Like most of us, many years back I used to consume lots of breakfast cereal. That was until I became part of the fitness industry, and discovered just how unhealthy, most breakfast cereals are.
My morning desire for a bowl of something wet and crunchy, still needed satisfying, so after following several ‘Granola’ style recipes, I did lots of experimentation, and finally found one that works just right for me.
- 500g of mixed, natural nuts (mine had walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds cashews, and I also added some pecans)
- 1-2 handfuls of raisins (add at the end once nuts have been baked)
- 1-2 handfuls of raw, flaked coconut
- 2-3 tbsp of melted coconut oil
- 2-3 tbsp of agave, or raw honey
- Pinch of himalayan salt
- 1-2 handfuls of seeds (pumpkin, flax, sunflower)
- Food processor
- Large mixing bowl
- Large baking tray
- Start by pre-heating the oven to 150c
- Next add the coconut oil to a glass
- Then submerge the glass into a small bowl of boiling water
- Whilst the coconut oil is melting start adding the nuts to your food processor (Note, I do this is stages, as our machine is small, and I don’t want to over load the container)
- Next, use the ‘pulse’ option on your machine, and blitz for short bursts of 3-5 seconds, until the nuts are broken-up, but not too fine
- Then add to the mixing bowl
- Now add the salt, coconut flakes (seeds if you are using them), and mix it all in
- Next line your baking tray with parchment paper (I use the grill-tray that comes with our oven)
- Then add the melted coconut oil to the mixture
- Give the mixture a good coating with the coconut oil, and stir in really well
- Next add your agave or honey, I do this 1 tbsp at a time, mix it in, and then add the next tbsp, and repeat
- This should give the mixture I nice, sheen look to it
- Evenly spread so that the layer isn’t too thick
- Add to the oven an cook for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown (you should get some wonderful smells coming from the oven)
- Once cooked, add your raisins (or any other dried fruit you might be using), and give them a good stir in
- This bit can be tricky, use the parchment paper as your funnel, bringing the two sides together, closing off one end, and then pouring the contents into a large glass container (it took me a few goes to get good at making the funnel, but if you place the container on the baking tray, you won’t lose any mixture)
- Leave to cool (or have it hot if you like, who cares!?)
- Serve with homemade almond milk (just a splash will do)
- Top with fruits of choice (optional)
This batch usually makes around 5-7 bowls, and that is with me using anywhere from, 5-7 tbsp per bowl.
It does take a little more effort to make healthy food, but once you discover just how good things can taste, and are much better for you, it soon becomes a ‘no brainer’.