Making a homemade healthy nut and seed granola is easy and is the one thing you should have in your pantry for a healthy addition to so many dishes.
Over the last 20 years or so, I’ve steered away from commercial breakfast cereals. And, I can honestly say I haven’t bought a packet of commercial cereal in all that time. There’s simply too many added this and that your body simply doesn’t need or use.
Lately, I’ve been wanting to add in more and more grains and seeds to my diet for the omega 3, protein and fibre benefits. Because growing older and hopefully wiser does that.
Enter “Healthy Homemade Nut and Seed Granola”.
I’ve made this version as nourishing as possible, providing that comfy feeling without compromising on taste.
It’s quick and easy to whip up your own version of homemade granola. The ingredients I have here are what I recommend for a variety of health benefits your body will love but you can substitute other nuts, seeds or grains to suit your preferences.
The great thing about homemade granola is you get to control what goes in for your own health and taste.
My version contains a mixed base of rolled oats and quinoa flakes.
Why? Because rolled oats are good for you. They’re full of fibre, great to lower cholesterol, high in protein and contain a bunch of vitamins and minerals. Try to buy organic rolled oats if you can. Don’t use instant or “quick cook” oats – they are highly processed, a higher GI and contain additives and other stuff that’s bad for you.
Quinoa flakes are good for you too, giving an added boost of fibre, a good dose of protein and a little good fat.
Here’s what you need:
- 1 cup rolled oats (organic if possible), not quick oats or cut oats
- 1 cup quinoa flakes
- 1/4 cup each of raw cashews, raw almonds and walnuts slightly chopped
- 1/4 cup each of pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds
- 1/8 cup sesame seeds
- 2 tablespoons hemp seeds
- 1 tablespoon tahini
- 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla paste or vanilla essence
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted if solid
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/3 cup shredded coconut
Here’s what you do:
Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.
Chop the nuts – not too small.
Mix together the dry ingredients – rolled oats, quinoa flakes, chopped nuts and seeds in a large bowl.
In a separate bowl, mix together the tahini, maple syrup, vanilla, coconut oil, cinnamon and sea salt.
Add the wet mix to the dry ingredients and mix well until all the ingredients are coated. Then, spread evenly on a large oven tray.
Cook for 20 minutes or until the colour is golden, stirring the ingredients around every 5 minutes so that the edges don’t burn.
Once golden, remove the granola from the oven and stir through the shredded coconut.
Cool before putting in an airtight container.
Healthy ways to use this homemade nut and seed granola
- Breakfast – sprinkle on Compote and Yoghurt
- Breakfast – try adding it on top of Coconut Chia
- Another breakfast idea – sprinkled on top of porridge, add a little compote and top with yoghurt
- Snack – place a small amount of yoghurt in a bowl and swirl through a spoonful of granola
- Dessert – add a crunchy addition to any dessert such as fruit, yoghurt or ice-cream.
However you love to eat your homemade, healthy nut and seed granola, I know you’ll enjoy the benefits.
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