Today I tried a new recipe - banana granola. It turned out quite well — slightly chewy, the coconut flavour really shines through and the banana flavour complements that well. I used cashews instead of pistachios and it worked well for me! I liked how the recipe used a banana and orange juice to replace oil and produced good results. Try it for yourself!
So let’s talk a little bit more about oats, muesli and granola.
Oat is probably quite well known for its health benefit by now – an inexpensive whole grain which contains cholesterol-lowering fiber and provide satiety to tie you to the next meal.
Oat is present in many different forms; the common ones heard include quick oats, rolled oats, and steel cut oats. But there are many other forms in which oats is present in our food system.
I’m talking…muesli and granola.
Ever wondered the difference between muesli and granola?
They both contain similar ingredients but muesli is slightly more healthy than granola per se because the process of making granola often involves adding a lot of oil and/or sugar to make it crispy and sweet (whereas muesli is merely the toss together of the ingredients).
In short, comparing the straight-up oats, muesli and granola, oats is the best option, muesli coming in second and granola as the third choice.
But really, all of these can be healthy choices in a well-balanced diet and it is just a matter of choosing mindfully what to have and how much to have at one time!
For me, I like to prepare oatmeal on most of the days; occasionally I would have muesli with yogurt and sometimes I would make homemade granola to mix it up!