Recently gluten-free and once a baker by profession, my mission is to adapt old favorite recipes to make this lifestyle change tastier!
The Benefits of Eating Granola
Granola is a great way to start your day. There is a convenience about just tipping some cereal out of a box, but most of us don't want to read the ingredients on the back of it. To make your own breakfast cereal and know exactly what it contains is rewarding and has definite health benefits. Granola contains slow release energy foods such as oats, bran and peanuts, so you won't be reaching for a sugary snack an hour after breakfast.
When our blood sugar levels drop, we want to eat something (and usually something sugary) NOW! and then we make bad food choices. So, starting your day well with a serving of granola will not only give you a healthy breakfast, but could also help you to keep making healthy choices throughout the day, or at least the morning!
My husband loves creamy pastas, shortbreads, lots of butter on his toast etc., yet his cholesterol is at a healthy level. I'm convinced it's because he not only eats all these things in moderation, but that also he begins his day with a bowl of his home made granola.
|Prep time||Cook time||Ready in||Yields|
1kg which yields 13 servings at 0.80g
- 6 cups / 540g oats
- 2/3 cup / 135g brown sugar
- 1 cup / 17g wheat germ
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup / 240ml vegetable oil, less could be used if using a stand mixer, about 1/2 cup
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2/3 cup / 150ml honey
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 cup / 70g dried coconut
- 1 cup / 150g roast peanuts
- As desired mixed dried fruits
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- Preheat the oven to 250°F 120°C
- Add all the dried ingredients into a large bowl and mix together. At this point you may want to add the peanuts and coconut.
- Add all the wet ingredients together into a microwave-resistant jug, and warm slightly for about a minute. (Note: I have found that making the mix in a food mixer like a Kitchen-aid stand mixer that I have been able to reduce considerably the amount of oil added. 1/2 cup instead of a full cup.) Pour wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and mix in well so that all the oats have been wetted.
- Transfer to your mix to a baking tray and place in the oven. 5 mins before taking it from the oven add your dried fruits and mix in well.
- After 10 mins give your granola a stir, check it every 5 mins. The granola is done when a light golden brown in color
- CARE NEEDED: cooking times may vary depending on oven type.
Homemade healthy granola
- You can make your granola even healthier by adding linseed in with your dry mix Or why not add chia seeds or your favourite grain to spice it up a bit.
- Add in the dried fruit of your choice, dried berries,mango,pear to make it a real tropical treat.
- Eats great with a home made yogurt or a thick greek style yogurt.
- To your thick plain yogurt add a little vanilla paste and mix together then pour on your granola.
- When you have fruit salad. pour yogurt over the fruit and then a sprinkling of your granola.
There are just so many reasons why we should eat oats for breakfast:
- Oats lower the bad kind of cholesterol. The good cholesterol gets left alone!
- They control blood pressure and may reduce high blood pressure.
- Oats have properties called 'beta glucans'. These boost our immune system defences.
- Help control weight because we are less likely to snack after an oaty breakfast.
- Oats can reduce the risk of some cancers.
Why wouldn't we eat oats for breakfast!
Did you know?
For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.
- Who invented the granola breakfast cereal?
- Dr. John Kellog
- Henry Cromwell
- John Quaker
- Oats are from the grass family, true or false.
- Giving children oats from an early age can reduce the risk of getting asthma. True or False
- Dr. John Kellog