FIRST 2018 BLOG: HOMEMADE GRANOLA

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Welcome to the New Year, and I hope you had an amazing holiday or you are still enjoying it. I had an amazing relaxed holiday after posting my free Christmas Special eBook, which was my gift to my blog and social media followers. I was such in a frenzy before posting it, a lot of things were going wrong, but finally I managed to complete it. So my holiday had to be the quietest holiday that did not involve cooking (let me rather say, I tried to stay away from the stove), which was a challenging task for me, I mean, by now you might have sort of picked up that is a near impossible task for me; however, I had to listen to the body. Nevertheless, I am now well rested and ready for this amazing year.

I must confess, much as I am an enthusiastic cook, breakfast is one of the things I never try to invest too much time in it, like I do with other meals and baking. However, I am strong believer of a healthy and sometimes boring breakfast. Believe me, my day-to-day breakfast meals are not even somewhat boring, but totally boring. So this morning, while I was perusing my book, thinking of what to eat after a cup of coffee, I realised that, I have all the ingredients to make a healthy granola. So I got up and plunked everything together and I was eating it 2 hours later.

One of the things I appreciated about making this granola in the past, was the high fibre in it as I added fibre bran to boost it. So if you have a slow metabolism system, this will help you, however note that, this is not based on any medical test but rather a personal experience, and might differ from person to person. I hope you enjoy it, and please do let me know about your experience in making it or eating.

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INGREDIENTS

2 Cups Rolled Oats

2 Egg Whites

½ Cup Pecan Nuts

½ Cup Flaked Almonds

¼ Cup Brazilian Nuts, roughly chopped

3 Tablespoons sesame seeds

1/3 Cup Dried Cranberries

¼ Cup Raisins

120ml Honey

120ml Coconut Oil, melted

2 Tablespoons Caramel Sugar (optional)

3 Tablespoons Coconut Sugar

1/3 Cup Fibre Bran

45ml Sunflower Seeds

1/3 Cup Pumpkin Seeds

1 Cup Coconut Flakes

METHOD
  1. Preheat oven to 190℃
  2. On a chopping board, roughly chop nuts, cranberries, and coconut flakes (if they’re too big). and set aside.
  3. In a mixing bowl, whisk egg whites, honey, coconut oil and sugars.
  4. Add oats, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, cranberries, raisins, pumpkin seeds, fibre bran, nuts and coconut flakes then mix well until everything is incorporated.
  5. Put the mixture on a baking tray, and level it using a palette knife or spatula and bake for 5 minutes.
  6. After 5 minutes take out the granola from the oven and stir (and level) to ensure even baking. Put it back and bake for 8 minutes, take it out then stir and level again.
  7. Put the granola back in the oven and bake for 2 to 3 minutes. Let it cool for about an hour or 2 hours before breaking it and placing it into an airtight container.
  8. Serve with plain yoghurt and honey or anyway you like.

 

 

 

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