I love granola… So much so that I would have for breakfast everyday if I could.
I enjoy making my own granola because I am in control of how much fat and sugar goes into my granola. Shop bought granola tend to be expensive and have tons of refined sugars and fats.
Finding a healthy but tasty breakfast in the morning, while still trying to lose weight or maintain weight loss can be challenging. My 3 way granola has been my saving grace. My granola is tasty, filled with nutritious ingredients and will keep you full for the rest of the morning.
This granola also makes for a great snack during the day. You can choose to serve the granola plain, with yoghurt, juice, milk or even use the granola in smoothies. To add a touch of sweetness and a pop of colour add any seasonal fruits, when serving the granola.
My 3 way granola is made from one basic recipe. This makes is super easy to create different flavors and variations from one recipe.
Granola 3 delicious ways...
Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 15-20 minutes Serves: 12
Ingredients for base recipe:
500g rolled oats (4 ½ cups)
1/3 cup/ 80ml vegetable oil
½ cup/ 125ml honey or any liquid sweetener
½ cup/ 125ml peanut butter
1t/ 5ml vanilla essence
1t/ 5ml cinnamon powder
Pinch of salt
Preheat oven to 175°C. Combine all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Make sure that the oats is coated in all the ingredients.
Pour the mixture on a wax paper lined baking sheet, spread evenly on the baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes, switch of the oven and leave granola to cool in the oven, tossing and turn every 5-10 minutes.
Once completely cooled store in an airtight container for up to two weeks or freeze for 3 months.
Why not try…
1. All bran and raisin:
Once the granola is cooled add 1 cup of raisins and 1 cup of all bran flakes.
2. Chocolate coconut:
Once the granola is cooled add 1 cup dark chocolate chips or chop dark chocolate and 1 cup shredded coconut.
3. Pumpkin pie:
To the base recipe add ½ t cinnamon powder, ½ t ginger powder, ½ nutmeg powder. Once the granola cooled add ½ cup toasted pumpkin seeds and ½ cup toasted sunflower seeds.
Note: It might be difficult to mix in your peanut butter if the peanut butter is stiff. To make this easier, place the peanut butter in the microwave for a few minutes until it becomes runny in consistency.
To avoid this step buy natural peanut butter, that is naturally runny in consistency. Please also note that it is best to use peanut butter that has no added sugar or salt. If you can not find one do not add salt or honey when making the granola.
Ps: All weight loss starts in the kitchen.