Try my healthy granola recipe or toasted muesli as we know it in Australia. It's super easy to make and can be customised to your taste. Start with my basic recipe and then take a look at some of the suggested variations.
Granola is such a versatile food, use it to top Thermomix Greek Yoghurt, chia pudding, custard or ice-cream for a delicious crunch. Try a bowl of poached pears with granola for dessert, or snack on it like a trail mix. You could even serve it with Homemade Soy Milk for a vegan breakfast idea.
Why homemade granola is better than store bought!
Making your own granola means you know exactly what ingredients have been used and you can customise them based on your own health criteria.
- Homemade granola contains less sugar than commercially prepared granola.
- You can vary the type of sugar used, ie maple syrup, coconut blossom sugar, honey or no sugar
- Choose the type of fat you prefer, I have used coconut oil but you could use almond or macadamia oil
- Add your own favourite seeds and nuts. Or make it nut-free!
- You could also toss through some dried fruits before storing
- Add the spices you like, maybe add some ground ginger for a gingerbread flavour, or mixed spice if you would like your granola to taste like Easter Buns.
Is Granola Healthy?
Like all foods, moderation is the name of the game. The ingredients in this Granola recipe contain valuable nutrients which are needed in the body.
Rolled oats (avoid minute oats) are a wholegrain and fabulous source of fibre. It takes the body a long time to digest this food so it reduces blood glucose spikes. The long digestion time also keeps you feeling full longer. Beta Glucan in oats also has a cholesterol-lowering effect. The resistant starch in the oats will help feed the good gut bacteria. This has much flow on health benefits.
Nuts and Seeds are good sources of protein which also helps keep you full longer and assist in preventing muscle catabolism. They also provide healthy essential fats.
Coconut and seeds are a good source of antioxidants which fight inflammation.
Granola is also a useful source of iron, zinc, and vitamin A.
So it all sounds pretty good... but, don't forget coconut, nuts and seeds are calorie dense. So granola is a useful topping for yoghurt or as a snack but should be eaten as part of a balanced diet.
Making Granola - Melt and Mix!
If you don't have a Thermomix you can still make this delicious granola using my simple melt-and-mix method.
- In a glass jar add maple syrup, vanilla, coconut oil, and cinnamon.
- Place in the microwave, and heat until melted.
- Add oats, almonds, pepita or pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds to a large bowl.
- Stir the dry ingredients.
- Add the microwaved ingredients to the dry ingredients and combine.
- Spread granola over a prepared baking tray and cook as described below.
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Healthy Granola Recipe
- 1 Thermomix or Microwave
- 1 large bowl
- 60 g maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla paste
- ½ cup coconut oil
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 240 g rolled oats
- 80 g slivered almonds
- 15 g pepita seeds (pumpkin seeds)
- 15 g sunflower seeds
- ⅔ cup coconut flakes
- Preheat oven to 170 degrees celsius
- Line a baking tray with paper.
- Place maple syrup, vanilla, coconut oil, and cinnamon in TM Bowl.60 g maple syrup, 1 teaspoon vanilla paste, ½ cup coconut oil, ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- Heat 2 min/Varoma/Speed 2
- In a large bowl add rolled oats, slivered almonds, pepita seeds, and sunflower seeds.240 g rolled oats, 80 g slivered almonds, 15 g sunflower seeds, 15 g pepita seeds (pumpkin seeds)
- Pour the oil mixture over the dry ingredient and combine by hand until thoroughly mixed.
- Spread over the prepared baking tray in a thin layer.
- Bake 170 degrees for 20 minutes. Stirring once or twice for even browning.
- Add the coconut flakes and stir to combine.⅔ cup coconut flakes
- Cook for an additional 5 minutes or until golden.
- Allow granola to cool before placing it in an airtight container
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