Store-bought granola is one of those sneaky non-healthy foods that likes to market itself as a healthy choice. It is generally packed with sugar! Granola is also traditionally made from lots of oats, which are delicious but here is an alternative that cuts down on the carbs and uses some sugar alternatives.
As you know, one of my food philosophies is to eat Low Carb Healthy Fat (LCHF) choices so I do try and substitute delicious foods with lower carb (low sugar) alternatives where I can.
The great thing about this recipe is that it is perfect for bulk meal prep. Mornings can be rushed and not everyone feels hungry straight away for breakfast so this is a great grab-and-go option. Pop it in a jar or container, top with yoghurt and some fresh berries and eat when you're hungry.
Don't worry too much about using specific types of nuts, you can mix and match them so if you can't find or don't have a specific sort handy, just use more of the others and make sure the overall quantity is the same.
This is very filing so a serving size is small, 1/3 cup.
1/2 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
1/2 cup almonds, roughly chopped
1/4 cup hazelnuts, roughly chopped
1/2 cup flaked almonds
1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
1/3 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup flax meal
1/4 cup unsweetened dried cranberries
1/4 cup Sukrin Syrup or similar (any low sugar alternative to honey, maple syrup etc)
1 tbsp butter or melted coconut oil (go butter if you are putting in the coconut flakes as it could be an overload of coconut flavour.
Pinch of salt
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 cup coconut flakes
Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
Line a baking tray and add all the seeds, nuts and fruit, mixing it all up.
Drizzle the melted butter and syrup all over the try and then toss to make sure everything is coated. You want this as even as possible so that you don't get random undressed bits.
Toast for 15 minutes or until the mixture is going golden.
NOTE it won't be hard but as soon as it's golden, take it out of the oven and allow it to cool and harden on the tray.
The mixture will be all stuck together but once cool you can smash it up into chunky pieces.
Then simply measure out 1/3 cup of the granola and top with your favourite ingredients.
RRF Team member Leona had hers with Greek yoghurt and blueberries (still frozen🤣) and topped with chia seeds for some extra fibre!
Steer clear of "low-fat yoghurt" and go for berries or other fruit with high antioxidant levels or half a banana.