I have been experimenting with making my own granola and this is one that has been a hit so I thought I would share it. I will share a few others over time too.
Granola is both nutrient dense and calorically dense so the key is portion size. A few tablespoons to 1/3 cup is a good range to aim for. If you have a child that is “hungry all the time”, granola is a wonderful thing for them to eat to try to fill up. This one has incredible nutrition packed in that surpasses some others.
Steel cut oats: good source or soluble fibre; offers slow released carbohydrates into the body; low glycemic index; rich in iron.
Chia seeds: complete protein (contains all the amino acids the body needs to make a body protein)
Blueberries: packed with antioxidants that fight cancer, aging, and heart disease
Buckwheat Honey: anti-inflammatory properties
Cinnamon: helps to control blood glucose levels
Here is the actual recipe…
3 cups Steel Cut Quick Cooking Oats (I like to use Bob’s Red Mill oats)
1 cup Chia Seeds
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup honey (preferably Buckwheat honey)
1 cup dried blueberries (or raisins)
1 Tbsp. cinnamon
- Mix all ingredients together in a bowl thoroughly.
- Spread onto a baking stone (or baking sheet).
- Bake at 400 degrees F for about 45 minutes or until mixture is crispy.
- Store in sealed container on the counter or in the fridge.
Serving suggestions are endless for this granola. I like to add a few tablespoons to cereal, on top of pancakes or waffles, into yogurt, with sliced apples or bananas, on a salad, etc.
Until next time…stay healthy!