Granola seems to be the new choice of breakfast, a tasty and scrumptious crunchy textured cereal that can be made at home too. Granola considered a breakfast as well as a snack food. It basically consists of rolled oats, honey, nuts. The general texture is pretty crispy and Granola is usually baked until crispy. While baking the mixture is stirred so that the pieces are loose and in a cereal like consistency. Dried fruits, such as dates, figs, apricots and raisins can also be added to create more sweetness.
The great thing about granola is that its tastes so great and this has made it the rage now. It is a healthier snack than other products that are over packaged and under nourishing, supermarkets are filled with non wholesome products likes these. In comparison granola is much more wholesome and provides much more goodness.
It’s a healthy breakfast cereal and tastes great in combination with yogurt as well as chopped fruits likes berries, bananas and cherries. You can also include some seeds like pumpkin, flax and hemp to make it even more nutritious. It’s a great snack for sports too as it high energy food and makes it the ideal food for hiking, trekking and for people who like backpacking. It’s lightweight, easy to store and lasts a while so it’s perfect to take while on the go.
Originally Called Granula
Granola can also be used for desserts and pastries as it tastes that good. Although you can eat granola as a cereal, the bars seem to be more popular. Granola was originally called Granula and this was first made in 1894 in New York by Dr James Caleb Jackson at the Jackson Sanatorium. This used to be a prominent health spa that operated into the early twentieth century and was perched on a hillside. It was here Granula was invented and it was made of Graham flour.
John Harvey Kellogg
Kellogg also developed a similar product but changed the name to Granola a similar cereal was developed by John Harvey Kellogg. It too was initially known as Granula, but the name was changed to Granola to avoid legal problems with Jackson.
Growing Popularity Of Cereals
Those were the early days and Granola has since come a long way. From being fashioned into granola bars. Other cereal bars that are also popular are muesli bars. These days it has come a long way, and is most popular in the USA, Brazil, South of Europe, Japan, South Africa and Canada. One of the varieties of this is the chewy bar, this is made when the oats are baked less or cut out altogether. This makes the bar chewier rather than crunchy. This can be compared to a flapjack on the UK.
The best breakfast cereal brands are now bringing in their own version of granola bars too. Many companies are also developing beauty and functional foods made with cereals and grains. Cereals and cereals bars have become one of the most popular breakfast foods in the market today.