Nutrient packed Granola


As you've probably realised, I love breakfast. It's my favourite meal of the day. I've been making my own granola for a long time, and this is my current favourite recipe. I tend to make a big batch which lasts me a few weeks, but you can always size down on the quantities.

You can eat it on it's own, on top of porridge, smoothie bowls, on ice-cream. The list is endless.

Feel free to adapt this recipe with different nuts and seeds. You could even add some raisins or dried cranberries once it's cooled.

Please let me know what you think and share any of your own granola recipes in the comments below.



Ingredients

  • 250g porridge oats

  • 100g pumpkin seeds

  • 100g sunflower seeds

  • 100g ground almonds

  • 175 g whole almonds roughly chopped

  • 175g roughly chopped pecans

  • 4 table spoons of coconut oil

  • 4 table spoons of maple syrup

  • 4 dessert spoons of peanut butter

  • 3 teaspoons of cinnamon


Method

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 170 centigrade

  2. In a large bowl combine all the dry ingredients

  3. Combine the coconut oil, maple syrup, peanut butter and cinnamon in a pan and heat gently until the coconut oil and peanut butter are runny.

  4. Add this mixture to your dry ingredients and stir together until combined.

  5. Spread the mixture out onto 2 trays and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until golden and crispy. Keep stirring every 10 minutes to make sure it cooks evenly.

  6. Allow to cool before placing in an airtight container.


Health benefits

  • Oats are slow release carbohydrates keeping you fuller for longer

  • Peanut butter is an excellent source of protein, magnesium and zinc. However many commercial peanut butters also contain added sugar, so just check the label when you buy it.

  • Almonds are a great source of fibre and protein, and contain important nutrients including vitamin E, selenium, zinc, calcium, magnesium and B vitamins, especially folate and biotin (vitamin B7)

  • Pecans are a good source of calcium, magnesium, and potassium, which help lower blood pressure. Most of the fat found in pecans is a healthy type called monounsaturated fat.

  • Pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds are excellent sourcesof pytosterols which help lower cholesterol. They also contain omega 6 fats which improve heart health



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