Easy Healthy Home Made Granola

In Yoga we have the Yamas and Niyamas as a way to guide us for living. Being kind to others (Ahimsa) is the first principle with non violence as another description. For me diet ie what we put into ourselves falls into this category. I have to be really careful with my blood sugar levels. I don’t have diabetes but I do get massive mood swings a few hours after I eat too much sugar.

I might get shaky and might get “hangry” (hungry and angry) even. Not nice for myself and specially not nice for the people around me. So I try to eat low GI when possible (physically ie if it’s available and mentally ie when I have enough mental energy).

Breakfast can be a time when you want a quick solution and cereal is ideal. If I have a bit more time, I might have avocado and a boiled egg OR a grated courgette omelette. I love granola on my yoghurt for a quick filling solution but it usually contains sugar when shop bought or even the healthy recipes contains things that raise blood sugar. Like banana or even medium to low GI like honey. apple, maple syrup and agave. but its still a concentrated source of carbohydrates and we should eat them in moderation. 

So I have tweaked a few recipes I have come across and created my own using cinnamon and ginger to sweeten a little. So I can start the day as I mean to go on.. and that’s yoga too. 

Healthy Granola – store in an air tight container like a Kilner jar

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups raw oats, preferably gluten free
  • 1 cup of raw nuts, chopped (any selection. This time I used: walnuts, pecans and almonds and macedemia nuts)
  • 1 cup of raw nuts, chopped (This time i used cashew nuts)
  • ¾ cup of mixed seeds (any selection. This time I used: sesame seeds, flaxseeds and chai seeds)
  • 1 cup of coconut flakes
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of grated ginger
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil (melted)
  • pinch of salt

METHOD

  1. Preheat the oven at 180 degrees Celsius.
  2. Mix all the ingredients together in a big mixing bowl.
  3. Spread the mixture in a thin layer on a oven tray and put in pre-heated oven for 20 min, until lightly toasted. Stir the mixture every 4-5 minutes to prevent burning.
  4. Cool before serving or storing. This can be kept for 2 weeks in air tight container.

BENEFITS

  • Easyto make and store
  • Noadded sugar
  • Glutenfree
  • Fullof protein
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