Nutritionist Lucy Hyland

Granola

June 3, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Make your own Breakfast Cereals

We have been told for a number of years now that convenience food is more convenient than making your own, yet it seems that this message is not true. Making your own meals works out cheaper and often a lot easier than people imagine.

It’s actually very straightforward to go out every week with a shopping list, plan for the week and buy your ingredients. When I run my cookery classes, people look in disbelief at how quick and easy many meals are to cook. It seems its people perceptions that are preventing them from cooking, not the actually cooking itself.

There is an ongoing concern about what is being put into our breakfast cereals. Most breakfast cereals on the shelves, whether marketed as helping with weight loss or being full of fibre, are high in salt, sugar and fat (consuming these are linked to serious diseases).

Most cereal packets are also made with refined grains, such white rice or processed corn or wheat, making them low in nutrients and low in fibre. This results in feeling hungry again quickly and reaching for the mid morning muffin or scone and will result in sugar cravings later on in the day. Choose whole grain cereals instead or make your own!

The great thing about this granola is lasts you the week.  If you didn’t toast the oats, you could call this muesli (take out the oil for toasting).

 

 

Homemade Granola

Homemade Granola

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of oat flakes (120 grams)
  • 1 dessert spoon oil
  • 1 teaspoon of runny honey or maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tbsp sunflower seeds
  • 2 tbsp linseeds
  • 2 tbsp desiccated coconut
  • 2 tbsp chopped nuts (cashews are lovely)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
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Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 150oc
  2. Mix the oat flakes, oil and honey/maple well in a bowl and spread evenly on a baking tray. Place in oven for 10 mins, shaking occasionally.
  3. Add the other ingredients and toast for another 5-10 mins.
  4. Serve with chopped fruit and a good dollop of yogurt.
http://www.foodforliving.ie/healthy-eating-breakfasts-granola/

7 thoughts on “Granola

  • Hurraahhh, nice timing. I was only thinking about looking for a Granola recipe this week. I can’t wait to try it. I may ditch the cinnamon though ;0)
    Thanks Lucy!!

  • Hi Lucy, will any oil do for this? Going to try and be good for the next couple of weeks!
    Ruth xx

  • Thanks for the question Ruth. My advice with all of the oils that I cook with, is that you try to a minimum amount of oil in your cooking. I have now stopped using any oil in frying and use oven baking or water sautéing for everything else. I think this recipe is nice with a little crunchiness so I add a little oil. I would use only extra virgin olive oil or peanut oil or coconut oil for cooking. I would always ensure that the olive oil and peanut oil are purchased in a dark air tight bottle and stored in a cool dark cupboard.
    The main reason that I do not use much oil in cooking is that oils are highly susceptible to rancidity or the changing of their chemical structure when they are heated. This processing or heating of oils is linked to heart disease, obesity and inflammation within the body. Keep oil to a minimum. Happy cooking!!!!

  • Really enjoyed your class last night – love granola always wanted to make my own so will definately give this a shot ! Any suggestions what I could use instead of bannanas in your muffins please ?

  • Hey Sandra, Glad you enjoyed them. The great thing about the ripe bananas is that they are both sweet and moist, so you don’t have to add extra sugar. I have stewed apples in a little cinnamon and nutmeg (sweet and eating apples) and used them instead. Or you could stew some pear in a little ginger. Of course, we are starting to get some nice plums so that is also a great idea. Let me know how you go. Lucy @ http://www.foodforliving.ie

  • Always wanted to try making my own granola, at last an easy to follow recipie, THANK YOU!
    Added some raises and stewed apple as well, delish.

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