Kickstarting the day 2


Those of you who compromise on breakfast say ‘aye’! Well, I know a lot of you reading this are vigorously nodding. When I moved to Mumbai, though I still call it Bombay, and started working here, catching up with the hectic pace of this city left me breathless at times. Mornings were rushed because I’ve to be out of the house by 8am after finishing breakfast and packing our lunches. Evenings were crazier still, there was dinner to put together and the next day’s lunch to prepare. I’m not a morning person I chose to cook in the evenings after I returned from work. But all this left me tired. As hell. I waited for the weekends to unwind and then get into crazy mode once again! 
I’ve always been a breakfast person and the south Indian breakfast is a hands-down winner according to me. But on a daily basis there isn’t enough time to rustle this up. So I was looking for some easy breakfast options. Something I could make in advance and then use throughout the week. After the husband and I began making changes in our diet a couple of months ago, I knew I had to put the brakes on our consumption of bread, especially white bread and pav, it wasn’t easy but it isn’t impossible either. 
Granola was one of the things I experimented with. The beauty of this is that it is like a blank canvas, you can add whatever you like: Fancy some chocolate? Then add chocolate chips or cocoa powder. If you like nuts, then add a handful of this and that. Prefer the fruity kinds? Add some sun-dried fruit or maybe even a mashed banana. The possibilities are endless. And so are the ways to serve it – with milk, with yogurt, with fruit, with ice cream, as a smoothie topping, with ice cream, even. In the coming posts you will see a lot to do with breakfasts and I hope this inspires you to start your day healthy. Meanwhile, here’s the recipe for one of my favourite granola options. 
Buckwheat, oat & berry granola 
200 gms of oats 
3 tbsp of buckwheat powder (Kuttu ka atta, in Hindi) 
1/2 cup of mixed nuts, coarsely chopped
1 tsp of flaxseed
1/2 cup of dried, mixed berries ( I used blueberries, cranberries and strawberries) 
2 tbsp of Mapro’s Apple-Butterscotch syrup, you can use boiled, mashed apple/banana in place of this 
A pinch of salt 
Preheat the oven for about 10 minutes. 
Mix all the dry ingredients together. Now add the Apple-Butterscotch syrup and fold it in. The mixture should be thick and slightly lumpy. 
Spread this mixture on a lightly greased baking tray. Place in the oven and bake at 140 degrees celsius for about 10-15 minutes. Occasionally mix the granola as it is getting done. Remove from the oven, allow it to cool down completely. Put the granola in an airtight container and use as you like. 
*Since granola is very versatile, you can add anything you like to it. I’ve not added extra sugar as the berries and the Apple-Butterscotch syrup are both sweet by themselves
*While preheating, place the baking tray in the oven as well. As the tray heats up for about two minutes, remove it from the oven, grease and proceed
* In case you want to use other grains like bran, amaranth, etc. that is a good idea too
 

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