26 Jan 2014
Healthy Granola recipe...
Granola is my all time favourite breakfast. In an ideal world I would eat granola with greek yoghurt and fruit every morning. In reality I am all too aware of the hidden nasties cropping up in my favoured breakfast. The biggest culprit is SUGAR. Since January I have been doing my best to avoid refined sugar and limiting the amount of natural sugar I consume. So guess what? Granola for breakfast has been out of the question. I also avoid dairy, which means no greek yoghurt either. But today my friends, I have been doing some experimenting in the kitchen and I have come up with a granola recipe, which in my eyes rivals all the shop bought varieties. It is packed full of nutritious goodness AND it is super easy to make. Do you want the recipe?
I thought so…
First up let me just explain that you can experiment with ratios of nuts and seeds and include whatever ones you want. I just used the ones I had in my cupboard. I also tried to use organic ingredients but this can be costly so it’s up to you whether you do.
100g jumbo rolled oats
50g dried dates
30g cashew nuts
30g flaked almonds
15g pumpkin seeds
15g mixed seeds
20g dessicated coconut (unsweetened)
1 tbsp raw organic honey
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp coconut oil
1. Simmer the dates in a small sauce pan with about 1cm of water until soft (about 3 mins).
2. Drain and then blend the dates until smooth
3. Combine all the other ingredients in a large mixing bowl. I bashed up the cashews but you can also leave them whole. Or if you are feeling really crazy have a mixture of both. Coconut oil is solid at room temperature so you can melt it first if you want. I found that the heat of the dates melted it just fine.
4. Add the dates and mix well.
5. Transfer to a baking tray and bake in a pre-heated oven at 160°C for 15 minutes (until golden brown). Reduce the oven temperature to 110°C and cook for a further 30 minutes until dry and crisp.
6. Set aside to cool and then transfer to an air tight container to store.
7. Serve with your choice of milk (I like unsweetened almond milk) and you can even add some berries.
So there you have it my ultra healthy, super yummy breakfast treat. Plus your kitchen will smell AMAZING too.
There is natural sugar in this recipe so try not to munch on it too often and watch portion size!
Love you long time. X