Granola bars are easy convenient snacks and may become a breakfast when you can't cook something fresh and warm. I love baking these bars with assorted fruits, nuts and seeds. This one is an unconventional granola bar as it uses sweet potatoes and carrots instead of my regular apples and raisins. I never use any honey or brown sugar for my granola bars and the natural sweetness of the ingredients tastes great.
But I am not sharing the recipe yet. I wanted to introduce a more unusual granola treat, something made with leftovers.
I bake a lot of millet flour chapatis and serve them with curries , salads and lentil soups too. Sometimes I just mix the crumbled chapatis with some ghee and jaggery for a sweet treat called Bajre ka maleeda. And most of the times I make some extra chapatis so I would make the granola balls with it the next day. Or would make a crumbly nutty breakfast in a bowl.
You get the picture.
The Pearl millet or Finger millet flours are used to make these flat breads as shown here . The leftovers next morning or a couple of days later (refrigerated) become quite brittle. Break the bread in pieces and run them in a grinder for a few seconds. This makes a bread crumb like texture , and this will be used for the granola balls or crumble.
Heat the millet bread crumbs in the microwave for a couple of minutes so it gets freshened up.
Alternatively, you can roast the crumbs with 2 tbsp of butter or ghee on low flame.
Mix a cup of the crumbs with 1/4 cup of flax seeds powder, 1/4 cup of natural brown sugar or grated jaggery and 1/4 cup of copped almonds and some raisins. Pour 2 tbsp of melted ghee or 1/4 cup of fresh cream ( I use fresh malai) on top of it. No need to add ghee or cream if the crumbs have been roasted with ghee. Mix all of these together.
The mixture makes a warm comforting breakfast with some hot milk on the side, not poured into it...but hey, you can even pour hot milk over it I just realized....
In the form of a crumble it can be eaten as it is.
Or can be made into balls. These balls keep well for the day and can be packed in lunch boxes to be carried to the office or school.
One of these could satiate a snack hunger any time of the day in a healthy way.
Do you think the baked granola bars look more fancy? Which ones would you chose if having a choice?