Granola is a popular breakfast staple and versatile snack, made from a combination of rolled oats, nuts, seeds, and sweeteners such as honey or maple syrup. Typically, these ingredients are tossed together and baked until golden brown, creating a delightful blend of flavors and textures. Granola boasts a wholesome and nutritious profile, offering a boost of fiber, vitamins, and minerals to help fuel the day ahead. Enjoy granola with milk, yogurt, or simply by the handful as a snack. Customize it by adding dried fruits or chocolate chips for a personal touch. Although store-bought granola is widely available, making it at home allows for full control of the ingredients and adjusting sweetness levels to suit each individual's preference.
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Granola FAQ
Granola is a versatile and nutritious ingredient that can be used for breakfast, snacks or even as a salad topping. Where many people go wrong is by underestimating the level of sugar in granola - not all granola is created equally and some store-bought varieties can be packed with hidden sugars. So, although granola is generally a good source of fibre and healthy fats, it's important to read labels carefully or better yet, make it at home where you have full control over the ingredients. To get the most out of granola, consider making it yourself - it's easier than you might think and allows you to include your favorite seeds, nuts, and dried fruits. You can also control the amount of sugar added, making it a much healthier option. Another trick is to use granola sparingly rather than making it the main part of your meal - it makes a great crunchy topping for yoghurt, oatmeal or salads. A little-known tip is to add granola to smoothies - it gives a nice texture contrast and added fibre. You can also experiment with different types of oats for a variation in texture: rolled oats will give a chewier granola while quick oats will make it more crispy.
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Expiration & Storage Tips
When does granola expire?
Typically, a bag of store-bought granola that hasn't been opened will remain fresh for about 6 to 8 months beyond the printed date. Once opened, it's best to consume it within 2 weeks for optimal quality and freshness. If you're storing homemade granola, ensure that it's fully cooled before putting it in an airtight container, where it can last for up to 2 weeks.
How do you tell if granola is bad?
Spoiled granola is usually recognizable by a change in smell and taste. If you notice an off smell - something musty, sour, or just not quite right, it's best to toss it. The taste will also be noticeably different, often becoming bitter. If you notice any signs of mold or any kind of insect activity, the granola should obviously not be consumed. Discoloration or a change in texture - such as dampness or sogginess - can also indicate that the granola is past its prime.
Tips for storing granola to extend shelf life
• Store granola in a cool, dark place in your kitchen such as a pantry, away from heat and light which can cause it to degrade more quickly. • Once opened, store your granola in an airtight container. This keeps moisture and pests away! • To extend the life of your granola, you can freeze it. Just place the granola in a freezer-friendly bag or container, squeeze out all the air, seal it, and place in the freezer. It can be stored this way for up to 6 months. When you're ready to eat, simply defrost it in the refrigerator or at room temperature. • Keeping hands clean and dry when handling granola helps prevent spoilage caused by bacteria or moisture introduced into the container.
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