Now of course even healthy granola is still a higher calorie snack, but it's a really nutritious snack packed with beneficial ingredients that will give you lots of energy. Whole oats are a slow releasing carbohydrate, raw seeds give you a great boost of protein and fibre, and dried fruits replace other artificial sugars. This recipe is sweetened with a bit of honey and uses some good quality coconut oil and peanut butter as the fat component. These are all good things for your body with many nutritional benefits!
4 cups large flake oats (not instant oats)
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup sesame seeds
3 tbsp chia seeds
2 tsp cinnamon
3 tbsp peanut butter
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup honey
To be added after baking:
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup black raisins
1/2 cup shredded coconut
Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F.
1) In a large bowl, mix together the oats, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, chia seeds and cinnamon.
2) In a small pan over low heat, melt peanut butter, coconut oil and honey, stirring well to avoid burning. Once the mixture is loose, pour over oats and mix well with a spatula.
3) Spread onto a parchment lined baking tray and bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown. Rotate and stir the granola halfway through baking to ensure even colour.
4) Remove from the oven and leave to cool. Once cooled down, stir in the cranberries, raisins, and shredded coconut.
Enjoy on its own, with your milk of choice, on top of yogurt or sprinkled over a smoothie bowl.