19/05/2016

Clean Eats 101 ~ Home Made Granola

I go through Fazes of craving really sweet carb loaded snacks, my latest being Greek Yogurt with Honey and Granola... I know what you're thinking 'well that sound's healthy enough, it's better than your usual hankering for Donuts' 
X Yep, I thought that too... until I actually took the time to read the contents of my beloved G. Firstly, 45g the 'suggested serving' is not enough for me, not when I get a movie munch on, I need at least 100g (I'm a booty growing lady okay!!) so for 100g of shop bought Granola we're roughly looking at; 450g cals, 16g of fats and a whopping 26g of sugar - that's half of the sugar content I incorporate into my daily diet in one meal!!
Soooo unable to fend of my cravings (story of my life) I did what I always do... I had a go at making my own and making it healthy (er) ! Let me tell you, Shop bought granola - is now a thing of the past my friends!

Ingredients:
350g of standard rolled oats (I really like Mornflake superfast oats, super high in fibre & helps to lower cholesterol)
200g trail mix (the one I always use comes from The Grape Tree Health Food Store , contains Sunflower seeds, Soya Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds, Raisins, Dried Cranberries and Flaked Coconut - nomnomnommm)
0.5 cup of Coconut Oil or I use Rice Bran Oil because it's rich in Vitamin E, again aids in lowering cholesterol and because of it's super high smoke point the flavor of your food is never impacted by the heat you cook it at. So I always have a bottle of this in my kitchen.
0.5 tsp. Cinnamon
1 tsp. Vanilla extract
0.5 cup of maple syrup or honey -  I used MyProteins Sugar Free Butterscotch Syrup

Method of my madness:
Preheat the oven to 200 degree's celcius and grease proof paper line a large baking tray. 
In a large mixing bowl combine your oats, cinnamon, oil, syrup and and vanilla until every oat is coated. 
Pour your granola mix onto the baking pan and spread it out evenly before baking for 15 minutes, then add your trail mix, give a good stir and bake for a further 15 minutes.
Once cooked allow the granola to cool and then store in an airtight container. 
* Optional bits and bobs -  try adding in almonds, pecans or even dark chocolate chips (once the granola has fully cooled)
*Can be frozen for up to 3 months









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