The oats in granola provide complex carbohydrates which are necessary for sustained energy throughout the day. The variety of nuts and seeds provides an abundance of vitamins and minerals, some protein as well as ‘good fats’. Good fats are necessary for healthy brain and nervous system function. Adding lupin flakes to your granola gives it an added protein – protein is so important as part of a balanced breakfast as it helps stabilse your blood sugar through-out the day, curbing those nasty 3pm sugar cravings!
Here's a recipe from Carissa, our resident nutritionist, that will tantalise your tastebuds!
Preparation time 20 minutes
Cooking time 20-40 minutes (dependent on oven and how crunchy you like you Granola)
Makes one massive jar!
- 4 cups of wholegrain oats
- 2 cups Lupin flakes
- ½ cup pepitas
- ½ cup sunflower seeds
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- ¼ cup raw cocao nibs
- 10 majool dates (deseeded and cut into small pieces)
- ¼ cup buckwheat groats
- ¼ cup white sesame seeds
- ¼ cup organic sultana’s
- ½ cup shredded coconut
- organic honey /organic ginger Syrup / coconut oil
Preheat your oven to 180 degrees. On a large baking tray spread the oats and lupin flakes - mixing evenly. Drizzle over some honey, ginger syrup and coconut oil until mixture is about lightly covered. Lightly sprinkle over some cinnamon. Place the tray in the oven and bake until the oats appear lightly toasted on top. Remove the tray. With a spatula or wooden spoon, turn the oats and lupin flakes so ‘less cooked’ parts our now facing up. Drizzle with honey, syrup and coconut oil as before and lightly dust with cinnamon. Place the tray back in the oven. Once the oats are golden brown remove the oats from the oven. If the oats are evenly toasted throughout the mix, the cooking process is complete. If not, repeat the toasting process.
Once your oats are golden brown allow them to cool for a while. In the meantime, place all remaining ingredients into a large mixing bowl mix. Once the oats are cooled add the mixtures together. Store in a large airtight jar.
Granola can be served with any type of milk, yoghurt and fresh fruit!
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