Microwave Granola in 10 minutes

Last year around this time I made my first batch of microwave granola and there was no stopping. I used to watch all my favourite bloggers sharing their homemade granola mix mentioning that it is the best and better than store-bought. Even if I want to get store-bought, Yanbu supermarket had none. :-) But after many months I discovered Harvest Granola cartons in Star Supermarket and it wasn't cheap. Yet I used to buy and use it like gold, not for too long though. The rolled oats started to show up in Al Raya supermarket aisles and I was the happiest soul that day. Little joys of Yanbu days...

You need rolled oats to make granola as it can endure all the things we put them through... :-) I first tried the stove-top method and for the next batch, I tried the microwave method because I didn't own an oven then. I tried different recipe ratio from my fav bloggers like Laura, Sally and Nagi and tweaked it to suit my microwave method.

Microwave Granola in 10 minutes

I have made several batches for friends and family with so many flavour combinations and never got to click decent pictures of those. But what makes me happy is when they eat and tell me it was definitely better than store-bought! 

Some of the flavour combinations that I tried so far are:
  • Trail mix with sunflower seed butter
  • Peanuts and Peanut butter
  • Date paste and cinnamon chips
  • Lady/Earl grey and dried goji berries 
  • Mixed dried fruits and dried cranberries 
  • Almonds and Chocolate
The method for making tea flavoured granola is different from this, so I will try to share in a separate post about the Earl Grey Granola.


How to make granola in a microwave?

In short, the process of making granola in a microwave involves the same steps of making the mixture and when ready you will spread the mixture in a microwavable large pan, something similar to this Oval Baking Dish and microwave on full power in 2 minutes increment up to 10 minutes. Stirring the mixture end of every 2 minutes for even browning. Remove, let cool and stir in the dried fruits. 

If you don't have a large pan, you can microwave the granola in batches in a smaller pan. This is not a cake batter :-P it can stay for until the first batch is out in 10 minutes. 

The shelf life of granola depends on your usage. Mine was over within 2 weeks. If you have plans to keep it for long, then you can store in the freezer too.

Microwave Granola in 10 minutes

Microwave Granola in 10 minutes

INGREDIENTS

Dry Ingredients:
3 cups rolled oats
1 cup raw nuts/seeds (eg. almonds, cashews, pecans, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, sesame seeds)
1 teaspoon favourite spice  (eg. cinnamon, cardamom, saffron etc )
1/4 cup brown sugar
a pinch of salt

Wet Ingredients:
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup your favourite nut butter (peanut butter, almond butter or sunflower seed butter etc)
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 egg white, whisked (optional but recommended)

Stir-in:
1 cup dried fruits  (eg. dates, berries, goji berries, cranberries, raisins, apricots, etc)

Optional Stir-in:
1/2 cup chocolate chips or cinnamon chips

Microwave Granola in 10 minutes

METHOD

  1. Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl
  2. Mix all the wet ingredients in another bowl
  3. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until every grain is coated
  4. Taste and adjust the sweetness and spice
  5. Spread on a microwavable pan and microwave for 2 minutes on full power 100%
  6. Open and stir the mixture and microwave again for 2 minutes and repeat this 4 to 5 times (up to 10 minutes) Now, every oven is different so you may not need 10 minutes or maybe more than 10 minutes depending on your microwave model. 
  7. Granola would start to change colour to golden brown but will still be soft. It will get crispy only once cooled completely
  8. Remove from microwave and transfer the hot granola on another wider pan to cool it down faster and prevent any burning from residue heat in the pan
  9. Stir in the dried fruits and/or chocolate chips
  10. Store in an airtight container
  11. Serve with yoghurt or milk or eat as is! 
Microwave Granola in 10 minutes

These images are of the last batch of granola I had made in my kitchen in Yanbu. Now that I have an oven here in Abu Dhabi, I will try a batch in the oven and keep you all posted. InshaAllah!

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