There are so many brands of ready made granolas on store shelves, which can be secretly high in sugars if they include ingredients such as glucose (golden syrup). High GI (glycaemic index) can cause blood sugars to spike and fall by mid morning, then possibly craving something else sweet, like a chocolate digestive or 2 with cup of tea.
Why not embrace creating your own granola, and feel assured in the knowledge of the quality and purity of ingredients you use?
Recipe credit and tuition from fabulous @harewoodfarmgirl @holistickitchenacademy on a lockdown zoom live baking lesson this June 2020 from Harewood Farm, Cornwall to Spylaw Farm, Scotland :)
Thanks kindly Jo!
Nutrient profile of this recipe below includes energy rich macro-nutrients of carbohydrates in oats; proteins in tahini, nuts and seeds; unsaturated and saturated fats in coconut oil, tahini and nuts; dietary fibre in coconut, seeds; natural sugars in dried fruits and honey and rich sources of micro-nutrients including vitamin B1 in sesame seeds; vitamin E in nuts; plant source of omega-3 essential fatty acids in linseeds; iron, calcium, magnesium, sodium in pumpkin and sunflower seeds.
350g oats (organic jumbo rolled)
100g pumpkin seeds
100g sunflower seeds
30g sesame seeds
70g linseeds (flaxseeds)
50g dessicated coconut
75g coconut flakes
pinch of salt flakes
1 tbsp cinnamon
100g coconut oil
25g rice syrup/date syrup/agave nectar
3 tbsp honey
100g mixed dried fruits & nuts - choose your favourites!
I like dried cranberries, dried apricots (undyed), hemp seeds, pecans, cashews
assemble dry ingredients on a large baking tray lined with oven paper & mix well
melt coconut oil, tahini & agave nectar in a small pan & stir to mix
pour mixture onto dry ingredients and mix very well, using hands to massage and squeeze the liquid into the oats
spread mixture evenly onto the baking tray
bake for 3 x 10 mins @ 160 degrees (fan oven)/180 degrees, removing at 10 min intervals to carefully turn the mixture
take care not to burn! edges will bake quicker than the mixture in the centre of the tray
chop dried fruits and nuts
remove tray from the oven and very gently stir in dried fruits, nuts and drizzle over honey without touching
drape a towel over the mixture & allow to cool & form clumpy, crunchy texture
store in an airtight glass jar for up to 10 days
enjoy for breakfast with: nut (plant) milk/dairy-free coconut yogurt/0% fat Greek yogurt (high protein), sliced banana or seasonal fruits or as a topping for porridge
What combination of nuts, seeds, dried fruits would you most like to try?!