Happy Granola

Trying to get my kids to eat breakfast has to be the bane of my life. It’s that time of the day where

imagewe’re all rushing around and frankly, I don’t have the time to sit on top of them cajoling them to eat. The simple motto is getting a small portion in but to have that portion loaded with nutrients. The answer…….granola. I get in the fruit and the protein and the healthy fats. What more can you ask for! I make a bit batch at the weekend and it lasts for the week. I guzzle it for snack too. “Winner. Winner. Chicken dinner!”

Whipping up your own at home avoids all the hidden sugars and fillers from shop bought varieties. You’ll laugh. I was shopping the other day and I bumped into an old work colleague. For some reason, folks always tell me I make them feel guilty. Too funny. All I did was ask him how he was doing. Anyway, to cut a long story short, he opted for a sugar free granola due to me being there. Of course I had to look at the ingredient list (after he had gone of course…..no judgement on my part. No sugar is better than sugar!). I was horrified to see that the number 2 listed ingredient in this common brand of granola was….wait for it……wheat! WTF! Really?

My kid friendly granola contains oats, coconut oil, nuts, seeds and either a splash of raw honey or maple syrup. I’ll post a grain free option int he next couple of days. I regularly go grain free for 7 to 10 days. I don’t have an intolerance but if I feel the belly bloating, the easiest way to flatten it is to cut sugar and grains. Seriously. Try it!

Anyway, this recipe takes about 20 minutes to make and will easily feed 4 adults or 6 kids.

Ingredients (I’ve given you approximates. I just chuck stuff in)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of old fashioned oats (thick cut)
  • 3/4 cup of raw nuts (I use cashews*)
  • 1/2 cup of unsweetened dried fruit (raisins go down best in my house)
  • 1/2 cup of raw seeds (pumpkin and sunflower go down well with my kids)
  • 1/4 cup of unsweetened coconut (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons of good quality maple syrup or raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil (melted)
  • pinch of salt

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 300º F.
  • Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl but really get your hands in there to mix it all together.
  • Spread the mixture on a baking sheet and bake for 10 to 15 minutes turning 2 to 3 times during the bake. It should be lightly toasted.
  • Cool and eat.
  • I store this in mason jars in the fridge but any airtight container will do.

Hints

  1. If you want the granola to stick together in clusters, beat an egg white and mix it through the mixture before baking it.
  2. Add a teaspoon of cinnamon.
  3. Grind 1/4 cup of the oats to a fine texture.
  4. Add dark chocolate chips at the end, after baking and cooling.
  5. Add raw cacao powder.

* Why cashews. Zero cholesterol, most of their fat make up is good fat, magnesium rich and rich in niacin and tryptophan. Read up on niacin and L-tryptophan. If my readings are correct, they help with serotonin levels in the body. Serotonin gives a feeling of calmness and wellbeing. How good would it be if we were feeding ourselves foods that boosted our moods in the morning.

’til next time………happy moozling!

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