Crunchy Paleo Breakfast Granola

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Breakfast is really important to me, without a morsel in the morn I may as well go back to bed! I always try to make breakfast as exciting and of course, as healthy as possible too. I find that if I am faced with happy and healthy foods, my senses are awakened and I am ready to take on the day.

As you’ll have noticed from my previous posts, I don’t use granulated sugar very much, in fact I barely touch the stuff. I prefer to use maple syrup, agave or honey to sweeten things instead, it’s also much better for your body.

My granola has only one sweetener, and that’s raw honey, pure and natural with immunity boosting properties.

This granola is packed full of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and omega 3. It’s a breakfast that will support your immune system as well as satisfying your appetite.

Prep: 5 mins         Bake: 30 minutes      Servings : 6-8

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of mixed nuts (I used almonds,hazelnuts,cashews,pecans,brazils)

  • 1/2 cup of cranberries

  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds 

  • 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds

  • 1 tablespoon desiccated coconut (optional)

  • 1 1/2 tablespoon raw honey

  • 1 teaspoon of coconut oil

Optional Ingredients 

  • organic pumpkin seeds 

  • chia seeds

  • cacoa nibs

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C, line a flat baking tray with a sheet of greaseproof paper, then rub the teaspoon of coconut oil over the sheet.

  2. Roughly chop all the nuts in a food processor or…(like I did) bash them with a pestle, it’s a nice little workout for your arm!

  3. Mix together the nuts, cranberries and seeds, drizzle the honey into the mix and give everything a good stir.

  4. Next, spread the nut mixture onto the tray. Bake for about 10 minutes. Take the tray out, give it a quick mix with a spoon and add the desiccated coconut at this point.

  5. Bake for a further 10-15 minutes, you want the granola to be golden and crunchy looking so keep an eye on this one. 

  6. Once ready, allow to cool completely and store in an airtight container. I’ve added some ingredients above as optional, but I would advise them for an added boost of goodness. Pumpkin seeds and chia seeds are best eaten raw, so that’s why I sprinkle them into my granola at the end. Cacao nibs are also a wonderful addition and they will help put some pep in your step. Add about a tablespoon of each. 

Serving suggestion:

Top your granola with some natural or greek yogurt and a serving of fresh fruit.

My tips:

  • You could add raisins or dates to this recipe instead of cranberries, or use all three!

  • This is a great midday snack, I usually carry some around in a little lunchbox or a sandwich bag to munch on throughout the day.

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