Granola to fuel your body and soul
This is my go-to granola mix for the family, as it is jam packed with nutritional benefits. It is vitamin and mineral dense, high in essential fatty acids, protein AND fibre. It's easy, delicious and a total nutritional powerhouse to nourish your body and soul... enjoy!
½ cup walnuts
½ cup brazil nuts (preferably not Australian grown, as our soil is deficient in selenium)
½ cup almonds
½ cup pepitas
1 cup puffed quinoa
1 cup rolled oats
½ cup activated buckwheat
2 tbsp chia seeds
1/3 cup tahini
¼ cup olive oil
¼ cup maple syrup
Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius, and prep a large baking tray with baking paper.
Pulse walnuts, almonds, brazil nuts until chopped, or chop by hand.
Combine chopped nuts, oats, puffed quinoa, activated buckwheat, coconut flakes, chia seeds and pepitas in large bowl and stir well.
- Mix wet ingredients (olive oil, maple syrup, tahini) in small bowl until smooth.
- Combine dry & wet ingredients together in the large bowl and add cinnamon and mix through well.
- Spread the mixture over the baking tray, creating a thin, even layer so that the mixture can cook evenly.
Pop into the oven for 20 minutes, or until golden (not burnt) and ensure to stir the mixture around on the tray at about the 10 minute mark - and then Bob's your uncle!
llow to cool off before storing in an air tight container or Jar.
This combination granola is best served with your milk of choice, with a dollop of yoghurt, and some frozen fruit. You can even sprinkle it on top of your smoothie bowl!
Be warned though... you will most likely be going back for seconds! Remember all great things must be enjoyed in moderation.
Oats, quinoa, nuts and seeds are high in fibre (among other things), which is essential for elimination of toxins, hormones and cholesterol. Fibre is also fundamental for the health of the gut micro-biome, impacting intestinal mucosal integrity, immune function and the production of anti-inflammatory compounds. Fibre and Methylhydroxychalcone (MHCP), a compound found in cinnamon, reduce the rate in which glucose is absorbed into the blood. MHCP mimics the function of insulin stimulating the uptake of glucose out of the blood stream into the cells. So eat your fibre!
Brazil nuts contain the mineral selenium, which is deficient in most people. This mineral is essential for activating our thyroid hormones that are responsible for a healthy metabolism.
These ingredients are loaded with: B complex; vitamins for healthy energy and neurotransmitter production and liver detoxification support; magnesium involved in over 300 enzymatic reactions; calcium for healthy bones and vitamin D absorption; iron for liver detoxification pathways and red blood cell production.
Please note: maple syrup, although refined sugar free, is still a sugar and has an affect on blood glucose levels. Omit this if needed.
- Bridget x