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.



Ingredients:

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 

Method:


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

5 comments:

  1. Anonymous28.1.14

    I will defo try your recipie laura. You are looking very well. Always read your blog.

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  2. Will definitely try this recipe, I love granola...I hope you are well my lovely. xxxx

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  3. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I will try out this recipe this weekend. Many people do not know that by using Store Flyer they can avail great offers while they do shopping.

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  4. Great idea to make your own healthy version. Thanks for sharing :) Will have to try this myself!

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  5. Anonymous10.3.14

    Sounds a lovely recipe Laura, will be giving it a try. Hope you are well lovely,, I've noticed you haven't posted for ages, but hope that you are having a good time and lots of lovely adventures in the sunshine. xx

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