Sadhana in her words:
When Swathi asked me to do a Guest Post for her blog, I surely was super excited. I totally love her recipes and especially her step by step photo graphs. It took me a while to decide which when to share and then finally decided on this Granola Bars. Because I know for sure she loves baking from all those yummy bakes in her collection. Also I thought the bake should be sweet to celebrate the arrival of Swathi’s new born. So let’s get on to this simple and easy to make recipe. If you buy store brought granola bars then this recipe is for you. If you include Oats and Wheat in your diet, this recipe is a sure keeper.
Preparation Time – 20 Minutes
Cooking Time – 30 Minutes
Serves – 12 to 14 Pieces
Old fashioned Oats - 2 Cups
Pumpkin Seeds - ½ Cup (Unsalted & raw)
Chopped Almonds - ¼ Cup
Chia powder - ¼ cup
Wheat flour - ¼ Cup
Raisins – ¼ cup Cup
Chopped apricots - ¼ Cup
Chopped dates - ¼ Cup
Raw sugar - ¼ cup
Coconut Oil - ¼ cup
Maple syrup - ½ Cup (You can substitute Honey for Maple Syrup also)
Cinnamon Powder – 1 teaspoon
1) Preheat oven to 350 Degrees Fahrenheit and toast the Pumpkin Seeds, Almonds, Oats for 10 – 15 Minutes till they slightly brown. Stir in between to make sure, the content is evenly roasted.
2) Set the mixture to cool down. Once it cooled enough add the raisins, apricots, dates, chia powder, cinnamon powder, wheat flour and keep it aside.
3) In a wide bottomed pan add the raw sugar, maple syrup, oil and warm stirring in between so that the sugar dissolves completely and the mixture is bubbly.
4) Preheat an oven to 300 Degrees Fahrenheit and line a 9 inch baking pan with parchment paper and set it aside.
5) Now the switch off the maple mixture and add the Oats mixture to it and stir fast to make sure the oat mixture is thoroughly coated with the wet ingredient.
6) Now transfer this mixture to the baking pan and using a spatula even it out on the top and bake for 20-25 minutes.
7) Remove from the baking oven and leave this to completely cool.
8) Once cold enough to handle, cut evenly in to 12-14 pieces of equal size.
9) Keeps good in room temperature for at least 7 days.
So Swathi thanks once again for giving me an opportunity for doing the Guest post.
Thanks for Sadhana for this wonderful healthy recipe.
Next week stay tuned for another great post from The 21st century housewife
This is Swathi ( Dr. Ambujom Saraswathy Ph.D) from Zesty South Indian Kitchen who loves to explore cuisines from all over the world. Whenever possible I try to to give an Indian touch to several of the world cuisine, and has weakness for freshly baked bread. All the recipes you see here are created by me and approved after taste-test by my family.