Granola has got to be one of my favourite breakfast staples and something that I eat with yogurt almost everyday all year round. Toasted muesli and granola are basically the exact same thing, a mixture of oats, nuts and something sweet tossed in oil and toasted in the oven until golden and crunchy. The main difference and the most essential feature of a good granola is that it forms crunchy clusters whereas a toasted muesli is more like an oaty, nutty cereal. They are both delicious and this recipe will allow you to make either as it is just a simple step at the end that differentiates the two. This granola combines the wholegrain goodness of oats with healthy monounsaturated fats from the nuts and seeds to allow for a filling and nutritious breakfast. Oats are a really fantastic wholegrain for your health as they are high in insoluble fibre and diets high in fibre have been linked with a range of health benefits. The type of fibre found in oats is called beta-glucan and has been found to help lower cholesterol by binding to cholesterol in the small intestine and preventing cholesterol being reabsorbed by the body. If you would like me to explain more about how this works, just comment on the post and I’ll happily tell you. I love the nerdy science side of nutrition but I don’t want to bombard you with too much information. This is a fairly basic granola recipe that allows you to add additional flavours to your taste. Not a fan of almonds? Use hazelnuts or any other nut instead. Feeling like some dried cranberries today? Add in a tablespoon! This recipe is all about things that you like so if you like brazil nuts and hate sunflower seeds, substitute them as you like. The hardest part is deciding what your favourite flavour combination is. People are often confused as to what constitutes as a healthy breakfast and my advice is that any breakfast is better than no breakfast. The next piece of advice is that portion size is of utmost importance. While this granola is made with healthy ingredients, eating lots of it is not healthy. A 35-45g serve with yogurt and fresh fruit is the perfect way to start the day. Ingredients: – 4 cups raw oats – 1 cup raw almonds, chopped roughly – 1/2 cup macadamias, chopped roughly – 1 1/2 cups pepitas (pumpkin seeds without shell) – 1 1/2 cups sunflower seeds – 1/2 cup sesame seeds – 1/2 cup coconut (desiccated or flakes) – 1 1/2 tbsp ground cinnamon – 1/4 cup coconut oil – 1/4 cup tahini – 1/2 cup honey (or maple syrup if vegan) – 1 tsp vanilla extract Method: 1. Preheat oven to 180C degrees. 3. Mix all dry ingredients together 4. Melt coconut oil, tahini and honey together in microwave for 30 seconds and mix together 5. Pour oil/honey/tahini mix into dry ingredients and mix all together until everything is combined evenly. 6. Press mixture onto a lined baking sheet to about 2cm thick. Make sure the mixture sticks together, almost like a dough so that it will bind together in the oven. 7. Bake in oven for 20 minutes or until golden. (Check after 15 mins as some ovens may vary) 8. When golden remove from oven and if you want granola, LEAVE IT UNTOUCHED TO COOL COMPLETELY. Sorry for the caps lock, but I cannot stress this part enough. When you leave it to cool on the tray, the granola fuses together to form a huge granola block that can be easily broken by crumbling it between your fingers. If you want more of a muesli you can toss the mix hot out of the oven. 9. Store in an airtight container.
On another note, I had a nice surprise when a friend told me that one of my photos had been featured in a Buzz Feed article today! So excited and so grateful to be featured and hopefully it’s a sign of a great year to come. Laura x