their taste and texture…because of the way they make my taste buds smile when I have them. And this year I have decided to do just that – make my taste buds smile. No counting calories, no diets, no equations and conversions. And no referring to food as “carbs” and “protein” and “fat”. I’ll say their names loud and proud (Rice! Veal cheeks! Goose lard!). I’ll eat what I want, and not bother with what I don’t. I will listen to my body – its needs, and wants, and cravings. And hopefully, in the midst of this, I will find my own personal equilibrium – set by my body and its secret rhythms, and not by anyone else’s rules and regulations. In 2008, food will be my friend.

An ambitious goal, perhaps even dangerous, but I’m determined. So thank goodness that chicharon is not the only thing I like to eat!

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Granola
(Adapted from Market Manila)
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats (not instant or “quick”)
  • 1 1/4 cups nuts (I used a combination of walnuts, cashew, and fresh pili)
  • 1/4 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 1/2 cup dried fruit (I used a combination of dried figs, raisins, and dried mangoes)

- Mix the oats and nuts in a bowl – I used my hands.
- In a separate bowl mix the oil and the honey. Whisk briskly with a wire whisk until oil and honey become a homogenous, sticky syrup.
- Pour the honey/oil mixture onto the oats/nuts mixture and stir well until thoroughly blended.
- Place mixture on a foil-lined cookie sheet and spread out flat and even.
- Place pan in a 180-190C oven and roast for about 30 minutes. After the first 10 minutes, stir the mixture. Stir again once or twice before it’s done. Remove from the oven to cool (I transferred the granola to another cookie sheet lined with parchment paper to cool).
- When cool add the fruit and toss until combined. Store in a clean, dry, and airtight container.
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This recipe is based on this one from Marketman. I had bookmarked it eons ago and, in my usual hundred-years-to-action fashion, I only tried it now. But it is never too late for granola…even more so when it is as simple and as yummy as this! I halved most of the quantities here (I’m probably the only one going to be eating this in my place) and made it more a general formula than a strict recipe. I just indicated the volume for fruits and for nuts, and you can feel free to use whatever combinations of each your heart desires.

I had some to top my yogurt (as pictured here), and will be having future breakfasts with it in my cereal with milk, and sprinkled on my oatmeal. This is my first attempt at making granola from scratch and I must say, I am quite pleased :) I have even set some apart for my mom! I hope she likes it :)

Don’t forget! Deadline to submit your entries for this round of Hay Hay it’s Donna Day is this Saturday, January 26. The theme is Pizza and I can’t wait to see what you come up with! I have already received entries and I don’t envy those who will be doing the voting…they are all fantastic and the choice will be a tough one!

39 comments:

Manggy said...

DRIED MANGOES! Awesome. Pinoy granola. I am lucky I was not born with a liking for animal fat. Just the sight of the gelatinous, greasy stuff makes me gag. The other things, though (chocolate, custards, pastry), I unfortunately have :) My thing this 2008 is not to eat any dessert not made by me, or any candy bars for that matter. It was just my brother's birthday: we have an apple pie, a cake, and ice cream here. "Bahala kayong mag-ubos niyan," I say. I just ate the cake I made for my brother. They are having BIG problems finishing the desserts, heh heh.

Marvin said...

Although I share your love of all things porky and fatty, I do not have the same penchant for all things grainy. The only grains (besides rice) that I consume come in the form of beer. And somehow that isn't considered healthy either. Go figure;)

katrina said...

I'm like Manggy -- not that fond of porcine offerings, but addicted to dessert. So it's also a good thing that I, like you, love grains; haven't met one yet that I didn't enjoy, and I'm sure that would include the granola you made!

Congratulations on the decision you've made to befriend food, Joey! Based on experience, people who eat what they want are much happier overall than those who are always watching what they eat. :-)

Ruy said...

This is something my wife would love. You two have the same liking for foods that are both fatty and friendly.=)
Hmmm... I think I'll make this for her.
I'm not a wheat fan myself but your picures are so enticing I'm also tempted to give it a try.
Go fiber!

oggi said...

I'm also not into grainy stuff except for rice crispy treats but this granola recipe I like, specially the dried figs and mangoes.

zeph said...

What a way to start any day! Joey, do you think substituting honey with sugar free syrup (made from artificial sweetener) would also do the trick? Some of us, unfortunately, can't indulge in too many sweets. And in the rarest of times that we do, it would be in the form of the most guilty dessert ever made on this planet (grains, are definitely not part of it) :)

Tea said...

What lovely bright photos. Almost makes me want to wake up in the morning! (almost:-)

mtan said...

A friend used to tempt us with a jar of homemade granola, we'd trek all the way to Beijing from southern China just to have her husband's homemade granola. I haven't made my own granola in a long time, it's easy enough to make, and easy to store. And you can top it on so many good things (or bad things, maybe not chicharon, but hey who knows?).

toni said...

Oh delicious AND healthy! Super love granola. Yours looks super fresh and crunchy! Mmmm!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Manggy! Well, you gotta work with what you have right? ;) And dried mangoes are delicious in this! You are so lucky...I can go at a lechon long after people younger than me are already clutching the backs of their necks! There are 2 things though that I don't really enjoy (which I hope makes up for it, even just a bit): Candy and junk food. So I guess, it all plus and minus :) Fantastic and innovative resolution! I look forward to seeing all the things you can eat on your blog :)

Hi Marvin! Hahaha! Beer's not all that bad :) I prefer rum but my dad used to work in a big brewery here so I was always hearing stuff about this great brew :)

Hi Katrina! I'm hoping if I really listen to my body honestly that it won't lead me astray too much (fingers crossed!!!)...The granola is really yummy, had it again today :)

Hi Ruy! Go fiber -- I like that :) And nice to know there is someone out there like me :) I'm sure your wife would like this too!

Hi Oggi! This is good...I think you will like it...it has the sweetness and crunch that will distract you from its grainy ways ;) Leave the stuff like bran flakes to nuts like me :)

Hi Zeph! I have never used sugar free syrup but I don't see why it wouldn't work :) I'm sure you can substitute it! I wouldn't want to indulge in too many sweets either...because then they wouldn't seem as sweetly indulgent :) Only as much as I feel comfy with...

Hi Tea! Heehee :) I know the feeling! But you can have this for lunch as well...or even dessert with some ice cream :)

Hey M! That's quite a trek for granola...a testament to the goodness of homemade ones! :) Imagine: granola and dulce de leche sandwich (using pound cake)!

Hi Toni! It's really easy to make too :) Love it when things I enjoy just happen to also be super healthy :)

Pille said...

I decided just last night to make my own granola soon - and here you are, providing a simple recipe :)

christine said...

Yummy!!! I'm a big cereal/granola/muesli/oat/any grain freak too! And know how much I too love my yogurt. So this is just perfect! I love the addition of dried mangoes as well, oohh what I'd give to try your mix! :)

Dhanggit said...

i used to add dried mangoes too when i make my own granola, i also add some dried pineapples,papaya and even banana chips they are really good..but dried mangoes here are quite expensive..so im just back with normal stuffs like figs, apples, plums, raisins.. :-)

KJ said...

I really don't like granola much, but your photos are so lovely I almost want to try it.

Suzana said...

Great shots, Joey! Granola is not my thing but my hubby loves it. I'll surprise him with this nice and simple recipe of yours one of these mornings!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Your granola looks scrumptious! I also love all things seeds and cereals... Last week, I made a very similar granola. It is so fine that I can't stop eating it from the box ;-P!

Cheers,

Rosa

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

I meant "all things grainy and cerealy" ;-P...

Cheers,

Rosa

Meeta said...

I love granola and I think it is time to make my own. This is lovely Joey!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Pille! Always glad to be of service :)

Hi Nens! I know you are...one of the things we have in common :) You can try this my mix anytime!

Hi Dhanggit! The dried mangoes are so yummy...and actually the cheapest alternative over here, unlike dried figs, which cost much more, and I only used them because I already had them. Hmmm...we should barter! :)

Hi KJ! Thanks :)

Hi Suzana! You're a sweetie to make something you don't usually enjoy for your hubby! I'm sure he will like it...and it's really a snap to make :)

Hi Rosa! "Seeds and cereals" will do just fine :) I know what you mean, I keep picking at it too!

Hi Meeta! It's very easy and the rewards are so worth it :)

katiez said...

I don't see any reason why one cannot have granola with yogurt for breakfast...with a big side of crisp bacon. Works for me!

Marketmanila said...

Joey, looks great to me. And yes, I throw in just about any combination of dried fruits and nuts, including dried cranberries, golden raisins, dried apricots, etc... And it will keep in a tightly sealed jar for a couple of weeks. :)

Mahek said...

hi
Its always so good to see your blog
that was a great post , i have never prepared granola before but after reading your recipe i think i too will be making it.
I am not sure i will get all the seeds like sunflower,pumpkin etc but i can use dry fruits , and what can use instead of parchment paper

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

Great pics Joey!
I've been saying for ages that we should make our own granola, I hope this gives me the kick I need to just do it!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Katiez! Granola and yogurt, and some bacon on the side...a breakfast for champions! :)

Thanks MM! For all my reducing recipes because we never finish anything, the granola is going fast...and it's only me eating it!

Hi Mahek! Glad you liked the post :) You can use any combination or dried nuts/seeds that are available to you (and the fruits too of course). When roasting the granola you can use foil as well as parchment paper to line the cookie sheet...and you can cool it on the pan itself, or a separate non-stick pan :)

Hi Amanda! Thanks! You should...it's really easy and so worth it :)

chelley325 said...

I am planning on making this granola this weekend (it looks fabulous!)... I am allergic to nuts, however - what would you suggest as a substitution? Just more dried fruit/raisins? or something else, or just omit entirely? Thanks! :)

ChichaJo said...

Hi Chelley325! If you're allergic to nuts would you also be allergic to seeds like sunflower seeds, pepitas, sesame seeds? Sorry if I sound a bit ignorant but I really don't have experience with nut allergies! What about pine nuts? Or maybe a crunchy package cereal (in which case add that with the fruit after the roasting)? If you are allergic to all those then go ahead and skip the nuts and stick to dried fruit :) Wish I could be more help! Hope you enjoy the granola!

Katie said...

I too have a complete love of all grains, they are just so wholesome and comforting. Your granola looks divine and the perfect thing to munch on throughout the day.

chelley325 said...

Thanks for the suggestions Joey! The packaged cereal is actually a great idea. I think that Grape Nuts (which, despite its name, does NOT have nuts in it) would be a great option. I'll be making this today or tomorrow - can't wait to taste it!

Shalimar said...

something i really love paired with greek yoghurt...
am in athens tom.... ;-)

charchar said...

that looks great. i've been making granola with amy sherman's (from cooking with amy) recipe i found here: OneForTheTable

ChichaJo said...

Hi Katie! I'm having some right now with yogurt :) Nice to see another grain-lover here! :)

Hi Chelley325! Glad to be of help :) The Grape Nuts sound like a good addition...hope it all turns out well! :)

Hi Sha! Back to Greece for a while? That sounds fantastic! Have some Greek yogurt for me ok? :)

Hi Charchar! Thanks for sharing the link...the recipe sounds great! :)

Alexandra said...

wow that granola looks great!! and although I love things porky and fatty...I also crave for healthy things too...I adore salads and fresh fruit and grains!

ChichaJo said...

Thanks Alexandra! :) So you are a "balanced eater" like me huh? I love it! :)

Anonymous said...

it's delicious and I'll love it, but I've just heard that canola oil isn't that healthy...what do you think about it?

ChichaJo said...

Hi Anon! Hmmm...Really? I haven't heard that yet...I actually used vegetable oil for this batch (but that was just because I didn't have canola). What would be a good substitute you think? Although for someone like me who loves butter and animal fat, I think I may have worse things to worry about! :)

Meeta said...

Hey Joey - I have made granola many times before but when I mentioned that it is time to make my own - I meant using your recipe. Loved it by the way!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Meeta! Glad you enjoyed this recipe :) I have to make another batch myself!

Stephanie said...

Hi! I was looking for a great granola recipe, and yours is wonderful with the exception of the baking time and temperature. I converted to Fahrenheit, but about 20 minutes in, my granola was burnt. :( not good!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Stephanie! Sorry to hear that! Did you stir up the granola after the 1st 10 minutes (and every 10 minutes thereafter)? My oven at this time was not convection either (are you using fan-forced?) so that may also account for the difference...