Start the day with some home made healthy granola. Super easy to throw together, the only tricky bit is keeping an eye on it to not let it burn.
The ingredients are there for a guide but you can change any of them for anything you fancy in the baking isle of the supermarket. You could also change the oats if you wanted to use spelt or rye instead.
The only word of warning is that whilst it's super healthy, it does contain coconut oil so do manage your portion sizes. It's great on its own, with natural yogurt or my favourite on top of my morning smoothie bowl.
INGREDIENTS - Makes approx 500g
200g Jumbo oats
2 tbs Chia seeds (dark or light)
2 tbs Coconut oil - melted
3 tbs Runny honey
20 Almonds chopped (see method below)
1 handful Walnuts chopped
1 handful Pistachio kernels chopped
1 handful Cashew nuts chopped
2 tbs Poppy seeds
1 handful Pumpkin seeds
1/2 tsp Matcha powder (optional)
A pinch of Himalayan salt
Small handful Cranberries
3 bulbs Stem ginger (optional)
METHOD (Oven 180 °C)
If the nuts are whole, stick in a freezer bag and give them a good bashing with the rolling pin until chopped in appearance.
Mix all the ingredients together in a mixing bowl except the dried fruit (cranberries) and the ginger (optional) and give a good stir.
Spread out onto a baking tray lined with parchment or a baking sheet (I used a 12 x 8 inch baking sheet for this recipe).
Place in the oven (and watch like a hawk) checking after 4-5 mins. Keep checking and stirring so the edges don't burn for around 20 minutes.
Add the dried fruit and chopped ginger and return to the oven for a further 5 minutes. You may need to stir once or twice during the five minutes. Be aware the fruit is high in sugar so will catch and go hard quite quickly.
Remove from oven when just toasted (as image) and let cool before storing in an airtight container.
Most of my recipes are relatively low in fat but this one has quite a high (healthy) fat content so make sure your portion sizes are not too large. The values below are indicative.
Per 30g Portion