One of the things in life that really irks me (do people still use that expression?) is breakfast cereal. It’s a part of the culture I grew up with (“….kids are Weet-bix kids”, anyone?) and over the years ingrained into our (westernized) psyche to start the day this way – and yet it is possibly one of the biggest traps in the healthy eating labyrinth. One word: Sugar. It is sneakily added into even the most healthy looking-well packaged-whole grain-organic touting boxes. For me there is a difference between processed sugar and naturally occurring sugars (like in fruit), but the other side of the coin is that at the end of the day fructose is fructose, so we really need to be mindful of that we are putting into our bodies.
The only way you can be sure? I mean REALLY sure? Make it yourself.
Making healthy food (and sharing it!) feeds my soul. It brings me so much joy! Also, when you make homemade granola it smells like Christmas in your kitchen, which is also pretty joyful. And the best part? You can still get your ‘sweet fix’ without adding any sugar!
I used the recipe from Sarah Wilson’s “I Quit Sugar” and then slightly modified it a little for my taste and nutritional requirements.
Here’s my modified recipe:
Note: You may think I’m kind of vague on the quantities – the reason is because this recipe is so flexible…you can really add more or less of each ingredient depending on your preferred taste.
Take a couple of generous cups of sprouted nuts (pecans, walnuts, cashews, almonds). I sprouted mine myself to keep costs down and to really make it from scratch.
Add a few handfuls of rolled organic oats. (The reason I add the oats is because oats contain a type of soluble fibre that slows down the absorption of carbohydrates into the bloodstream. This slower digestion prevents dramatic spikes in blood sugar and insulin levels that would otherwise encourage our bodies to produce and store fat).
Throw in some pumpkin seeds and a few teaspoons of chia seeds.
A few handfuls of unsweetened coconut flakes.
Add a teaspoon of cinnamon (Helloooo Christmas!)
If you fancy you can also add some organic raw cacao nibs.
Drizzle with melted coconut oil and stir through (a couple of teaspoons should do it – enough to lightly coat everything).
Spoon onto a baking tray and bake in the oven (180 degrees C) for 10 mintues on each side (keep an eye on it though…some ovens are stronger than others and no one likes a burnt Christmas). Leave to cool and then store in an air tight container.
I eat mine with a few spoonfuls of organic, natural yoghurt. Full fat. Full taste. No sugar!
Et voila! Super healthy, super tasty. Keep your brekkie cereal culture…just put down the cocoa pops and get into the kitchen (you may find it feeds your soul as well as your tummy!)