The ultimate breakfast granola

I'm sure you've heard by now that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. If you've ever skipped breakfast or fuelled yourself with black coffee and sugary pastries, you'll have noticed the sluggish, hungry feeling that strikes mid-morning, when it can be hard to concentrate on anything.

Eating a well-balanced, nutritional breakfast can set you up for the day, providing your body and brain with the fuel it needs. There are plenty of sugar-laden cereals and high-fat options out there, but making your own granola is a great way to enjoy nuts, seed, wholegrain and fruits to start your day.

This super-healthy granola recipe isn't just ideal for breakfast – it's great to munch at any time of day. Enjoy yours with almond, soya or regular milk, or fat-free yoghurt and berries for a healthy snack.

Cinnamon Pecan Granola Recipe

Here at Expertrain, we know a great granola recipe when we see one, and this one by Deliciously Ella ticks all the right boxes! Packed with pecans and almonds and bursting with pumpkin, flax and sunflower seeds, this nutty delight provides Vitamin E, omega-3 and protein, plus magnesium, manganese and phosphorus. We love the nuttiness and tropical flavour the coconut oil brings and the sweetness of the maple syrup – a little of this granola goes a long way.

This makes enough for one large container of granola

What you'll need

2 ½ cups of oats

1 cup of pecans

½ cup of flax seeds

½ cup of almonds

1 cup of pumpkin seeds

1 cup of sunflower seeds

1 cup of raisins

3 tablespoons of maple syrup

3 tablespoons of coconut oil

3 teaspoons of cinnamon

How to make your granola

Pulse the almonds and pecans for around 30 seconds in a blender or food processor until partially blended – you want them to still have plenty of crunch! In a large mixing bowl, add the nuts to your other dry ingredients, keeping the raisins and cinnamon aside.

In a small pan, melt the maple syrup, cinnamon and coconut oil to form a sweet, sticky liquid; now pour this over the dry ingredients and mix well, before spreading it onto a baking tray. Bake at 180c for about 30-40 minutes. Keep an eye on it as you'll need to stir it to ensure it gets evenly toasted.

Leave to cool, and store in an airtight container to keep its amazing crunch!

Tip: Replace the maple syrup with honey for a less-sweet granola, or add some dried coconut for extra tropical flavour. Yum!

Author By Paula Beaton
Date On 4th Sep 2014 at 09:04
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