Jason and I have been trying to eat more healthily (not including France!?!) and my friend Janice recommended a great blog called The Little Green Spoon. I wouldn’t say we’re totally doing the whole ‘clean eating’ thing but we are trying to eat more fruit, vegetables, whole grains, cut down on sugar and processed foods. I’d never made granola before as I always thought it was too much hassle; that was until I tried to buy some that didn’t contain sugar.
Sugar is my drug of choice and I have a problem with it. I LOVE sugar, most of my life I’ve eaten too much of it every single day. I know it’s my weakness and I didn’t realise it was beginning to make me feel awful most of the time. Mood swings, hunger, nausea, tiredness and restlessness. When I began to limit the amount of it I ate I couldn’t believe how different I felt. The sugar cravings started to ease the less I ate of it. The nausea totally disappeared. My mood swings settled and my energy levels stabilised! That lead me to reading granola labels like a crazy person and deciding I needed to make my own granola. My pal Louise talked me through it one night at her house and I headed home to give it a go. I adapted this recipe Coconut and pistachio granola to suit what I had in my cupboard! Here’s what I came up with.
1 Cup of Jumbo Oats
1/2 Cup of Desiccated Coconut
1/2 Cup of flaked almonds
1/2 Cup of pumpkin seeds
½ tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 Cup of Coconut Oil (60ml)
1/4 Cup of Maple syrup
Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl
Melt coconut oil and stir in maple syrup
Add wet ingredients to dry and mix well.
Thinly layer on top of grease paper on a baking tray.
Bake for 20mins at 180c
Allow to cool
Completely and store in an airtight tub.
Serve with fresh fruit, yoghurt and honey. Or with ice cold milk.
Why not adapt it for yourself and share your variations below!