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Keeping Breakfast Healthy: Homemade Granola

350px-Granola03242006In one of our recent articles we gave five delicious breakfast options to keep you feeling full through until lunch.

Sticking to that theme, granola is a personal favourite. But store-bought granola can often be high in sugar, fat and calories unnecessarily.

However this is easily overcome – simply make your own. It’s not as hard as you may think, and one batch can last you a week!

Follow this week’s yummy recipe to start your day the healthy way …

Cinnamon & Nuts Granola

Here’s what you need:

  • 6 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup chopped almonds
  • 1 cup raw, unsalted pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 6 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Servings: 10
Prep time: 5 mins (plus stirring requirements during cooking stage)
Cook time: 60 mins

Start by pre-heating the oven at 325F (160C) and line a large baking tray with parchment paper.

Mix the oats, almonds and pumpkin seeds together in a bowl. Whisk together the maple syrup, canola oil, honey, cinnamon, vanilla extract and salt in another bowl then pour on top of the oats, nuts and seeds.

Finally, pour the mix out on to the backing tray and spread evenly.

Pop the tray in the oven and stir every 15 minutes until the mix is evenly brown and drying out. This should take around 45 – 60 minutes.

Once cooked, take out of the oven and leave to dry.

TIP: Switch the nuts and / or seeds for your favourites, and of course add fruit if you prefer. Don’t be afraid to experiment with quantities and ingredients until you find your fav!

Nutritional Information: PER ½ CUP SERVING
267 kcalories, protein 7g, carbohydrate 28g, fat 16g ((2 g sat, 7 g mono), 4g fibre, salt 0.6g

From Eating Well

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