Dark weekday mornings in January are gloomy enough without having to face a bad breakfast as well. My fancy granola may not be for everyday but it really satisfies a craving for something crunchy without compromising your health goals, and it makes Monday mornings feel that little bit special!
Oats are a simple, cheap and nutritious breakfast option but I like to use a combination of oats and buckwheat flakes for added nutritional value and to reduce the proportion of grain (buckwheat is actually a seed). You can just as easily use 100% oats, or try adding millet flakes, quinoa or puffed rice.
Nuts and seeds offer a variety of health benefits, as well as providing essential fats and protein that help to keep you satisfied between meals, regulate blood sugar and sustain your energy levels.
You can pick up a jar of coconut oil in your local Lloyds Pharmacy as well as some other ingredients like chia and hemp seeds. Nua Naturals has launched a delicious berry mix with cacao nibs that is packed with vitamin B, magnesium, calcium and potassium, so I added a few handfuls for a little sweetness. You could also just chop some dried apricots, dried dates or dried blueberries or you could leave out the dried fruit entirely to reduce the sugar content.
(makes 18 servings. 1 serving = 40g)
- 200g buckwheat flakes
- 200g jumbo oats
- 100g mixed nuts (I like walnut and pecan)
- 100g mixed seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, chia*, hemp*)
- 25g coconut flakes
- 80g Nua Naturals Super Berry Mix (gogi berries, white mulberries, cacao nibs, black mulberries)*
- 80ml melted coconut oil*
- 100ml agave syrup or maple syrup
- 1 heaped tsp ground cinnamon
Equipment: oven, large roasting tray
Step by Step
- Preheat the oven to 150 degrees celsius.
- Put the oats and buckwheat flakes into a large bowl. Add the coconut oil, maple syrup and cinnamon. Mix until well coated.
- Spread the mixture evenly over the baking tray and put into the oven.
- After about 10 minutes remove the oats & buckwheat flakes from the oven and give them a quick stir. At this stage you can add the mixed nuts and seeds to the tray, stir again and place back into the oven for another 8 – 10 minutes.
- When the oats are nicely golden remove the tray from the oven and allow to cool. Add the coconut flakes and super berry mix and mix well.
- Once the granola is cool transfer it to an airtight container and store in a cool, dry place. It should last (but probably won’t!) for up to a month.
- Add 30g to a cup of unsweetened natural yogurt for breakfast.
- Add a small handful of granola to a cup of full fat greek yogurt or coconut yogurt.
- Serve with almond, hemp or coconut milk and fresh blueberries.
- Put a few handfuls into a mini-glass airtight jar and keep in your desk drawer or gym bag for a quick afternoon or post workout snack.
|NUTRITION INFORMATION PER 40g SERVING|
PAMELA RYAN | NUTRITIONIST | CORPORATE NUTRITION + YOGA
*Ingredients available in LloydsPharmacy Stores