5 Easy Ways You Can Add Granola To Your Diet

Suruchi Patwary , 02 Jul 2021
Yoghurt Granola Bowl By Stepanek Photography | www.shutterstock.com
Yoghurt Granola Bowl By Stepanek Photography | www.shutterstock.com

With the onset of monsoon this past week, all you may want to do is have a lazy day by your window, enjoying the calming sound of the raindrops and the cooling relief it brings. However, with most of us still working from home, it is essential that we keep our energy levels intact to stay motivated throughout the day. One way in which we can ensure this is by leading a healthy lifestyle with a strong focus on your nutrition intake.

Granola, for instance, is a go-to snacking option if you’re trying to stay healthy. Not only is it a micro-nutrient and protein-rich energy-boosting food that leaves you feeling full, but also provides fibre to maintain a healthier gut. Its versatility ensures we are never out of new and exciting snacking options for the kids, while its health benefits are greatly reassuring. The crunchy texture of baked oats, flavourful nuts and seeds make it a delectable snack that can be consumed any time of the day, experimented with different recipes.

So, we spoke to Ms Purvi Pugalia, Co-Founder of Munchilicious Granola to get some tips on how to add granola to our diet and know what are her favourite ways to do it. She recommends 5 recipes that you can enjoy at different intervals during the day, scroll down to check them out!

1. Your Window To The Day

Yoghurt & Dried Fruits Granola Bowl

Haven’t we all craved for an exciting breakfast that sets itself apart from the regular? Here is an easy way to make a granola bowl recipe that not only is a quick fix, but also the perfect start to your day. Filled with dried fruits, oats and yoghurt, this recipe leaves you energised and gives you the power to seize the day.

Yoghurt & Dried Fruits Granola Bowl
Yoghurt & Dried Fruits Granola Bowl

What You’ll Need

3/4th cup granola

1 cup fruits and dried fruits of your choice

1/2 cup yoghurt

Sliced and roasted coconut and chia seeds

Here’s How You Can Put It All Together

Step 1: Place the yoghurt in a bowl

Step 2: Add the fruits and dried fruits to it.

Step 3: Top it with granola, chia seeds and sliced coconut. Serve and enjoy!

2. The In-Betweens

Peanut Butter Rolls

Given the new normal of working from home, we often find ourselves running to the kitchen cabinet and never finding anything interesting to munch on. But with this recipe, we have got you covered. It will not only take 10 minutes to make but will also uplift your spirits with the first bite itself.

Peanut Butter Granola Rolls By Vladyslav Rasulov | www.shutterstock.com
Peanut Butter Granola Rolls By Vladyslav Rasulov | www.shutterstock.com

What You’ll Need

1 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup granola

1 tsp vanilla essence

1 tsp cinnamon (optional)

Salt to taste

Here’s How You Can Put It All Together

Step 1: Melt the peanut butter for 30 seconds on a pan to turn it into semi-liquid.

Step 2: Take the granola in a bowl and add cinnamon powder, salt, vanilla essence and peanut butter to it.

Step 3: Mix everything well and use an ice cream scoop or a big spoon to scoop out balls. Further, use your hand to make them firm.

Step 4: Cool these for 10 minutes and store them to enjoy whenever.

3. Your 4 PM Friend

Granola Energy Bites

Afternoons make everyone drowsy with only one thing on their mind—wanting to take a nap. Here’s a granola energy bites recipe that will instantly re-energise you to work with more efficiency.

Granola Energy Bars
Granola Energy Bars

Ingredients

2 cups granola

1 tbsp maple syrup

2 tbsp nut butter

Here’s How You Can Put It All Together

Step 1: In a large bowl, add the granola.

Step 2: Now add maple syrup and nut butter of your choice to it.

Step 3: Mix all the ingredients well and form the mixture into square shapes. Refrigerate them and voila!

4. The Healthy Evening Chaat

Desi Twist Bhel

This healthy chaat alternative does not compromise on its taste, while also serving as a perfect chai accompaniment on a rainy evening. This granola bhel recipe is definitely one you should consider exploring. We’ve made ours using the desi-twist from Munchilicious Granola. Remember to pick a savoury granola option for this one!

Desi Granola Twist Bhel
Desi Granola Twist Bhel

What You’ll Need

1 1/2 cup savoury granola

1/2 cup chopped tomatoes

1/2 cup chopped onion

1/2 cup chopped cucumber

1/4 cup chopped coriander

1 tsp chaat masala

1/4 tsp lemon juice

Salt to taste

Here’s How You Can Put It All Together

Step 1: Add your savoury granola to a bowl.

Step 2: Now add all the chopped vegetables to it. Top it with some chaat masala, salt and lemon to your taste and mix it all well. Serve with some coriander on top as garnish.

5. Your Guilt-Free Indulgence

Dark Chocolate Granola Bark

Desserts are a weak spot for most of us; but here’s how to make them guilt-free and tasty. This extremely easy dark chocolate granola bark recipe can instantly satisfy all your sweet cravings.

Dark Chocolate Granola Bar
Dark Chocolate Granola Bar

What You’ll Need

1/2 cup dark Munchilicious Granola dark chocolate

1/2 cup dark chocolate or milk chocolate

1/2 cup golden raisins

1/2 cup dried cranberries

Here’s How You Can Put It All Together

Step 1: Double boil the chocolate on a medium flame. Add the dark chocolate granola to it and stir.

Step 2: Mix in the other ingredients.

Step 3: Scrape the chocolate bark mix onto the sheet and spread it in a 1/2 inch thick layer.

Step 4: Let the dark chocolate granola bark cool to room temperature, then refrigerate it for at least 3 hours.

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