Home made granola is simply unbearable on a big and beautiful breakfast table. I always thought making it myself is super time consuming and difficult, but guess what: it’s not! Who watches my snapchat (@Jelena_Marija) has probably seen me make it at least 3 times in the past month 🙂
You can make a delicious crunchy and healthy granola muesli in just 30 minutes, and it’s gonna last you for.. well, since it’s so good.. probably not too long, haha
I usually keep it in a big jar or an empty oats box. My granola does last quite a while, since I just love adding a little crunch to my smoothies, chia pudding, banana ice cream or fruit salads, rather than eating a full bowl of granola. Sometimes I just grab a hand full as a snack 🙂 But everyone has their own preferences.
Feel free to add or replace any nuts or seeds how you like, this is just an idea so you know how much of the ingredients I used to fill one large container. I actually used a big coffee cup for the measurements.
– 1 cup of oats
– 1 cup of pecan nuts
– 1/2 cup of pumpkin seeds
-1/2 cup of sunflower seeds
– 1/4 cup of flax seed
– 3 heaped tbsp of solid coconut oil
– 3 tbsp of maple syrup
– 1 tbsp of cinnamon
Pulse the pecans and almonds in a food processor for about 30 seconds – or break them into smaller pieces with your hands. Place them into a large mixing bowl with all the ingredients above the star (*) and stir together.
Use a sauce pan (or microwave) to melt the coconut oil above medium heat and add the maple syrup and cinnamon. Stir well until a smooth brown liquid forms. Pour it all over the dry ingredients and mix well so everything is covered evenly. You will see that it starts forming clusters which means it only needs to be baked now – yum!
I used a baking sheet on a tray and spread the mixture as good as possible. Bake at 180 degrees Celsius or 350 F for about 15 minutes. Then check on your granola, turn the pan if your oven doesn’t bake evenly and bake for another 10 minutes until your granola gets crispy. At this point – thanks to the cinnamon – your kitchen will be smelling wonderfully, creating a more cozy and comforting atmosphere.
When done allow the granola to cool down before storing it in a jar. If you want you can add gojis or other dried berries to your granola now.
Enjoy it with any kind of plant based milk, porridge, in a smoothie bowl or just plane as a snack ❤
P.S. Scroll all the way down to find out more about the benefits of oats, flax seed, coconut oil & cinnamon !
- Oats contain a high amount of fiber, which helps to keep you full for longer as well, avoiding any blood sugar spikes and crashes, as helping your digestive system to work more efficiently.
- A certain type of fiber, called beta-glucagon, is present in oats and particularly beneficial. It has been shown to lower cholesterol levels, reduce the risk of high blood pressure and heart attacks and enhance the immune system’s response to bacterial infection.
- They’re also a rich source of selenium, which is vital for DNA repair, as well as being associated with a reduced risk of cancer, especially colon cancer.
- As well as being a great source of magnesium, which is essential for enabling over three hundred different enzyme functions around the body, including the secretion of insulin and glucose.
- Flax seeds are high in fiber, which supports your digestive system. Ingesting high amounts of fiber also aids in balancing your blood sugar which is important for people that are diabetic or have trouble with their blood sugar.
- They have a high (plant based) content of omega 3. These essential fatty acids (“essential” means they must be consumed because our bodies can’t produce them) play an important role in the anti-inflammatory system of our body.
- Anyone who read the China Study (from Professor T. Colin Campbell of the Cornell University, New York) knows the negative effect that animal protein may have on your health. Vegan protein like in flax seed, on the other hand is safe and beneficial.
- Flax contains lignans which reduce the risk of breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men. The lignans alter the way your body metabolizes estrogens into safer forms.
- has a high smoking point – this means it can be heated to a high temperature before oxidizing and releasing lots of free radicals. It is therefore my first choice for cooking and baking.
- yes, it contains saturated fat (medium chain triglycerides – MCTs), which can not be compared to saturated fats in cheese and steak (long chain triglycerides – LCT). To keep it short: these fats are not equal and our body metabolises them in different ways. MCTs can actually increase the amount of energy that our bodies burn and boost the metabolism.
- it is antibacterial, thanks to its lauric acid content. So while our body breaks down the fatty acids in coconut oil they can kill harmful bacteria, boosting our immunity.
- It’s also been shown to help with digestive issues as the fatty acids in coconut oil have microbial properties, which soothe the issues that lead to poor digestion such as candida, parasites or bacteria imbalance in the gut.
- allows an easier absorption of vitamins and minerals.
- Cinnamon is excellent for brain health and some rigorous studies have found a variety of neurological benefits that improved cognition and a reduction of oxidation in the brain. Also it may be beneficial for Parkinson’s patients.
- It’s a good source of the powerful antioxidant manganese. Two teaspoons of cinnamon provides about half the RDA of manganese, a powerful antioxidant that is crucial for brain and body health.
- Beyond antioxidants, cinnamon is also rich in natural compounds called polyphenols. These compounds appear to mimic the action of insulin in your body and may help regulate blood sugar levels. That makes cinnamon an important food for people with diabetes.