Mornings are not always easy especially if you have kids, or work so making breakfast time easier is a big priority.
I'm always saying to my son that Breakfast is hugely important, its breaking the fast from overnight therefore its important to ensure we fuel ourselves right for the rest of the day.
I like to make sure that we have a good source of fibre, colour, and nutrients including protein and complex carbohydrates which will help to keep us feeling fuller for longer and try to reduce that urge for a chocolate bar or cup of coffee later in the day.
In my clinic I encourage my clients to be prepared by making foods either at the weekend for the rest of the week or the night before with breakfasts such as my Bircher Muesli which is always a huge hit in our house.
And did you know that Granola is so easy to make and has far less sugar than the store bought variety which is what we want to avoid.
Why not give my recipe ago and let me know how you get on, you can mix and match the nuts, seeds, add in dried fruit at the end, use peanut butter instead of the tahini or leave out the chocolate if you really wanted although this is my favourite part.
Cinnamon and Tahini Oat and Nut Granola with Dark Chocolate
3 cups jumbo rolled oats
1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
1/3 cup flaked almonds
1/3 cup pecans
1/3 cup walnuts
1/3 cup Brazil nuts
2 tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil
2 ripe bananas (mashed)
2 heaped tbsp tahini (or almond butter or peanut butter)
25g dark chocolate (at least 85% Cacao content)
Preheat the oven to 160/150c fan and line a baking tray (with sides.) maybe two depending on how big your tray is
Add the oats, pumpkin seeds, almonds, pecans, Brazil nuts, and walnuts in a large bowl (try and break up some of the nuts) add the cinnamon powder and stir through
In a bowl add the mashed banana, extra virgin olive oil/ melted coconut oil and tahini and mix together
Pour this over the dry ingredients, and stir to coat all the oats and nuts
Spread the mixture out evenly on the baking sheet
Pop into the oven and bake in the preheated oven until crispy, golden and toasted, about 20-25 minutes. Do not stir the granola as this will stop it from forming clusters.
Remove from the oven and add chunks of dark chocolate (I break up a bar of dark chocolate) and allow it to cool completely