Breakfast cereals made up a large part of my diet for most of my student years. I was one of those girls who could eat a bowl of cereal for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Unfortunately this came at the cost of my waistline as well as feeling chronically fatigued. When I learnt of how poor this food was for my body I kicked the habit, but I must admit I still do enjoy a delicious bowl of crunchy cereal. Sadly, almost all store bought granolas are laden with sugar, salt and other chemicals and preservatives.
Making a good quality granola at home can save you a lot of time in the mornings and help you avoid the high sugar, chemical-laden supermarket varieties.
I have included this recipe in the 10 day Reset guide as it is so easy to make, it tastes delicious and it can easily replace the ugly store bought product currently in your pantry.
This banana chocolate granola is made up from predominantly nuts and seeds, which provide healthy fats to keep you fueled and feeling full through the morning. There are natural sugars in the recipe to give the granola flavour. This sweetness comes from the banana, using fruit as a natural sweetener is better choice than sugar or artificial sweeteners as fruits have a higher fiber content so your blood sugar should remain stable through the morning.
I would recommend mixing this granola with plain natural yoghurt or coconut yoghurt – be wary of the fruit flavoured varieties as they can be high in added sugar. I would also top this breakfast with nutrient dense fruits, my choices would be a few sliced strawberries or a handful of blueberries, these fruits are packed full of phytonutrients and very low in natural sugars.
- 1 banana
- 1 cup oats
- 1 cup raw almonds
- ½ cup sunflower seeds
- ½ cup pumpkin seeds
- ¼ cup coconut flaked
- 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
- 2 tbsp nut butter
- 3 tsp cocoa powder or ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 200 C
- In a bowl finely mash banana and add coconut oil and nut butter.
- Add oats, nuts, seeds, coconut flakes and mix until all nuts, oats and seeds evenly coated with oil and nut butter mixture.
- Mix in cocoa powder or cinnamon and mix until all nuts and seeds are evenly covered.
- Lay out evenly on a baking sheet
- Bake for about 15-20 minutes until golden
Serve with plain organic yoghurt and fresh fruit