Most store bought cereals and granolas are touted as “Healthy” but the truth is that they are often loaded with sugar, unhealthy oils and fillers. That’s the bad news. The good news is that granola can still be a part of a healthy diet, if you know what to look for or better yet, if you make it yourself.
This homemade granola is leaps and bounds healthier than any store bought brand and let me tell you, it packs an impressive nutirional punch. The oats are rich in fiber and iron, while the coconut chips, nuts and seeds add heart-healthy fats and protein. Sweetened with just the right amount of Maple syrup and sprinkled with cinnamon, its the perfect balance between sweet and spicy.
A few Granola Tips
1. To Clump or not to Clump. I love a clumpy granola, but often times the best clump is yielded from adding too much sweetener. So here are a few clumping tips that don’t involve sending your insulin through the roof. The more crowded the better. Yup, fill that baking sheet to the brim, the more the merrier in this case. Lightly press the mixture down before baking. Once it’s finished baking, let it rest, don’t stir until it has cooled.
2. Swap the Mix-ins. Get creative with your granola, there’s no one looking over your shoulder making sure that you follow the recipe exactly. Just be smart with your swaps, keep your ratio of wet-to-dry ingredients roughly the same as the original recipe.
3. Know when to add your Mix-ins. If you’re adding dried fruit to your granola wait to mix it in with the other ingredients until AFTER baking. Same thing goes for cacoa nibs as they’ll taste really bitter if you add them in before baking.
Enjoy waking up to your homemade hearty granola all week long. It’s awesome on its own, with nut milk or my favourite way to enjoy it is sprinkled ontop of coconut yogurt…yum!