Get eaisiest granola recipe on stovetop with quick oats. This recipe is sweetened with dates and brown sugar! Guess what you can make this in less than 20-minutes.
That's a super easy granola and quick granola recipe that can be made without oven on stovetop. Another reason that makes recipe special is use of dates that naturally sweetens the granola.
This granola has no added processed sugar. It relies on natural sweetness of dates and brown sugar.
Granola is high energy breakfast snack. It can also be used as a post workout snack too. Granola is basically made up of oats, nuts and a sweetener. Since, oats are slow energy releasing carbohydrates. They keep you full for longer duration that other carbohydrates. This makes granola very healthy compared to other snacks like chips and biscuits.
Always prefer homemade granola bar over store bought. As store both are laden with additives and sugars while homemade is fresh and laden with nutritional ingredients.
I targetted a variety of ingredients in this recipe from different groups, from dried fruits to seeds and to variety of fats. Feel free to swap ingredients to your taste and health preference.
- Oats: I used quick oats that are easily present in most homes. But if you have rolled oats or old fashioned oats in hand, use them for better crunch. As quick oats are thin and husky, that's why not best choice for making granola. Rolled oats and old fashioned will require extra minutes of roasting until they turn golden.
- Nuts: You can use any nuts, you like. I used a mix of nuts for a variety of nutrients like walnuts, almonds and cashew. You can also use pecan, pistachio, hazel nuts and pine nuts as well.
- Sesame seeds: I used sesame seeds. You may any seeds, you wish to incorporate in your diet like chia seeds, pumpkin seeds or flax seeds.
- Coconut: I used dessicated coconut. You can also use coconut flakes or dried coconut slices. You can skip coconut, if you don't like it.
- Fat: You use any fat of your choice, like coconut oil or any neutral oil. I prefer butter or ghee for thier nutritional benefits.
- Brown sugar: Brown sugar has delicious taste and works best. I've tried this recipe with jaggery as well which is better choice nutrition wise.
- Dates: Try to use soft variety of dates so it melt easily and provide natural sweetness.
- Raisins: Raisin is optional. You can use any dried fruit like sultana, dried apricot chunks, black currants, dried cherries or dried berries.
- Vanilla: Vanilla is more common flavor used in granola. If you like other flavor, you can use cardamom powder, saffron strands or cinnamon powder. Find more granola variation at Live The Easy Life.
How to make ?
- In a large bottomed pan or wok, dry roast quick oats for 2-3 minutes on medium heat until toasted. (If using rolled or old fashion oats, dry roast for 4-5 minutes until lightly golden.) Keep stirring constantly while roasting for even cooking.
- Then add almonds, sesame seeds and coconut. Cook for another 1-2 minutes on low heat and stir constantly. Transfer oats and nuts mixture to a bowl and set aside.
- In the same pan, mix brown with butter on medium heat.
- Then add dates, raisin and vanilla essence. Mix well.
- Wait until dates appear soft and melted.
- Then add roated oats and nuts mixture and remove from heat.
- Mix everything throughly. The granola will appear slightly stick.
- Spread the granola mixture on a tray lined with butter paper. And let it cool completely for 1 hour.
- Then transfer in an airtight jar and use as required.
How to use?
- You can eat on its own, spoon after spoon.
- Or use granola to make granola parfait.
- I'd love it as topping on my salad too.
- Granola can add texture to you fruit crisps, cookies, muffin or pancakes. Just switch some flour with granola.
- You can add this on your morning smootie or whipped yogurt.
Make granola bar
In this recipe, if you add ⅓-¼ cup honey and combine all ingredients and you can roll this granola into a bar, no baking is needed. Just let the mixture chill and then slices into bars.
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Stovetop Granola with Quick Oats & Dates
- 4 cup oats, quick cooking or rolled oats, see notes
- 1 cup mixed nuts, (like walnut, cashew, almonds) chopped
- 4 tablespoon sesame seeds
- 4 tablespoon desiccated coconut
- 6 tablespoon butter, see notes
- 1 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
- 16 large majdool dates, deseeded and chopped (good quality)
- ¼ cup raisins
- 1 tablespoon vanilla essence
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- In a pan, dry roast oats for 2-3 minutes on medium heat until toasted. Then add almonds, sesame seeds and coconut. Cook for another 1-2 minutes on low heat and stir constantly. Transfer oats to a bowl and set aside.
- In the same pan, melt jaggery with butter on medium heat. Then add dates, raisin and vanilla essence. Mix well and immediately add oats.
- Remove from heat and add honey. Mix everything throughly.
- Spread the granola mixture on a tray lined with butter paper. Press together with the help of a rolling pin.
- Keep in fridge for 1 hour until chilled. then cut into bars with a sharp knife. Store in an airtight jar.
You can add any nuts of your choice like walnuts, cashew, pistachio, pine or hazel nuts.
You can substitute raisin for dried cherries, cranberries or apricots.
You can substitute sesame seeds for flax seed or pumpkin seed.
You can also substitute honey for maple syrup.