Deliciously Healthy Homemade Granola

IMG_5739 I’m a self confessed cereal lover. However, I avoid most cereals due to the lack of vitamins, overload in sugars, oils, chemicals and GMO foods found within the products.  Enter my super delicious granola. The secret to good granola is all in the oven: slowly toasting the nuts & oats over a long period of time.

*Warning – it will be incredibly hard to not eat this granola fresh from the oven as aromas of honey, vanilla, cinnamon and roasting oats take over your kitchen. This recipe is easy to make and contains no artificial sweetener, additional oils or chemicals. In fact, it’s really quite healthy.  The base of my granola is half whole grain rolled oats and half buckwheat. (For those who don’t know – buckwheat is a high protein seed and is gluten free.)  It has added value such as nuts (for additional protein), flax (for fiber), goji berries (antioxidant), raisons (vitamin B, iron & potassium) and cinnamon (blood sugar control) . But despite all the healthy reasons to eat it – the best reason is because it’s freakin delicious!

 Ingredients:

  1. 1 cup wholegrain rolled oatsIMG_5740
  2. 1 cup buckwheat
  3. 200g almonds
  4. 70g cashews
  5. 30g sunflower seeds
  6. 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  7. 1 tbsp flax seeds
  8. 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  9. 2-3 tbsp organic honey
  10. 130g dried fruit (I used dried goji berries, apricots, cranberries, raisons and blueberries)

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 120c
  • Combine ingredients #1-6 in a bowl
  • Warm honey & vanilla and stir through the dry mix – coating the nuts & oats
  • Very thinly arrange on a baking tray (I spread across 2 trays on baking paper)
  • Toast the granola for 1 hour or until golden. I rotated my trays every 15 minutes while baking.
  • Once baked, allow to cool and stir through the dried fruits & flax.

Overnight Oats – One of the tastiest ways to start your day!

This winter I completely fell in love with the concept of ‘overnight oats’.

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I start work relatively early (think 7-7:30am) and typically make a smoothy and drink it at my desk. However this winter, I really struggled drinking a cold smoothy on a cold winter morning.

A friend suggested soaking oats overnight in milk and then heating them in the morning. Intrigued, I tried it. It was a bit of a bumpy start but I think I’ve finally mastered it. These days I’m eating my ‘overnight’ oats at least 3 times a week. Of coure, the true test of any ‘healthy’ meal I create is serving it to my man – who eats these every morning now.

The beauty of these oats is the never ending possibilities. I prefer to soak my oats in coconut water (personal preference – so delicious). My partner has his in skim / almond milk. I normally make an assembly line of Tupperware containers and portion my oats out for the week ahead and store in the cupboard. The night before I add my liquid and grab it from the fridge in the morning on the way out the door. (The blueberry oat picture is what they look like ‘overnight’ in the fridge.) I normally heat them up when I get to work; my partner says he likes his cold.  I don’t really think you can go wrong!

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Ingredients (one serve – female)

  • ½ cup whole grain rolled oats
  • 1 tbsp flax / linseed
  • 1 tsp. black chia seeds

Other Options (I normally add some concoction of the below)

  • 1 tbsp buckwheat
  • 1 tbsp shredded coconut
  • 1 tsp pumpkin seeds
  • 1 Scoop of protein powder (*my favourite)

Flavouring (optional)

  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp acai powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (*my favourite)

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Soaking options (cover oat mixture, stir to combine and leave in fridge overnight)

  • Skim milk
  • Almond / soy milk
  • Coconut water (*my favourite)
  • Water

When serving

  • ½ cup berries (*my favourite)
  • Banana
  • Apple
  • Greek yoghurt
  • Splash of milk
  • 1 tbsp almond butter (*my   2nd favourite)

Num num num!