Meet our staple breakfast: wholesome, healthy and delicious granola!
I discovered granola during a trip to an American grocery store where I was aimlessly browsing the aisles for some breakfast inspiration. After rows and rows of sugary cereals and pancake mixes, I chanced upon a pack of granola, freshly made at the in-house bakery. Not only did it taste fantastic (although much too sweet) but also kept me full until lunch. I thought about getting a refill but the hefty price tag ($10 a bag) and the sugar content kept me away. Instead, I decided to make my own. A little search on the Internet revealed that I didn’t really need a recipe and could use any combination of grains, nuts, seeds and sweeteners to create a version I liked. I decided to use oats and quinoa with a handful of pumpkin seeds, pistachio, blueberries and pecans mixed in with coconut oil and maple syrup. An hour in the oven and the kitchen smelled amazing. The homemade version was so much better- delicious, wholesome & extra crunchy. I was hooked.
Six years later and I am still baking granola and selling it under our brand, Sustenance, which I run with my friend & business partner, Neha. We are essentially an artisan food gifting company but also make a range of gluten free granola available to our customers on a subscription basis. If you walk into the Sustenance kitchen at any given point during the day or night, you will always find someone snacking on granola. We are addicts. We take pride in the fact that our granola tastes better and is healthier than any big brand version available in the market today. It’s gluten free, packed with nuts & seeds, 100% natural and sweetened with locally sourced organic honey. Each batch is hand mixed and baked at low temperatures to give it a nice crunch and toasty flavor.
Makes 10 servings
3 cups of rolled oats
1 cup of nuts, roughly chopped (pecan, almond, cashew or a combination of two)
1 cup of seeds (pumpkin, watermelon, sunflower)
1/4 cup sesame seeds (optional)
6 tbsp brown sugar (optional)
1 tsp ground flaxseed (if feeling virtuous)
1 tbsp salt
1 tsp spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger or a combination of two in 1:1 ratio)
1/2 cup oil (coconut, olive)
1/2 cup maple syrup/honey/agave syrup
1 cup dried fruits (apricots, figs, blueberries, cranberries, prune or a combination)