Friday, September 18, 2009

Going Away


What's your biggest fear when you are travelling? Losing your passport? Missing your flight?

Mine is getting stuck in a hotel room with nothing to eat except chips and bad chocolate. Which is why I always pack a bunch of granola bars and some nuts. Except this time I had a look at the list of ingredients and was super shocked at what goes into that granola bar. Just think of all that sugar and chemicals.

So I'm packing my own granola this time round. The recipe was inspired by smitten kitchen, but I've managed to change it beyond recognition. For one, I made granola not bars. And two, I made it on stovetop rather than switch on my oven.

But the basics remain the same. Mix a cup of rolled oats with 1/2 cup chopped almonds (I whizzed my almonds in the blender rather than chop them). Heat a non stick pan and add the oats-almond mix. Roast on a medium-low heat, stirring constantly until lightly toasted. Be very careful and take the pan off immediately if they start to brown. Mix in 1/4 cup of ground flax seeds. Now pour in 1/3 cup honey and mix well.

Add 1/2 cup dried fruits of your choice. I used golden raisins and dried black grapes, but anything you fancy works. Line a tray with waxed paper and pour the granola in. Cover with another sheet of waxed paper and let cool. Break up into chunks and pack into an airtight container.

Now I'm ready to face that hotel room. See you after a week.

11 comments:

Lebouffe said...

Great idea.. Happy journey :) Hope to c u back with loads of recipes to try out

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

Have a great time :) I've always wanted to make my own granola. Where did you find flax seed?

Curry Leaf said...

Healthy and yummy.I too love these but avoid the cornsyrup added commercial bars.Have an safe trip Simran.

Kitchen Flavours said...

Yummylicious....Have a safe trip amd enjoy...

Prathibha said...

hmmm...nice idea dearie...even I this next time...
Have a safe trip

notyet100 said...

wow,..u r so right,..even i don like eatin bhahar ka kahna everyday ,,,,these bites look um,..

Aparna said...

Love home-made granola. Have a great trip. And shopping too. :)

Parita said...

Enjoy your trip :)

Kanchan said...

hey,
First timer @ your blog !
Liked the way you describe stuffs other than recipes , seems refreshing !
Would be surely visiting again !

The Purple Foodie said...

Have a blast Simran. And show off all your loot when you're back! :D I have yet to make my own granola.

Bharti said...

Smart girl!
Nothing worse than bad chips and bad chocolate, I tell you.
Making it over stovetop sounds like a good idea.