Sweet & oh so nutty granola.
Are you looking for a homemade healthy alternative to your artificial sugar driven cereal? Look no further as today’s recipe is not one to be missed.
prep time 5 mins total time 1 hour
100g Rolled Organic Scottish Oats
100g Quinoa Flakes
50g Pumpkin & Sunflower Seeds
1 tbsp Cinnamon & Nutmeg & Raw Cacao Powder
Zest of an orange (optional)
25g of Crushed Walnuts & Hazelnuts
Handful of Raisins and/or Cranberries - add after baked
5 tsp Maple Syrup
50g Melted Coconut Oil
Weight out all your ingredient (and crush those piece that are necessary)
Place all your dry ingredient into a bowl
Melt your coconut oil over the hob and add in the maple syrup gentle stirring
Combine the oil and maple with the dry ingredient and mix well
Place the mixing bowl contents into a dish and place into the oven for 25-30 minutes (check and stir every 10 minutes to ensure all the oats are baked until golden brown)
Leave to cool before serving or pouring into your storage jar, to allow the oats to dry and crisp up.
There is a lot of confusion about granola; people often think it is a healthy breakfast option, which made correctly, it can be. However majority of shop bought granola’s are very high is processed flavourings and sugar making a poor breakfast choice. Being a DIY cook, I find absolute joy in making thinks from scratch, especially when they results are this easy and tasty!
Consuming too much sugar at breakfast creates a spike in our blood sugar levels and impacts our energy and cravings later on in the day, which can often lead to overeating. Overconsumption can also create a bad environment in our gut, leaving of microbiome imbalances - this can lead to further problems such as inflammation, poor digestions and bloating. Whilst making granola from scratch may seem like a mission, it is actually incredibly simple to make and the perfect addition to your otherwise sugar coated cereal boxes.
FOOD IS MEDICINE.
Pumpkin seeds are high in magnesium, fibre, antioxidants and are great for promoting healthy glowing skin.
Sunflower seeds help improve cholesterol levels, support bone health, control blood sugar and promote healthy detoxification.
Quinoa flakes are high in fibre and protein and have all the essential amino acids. They are perfect for people with a gluten intolerance and have low glycemic index which is great for blood sugar control.
Organic oats are known to be the healthier grain on earth. Oats are a great source of important vitamins, minerals, fibre and antioxidants.
Raisins are packed with energy and rich in fibre, vitamins, and minerals. Raisins are naturally sweet, high in sugar and calories, but they're beneficial to our health when eaten in moderation. Raisins can aid digestion, boost iron levels, and keep your bones strong.
Another great way to add more nutrients to this quick and easy breakfast is with your choice of toppings. I personally love teaming up granola with yogurt and fruit - the more colours the better in my eyes. A bright breakfast forecasts for a bright day ahead. Personal favourites are
1. banana, blueberries and almond butter.
2. blackberries, strawberries, passion fruit and coconut yogurt.
3. coconut yogurt, almond butter and dried figs.