I often get asked whether the store bought cereals are a good breakfast option and the simple answer is No!
Even the ones that claim to be sugar free, and the so called nutritious granolas that boast of the high fibre and whole grain. Yet these are still packed full of hidden sugars and most cereals are highly processed so most nutrients are lost which means there’s no benefit to you.
Okay so making Cheerios isn’t going to be easy, but making your own granola is! And trust me when I say, you will not want to buy store bought cereals again!
Granola is really easy to make but don’t be sucked in by all these recipes that use huge amounts such of maple syrup and claim that they are healthy as they are refined sugars free. My recipe uses mashed banana as its sweet source which means no maple syrup, honey or coconut sugar is needed. Of course if you do like it a little sweeter, feel free to add in a small amount.
You often gear me talk about the health benefits of oats…seriously though, they really are your healthy best friend. They are packed full of fibre which helps to support gut health as well as helping to slow down the breakdown of sugars that all carbohydrates are made from which means that you won’t have that mid morning slump in energy and feel the need to reach for that chocolate bar. The wonderful fibre in oats is called beta-glucan which has been shown to support heart heart, reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and strokes. Oats are also packed full of antioxidants that helps to support our cells from oxidative stress.
The best oats to use are whole rolled oat, try and avoid the instant oats as these have been processed and lose a lot of their nutritional value so step away from the ready brek.
This granola is perfect for mornings when time is short, perfect to pack in a jar and take to work or simply eaten straight from the jar…but be warned it’s additive.
Super Nutty Cinnamon and Peanut Butter Granola
2 cup jumbo rolled oats
1/2 cup oat bran
1 – 1 1/2 cups mixture of nuts and seeds ( I used pecans, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and Brazil nuts this time)
2 tsp cinnamon (Ceylon cinnamon is the best quality)
1 large ripe banana
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup crunchy natural peanut butter
In a bowl add the oats, oat bran, nuts and seeds and mix in the cinnamon until all the mixture isn’t coated.
Mash the banana in a bowl and add the extra virgin olive oil, and peanut butter and stir together
Add this mixture to the oats and stir through so that everything is coated.
Spoon the granola onto two baking trays, allowing pockets of space which will help to circulate the air from the oven and make it lovely and crispy.
Pop into the pre heated oven at 150c for approximately 20 minutes or until it’s all nice and crunchy.
When you remove from the oven, you can add pieces of dark chocolate which will melt and harden and make the granola extra delicious but always remember to leave the granola to cool down completely that way you’ll have nice crunchy chunks rather than flakey bits of oats.
Store in an airtight jar or container in a cool place.