Monday, 7 January 2013

Healthy Granola - Healthy New Year!

Working on my feet all day,  I need a good wholesome and nutritious breakfast to keep me going. I've always been a bit weary of granola;  although it sounds healthy, it is quite often high in fat and sugar. Avoid the unnecessary calories and sugar by baking your own granola at home.

In this recipe there is no butter at all, I have reduced the sugar to a minimum and I have used orange juice, and rapeseed oil to achieve a naturally sweet and moist granola.

200g rolled oats
40g desiccated coconut or coconut flakes
60g pumpkin seeds
60g chopped slivered almonds
60g chopped walnuts
2 tsp cinnamon
60ml orange juice
60g soft brown sugar
2 tbsp honey
1 tbsp maple syrup
4 tsp rapeseed oil

Preheat oven to 150C fan

Combine the rolled oats, coconut, pumpkin seeds,almonds, walnuts and cinnamon in a large bowl.

In a small saucepan, combine the orange juice, honey, maple syrup and brown sugar. Cook over a medium heat, stirring frequently, until the sugar has dissolved.

Pour the syrup over the oat mixture, bit by bit, stirring well to make sure everything is evenly coated. Spread the mixture evenly onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat .

Bake for an initial 10 minutes in the oven at 150C, then remove and stir well. Bake for an additional 10- 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before storing in an airtight container.

Serve with some natural yoghurt and blueberries, or any fresh or dried fruit of your choice.

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