Whether you are vegan, gluten intolerant or a breakfast lover like me, this article is for you. Here’s my wonderfully crispy Homemade Granola recipe that everyone can prepare.
Would you like to make your own Granola for breakfast? We’ve been told so many times this meal was essential to get off to a good start; we might as well get it right the moment we jump out of bed.. Here’s the plan: almonds, hazelnuts, oat flakes, pecan nuts, chocolate…more than enough to fill you up with energy and vitality at breakfast.
Oat flakes: In addition to providing the body with good carbohydrates, oat flakes are rich in protein, minerals, fats and vitamins. Bottom-line? They give you a peachy feeling for the day.
Nuts: Walnuts, hazelnuts, cashews, almonds, pecans, pistachios… Besides their taste quality, nuts are very rich in vitamins, trace elements and minerals.
Honey: Honey has antibacterial properties and thus prevents bacteria from attaching and proliferating. If you are ill, don’t hesitate to take a spoonful of honey with each meal, in your tea, yoghurt… You will help your body fight bacteria with this natural antibiotic.
Coconut oil: Coconut oil is interesting for its antioxidant properties thanks to the vitamins A and E it contains. It has antibacterial and anti-infectious properties. But its secret is the saturated fatty acids it contains. Once decried, it is now proven that they reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases and cancer. Coconut oil protects our arteries and boosts our immune system, protecting us from the development of malignant cells. Finally, it also protects our brain and slows down memory loss.
Dark chocolate: The list of its benefits is so long that it could be the subject of an article all by itself. It is cocoa, contained in dark chocolate in large quantities, which is responsible for its many virtues. Also, the higher the cocoa content in chocolate, the better its nutritional value and the more health-giving properties it has. In short, it has a beneficial effect on morale, is an anti-depressant, is euphoria-inducing, is stimulant, cuts hunger and is a precious anti-ageing agent fighting against cellular ageing. Finally, it reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases and has an anticoagulant action. And long live chocolate!
Cinnamon: Cinnamon has mainly antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It is mainly used to stimulate the immune system, to relieve digestion problems and to treat type 2 diabetes naturally.
Now that you are aware of all the benefits this Granola has to offer, let’s get to the recipe!
Homemade Granola recipe
Preparation time: 10 minutes
- 150 g of oat flakes
- 30 g almonds
- 30 g hazelnuts
- 30 g pecans
- 100 g dark chocolate
- 165 g honey
- 5 g coconut oil
- 3 tsp of cinnamon
Preheat your oven to 180°C and cover a baking tray with baking paper. Mix all the dry ingredients. Melt the honey and coconut oil together, then add them to the previous mixture and mix.
Spread on the baking tray and bake for 15 to 20 minutes depending on your oven. Let cool completely and store in an airtight container. It’s ready!
Muesli and Granola, what’s the difference?
I am often asked what is the difference between Granola and Muesli. Although the two preparations are very similar, there are small differences. First of all, muesli is not cooked when Granola is lightly browned in the oven. Second, muesli is neither sweet nor “seasoned” when Granola is brushed with agave syrup, honey or maple syrup.
TIPS FROM THE EPICURIOUS
For breakfast with cottage cheese or Greek-style yoghurt, as a snack with a smaller proportion, Granola is infinitely variable. You can keep the base of this Granola and add anything you like (nuts, dried fruits, seeds), you do you! For a complete breakfast, don’t forget to add one or two servings of fruits, a tea or coffee, accompanied by a fresh fruit juice. You can vary your breakfast with my Chocolate Banana Fondant recipe which is 100 % healthy, perfect for your Breakfast. Enjoy!