Granola is a type of cold cereal made from rolled oats and an assortment of other ingredients. It was originally a trade name, during the health food craze of the 1800s, when the product was originally developed.
|Many companies make granola,
My favorites are Bare Naked Granola Fruit And Nut
Fruit and Nut is a delicious, soft-baked blend of whole grains, hearty nuts and tasty fruits.
My other favorite is La Brea Bakeries Granola it is fantastic!!
While rolled oats are the core of granola, they are far from the only ingredient. Other grains may be used as well for additional texture and nutrition, and dried fruit is a common ingredient as well. Seeds and nuts may be added as well to elevate the protein level of the granola.
These ingredients are toasted so that they are crispy, and stirred frequently so that they do not stick together. Some clumping usually naturally occurs, but these clumps are not allowed to get very large. After toasting and cooling, the granola is packed in airtight containers so that it will not become soggy or stale. It is an excellent idea to use an airtight container at home, as well, unless the granola is going to be consumed quickly.
Some people eat granola as a breakfast food, either plain or sprinkled on top of fresh fruit,yogurt, or milk. When granola is made as a health food, it can be an excellent breakfast, since it usually contains a good balance of and protein to start the day. Others may use granola as a quick snack food, since it often elevates energy levels. Hikers and campers tend to be particularly fond of granola, since it packs very well.