since the new year i have been focusing hard on getting my health in check. not that anything was wrong with me to begin with, but more so that it just felt high time to spend a little more effort focusing on good health habits and routine for the future. after a few months into it i also started to see a naturopath recommended by a good friend, and i can't say enough about naturopaths in general now. while i still see a regular MD for lots of things, i like the time and one-on-one preventative health attention i get from my naturopath. seriously check one out if you can, because i cannot say enough about them. along with some great tips and suggestions from her, she's really taught me the value and positive health benefits of whole well-rounded meals, and more specifically just what that looks like. one of those meals is homemade granola and over time i've adapted what i like into this very yummy nutrient packed recipe below.
this recipe is great to make on a sunday morning or evening, ready then for the week.
You will need//
- 1 tbsp organic honey (melted if in the solid form)
- 1 cup almonds
- 1 cup macadamian nuts
- 1/2 cup steel cut oats (remove for a gluten free granola and replace with green lentils)
- 1 tbsp coconut oil (melted)
- 1/4 cup coconut flakes
- 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1 tsp cardamom (you can add more for taste)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
The how too//
preheat your oven to 350 degrees. throw all your dry ingredients excluding the spices and coconut flakes into a large bowl and mix well. next take your spices and sprinkle them over your dry ingredients and again mix well so everything is nicely covered. on the stove top slowly melt your honey and coconut oil. once they are melted drizzle it over your bowl of ingredients. mix all together and then spread your mixture out onto a baking sheet. pop it into the oven and bake the mix for 30 mins, making sure to turn the mixture every 10 minutes or so just to make sure it doesn't burn. after 30 mins add your coconut flakes and then bake for another 10 minutes. take out, let cool and enjoy! i love to eat my granola in the mornings with a little almond milk and some fresh berries, or as late afternoon snack!
**homemade granola is best stored in a glass jar in the fridge**