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Granola is one of the most simplest, whole some and nourishing breakfast you can have to kick start your day! A perfect change to the ready cereals in the market and more heathy as well. The first time I had these was when I was at a retreat in a yoga ashram. The breakfast was so simple and one of the dishes that I enjoyed thoroughly was these granola's that I relished with fresh yogurt and fruit compotes. My children love these as well. I serve it to them along with milk and freshly cut fruits and dry fruits.
4 cups old fashioned jumbo rolled oats if you have the instant version you can use that as well
1 cup of fresh grated coconut
1/2 cup finely chopped almonds
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
1/2 cup cocoa
1/2 cup apple sauce or orange juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
dry fruits like chopped dates, chopped fings, raisins, apricots, prunes, caranberries, etc can be added just before serving. When you premix and keep them along with the granola they tend to get dry and chewy and rubbery, which is not a desired texture you want to have.
Preheat the oven to 175 C.
Combine the oats, coconut, almonds, walnuts and cocoa together in a large bowl. In another small bowl whisk the apple sauce, oil, honey, cinnamon and vanilla extract and keep aside. Pour the liquids over the oat mixture and stir with a large spoon until all the oats and nuts are coated.
Spread the oats mixture into a baking pan of 13 by 18 dimensions. Place the tray in the preheated oven and bake, stirring occasionally with a spatula, until the mixture turns a light golden brown and crisp about 45 minutes.
Remove the granola from the oven and allow to cool, stirring occasionally during the cooling process. Store the cooled granola in an airtight container and serve along with milk or yogurt, topped with dried fruits and fresh fruit compotes.