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Homemade Granola - Healthy Quick Breakfast Series

A great one for meal prep day! Makes the house smell oh so delicious. Stores beautifully. Kids (especially if they are part of the process) LOVE THIS!! Woohooo healthy breakfast and snacks, here we come!

It's no longer a secret that breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day especially for children. However, it can also be the most stressful, complicated, mindset challenging meals of the day.

What better way to remove the negatives than to be ready, prepared and graciously shasayyyy into the kitchen every morning and have your nutrient packed breakfast ready in seconds!

Now we do have lots of options and variations for this but here is one that we love to share.

Once again, as always at Healthy Food and Lifestyle Co., every recipe is so very adaptable and a blank canvas awaiting your personal touches, tastes, nutritional needs.

We find ourselves reaching for this granola at snack time, not only breakfast. It's also been know to fancy up so many other dishes/desserts, even as a simple garnish. Dark chocolate buttons of melted chocolate with a sprinkle of our granola is one of the many variations and purposes this simple but delicious creation can produce.

This is crazy simple and really doesn't need a recipe so to speak. It's one of those things that I'm sure you have all done before, so we are just bringing it back to the surface for inspiration. To remind you how nutritious, delicious and simple it is.

Why is it so nutrient dense?

Nuts, seeds, fruits are packed with nutrients in almost a concentrated form. Nuts and spices when soaked or heated can further release vital key nutrients at a higher level, amping up the nutritional concentration even further.

Keep this in mind with your little fussy eaters. A sprinkle of this magic granola dust is all it takes to ensure some wonderful levels of nutrients such as calcium (sesame seeds, almonds), omega 3 (linseeds/flaxseeds, chia seeds - although these should not be heated as it can denature/destabilise the nutrients - better to grind fresh and add just before consuming or soak), cinnamon (anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial) and so many more. You can literally create the perfect panacea of granola based on the nutritional needs.

OK, let's do this.

Prepare a large baking tray with baking paper. Pre-heat over to 180°C.

In a bowl straight up mix together:

2 Cups Rolled Oats (prefer organic and not quick oats)

1/2 Cup your favourite Nuts (almonds or hazelnuts or pecans or a mix)

1/2 Cup Seeds (our fave are pumpkin seeds - immune boosting but also sesame for calcium. We do like a mix of these)

1 teaspoon Cinnamon

3 Tablespoons Maple Syrup (the good stuff not the fake stuff)

2 Tablespoons Melted Coconut Oil (again, prefer the good stuff - organic, cold pressed)

Simply and evenly pour across the prepared tray, into middle of oven for 20 or so minutes, giving it a mix at the half way point.

Be mindful that you don't want to overdo the baking or take it too far. Golden is good. Darker golden is burnt.

When done, let it rest in the tray for another 15 minutes.

Then and only then, add to the mix:

1/2 Cup Dried Fruit (we love cranberries but also works with figs, sultanas, chopped apricots, dried blueberries, even dried banana chips)

Can be stored in airtight containers, preferably glass for up to 2 weeks in the pantry or dark cupboard.

Serve with yoghurt, coulis, fresh fruit, milk, and don't forget to read the other tips in the blog blurb above.

Let us know if you re-invent your granola into another magical recipe. The granola-tunities are endless!!

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