Do you ever find yourself raiding the kitchen come 3pm looking for something sweet and energising?
Yup you’re not alone but thankfully this Granola recipe comes to my rescue every time!
It’s packed with gluten-free oats and nuts and seeds for slow-release energy, and honey and cacao nibs to take the edge of my sweet tooth and keep me going until dinner – and especially through Atari’s crazy hours before bed. Why do they do that?
Atari loves helping mama in the kitchen!
Give it a go and let me know what you think.
I like to serve mine with kefir yoghurt and stewed apple, and always tend to eat it around 4pm. Eating little and often definitely fuels my energy better. I hate to feel too full with food, especially with all the running around I have to do each day, so eating until I’m around 90% full makes me feel more energised and comfortable. I also don’t eat until I feel hungry, which means I really enjoy my food – but obviously NEVER let myself get too hungry (hangry!) that I’m ravenous and then reaching for the whole jar of granola!
To make around 20 portions, you will need;
* 3 cups organic gluten-free oats
* 1/2 cup mixed nuts (I used hazelnuts, almonds & cashews)
* 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
* 2 tbsp maple syrup
* 2 tbsp honey
* 4tbsp coconut oil (liquid)
* 1 tbsp cacao nibs (optional)
* Pinch of Himalayan salt
* 1/2 cup dried fruit (I used cranberries & chopped apricots)
Granola before adding the dried fruit
Heat an oven to 140 Celsius.
Mix all these ingredients together (except for any dried fruit because adding this too early and it will burn!) and put on a baking sheet.
Put in the oven for 20 minutes.
Take out, give it a quick mix around and now add the dried fruit. Then put back in the oven for another 10 minutes.
Keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn’t burn. It just needs to be slightly toasty!
When done, take out and leave to cool.
Store in an airtight container.
Rough Macros per portion:
Fats: 189g/ 9g
Your kitchen will smell heavenly when you’re finished!
This recipe is certainly one of the favourites amongst myself and my clients BUT (sorry – always a but) it’s fairly calorific, so make sure you implement some portion control by either dividing it up into small portions once it’s baked – or locking it in a cupboard once you’ve had your first serving because you could easily indulge in the whole lot – it’s so damn tasty! I tend to have it as a little healthy treat rather than eating it everyday!