Crunchy Clean Granola

Happy New Year!  I have been taking a long break over the holidays, wanting to spend time with those that matter most over the holidays and catching up on some long needed rest.

But now I’m back committed to posting at least once a year to keep sending out plantiful ideas and inspiration. ¬†Starting off, I wanted to share with you a few recipes to help you start your day off right. Plant based breakfasts that will help you fuel your body for the cold days ahead, and keep you feeling full through to your mid-morning snack.

Below is a basic recipe that I use for granola which can be modified with flavourings of your choice.

  • Rolled oats are a great source of fibre, which helps your body regulate blood sugar and feel fuller longer.
  • Pumpkin seeds add a kick of protein and minerals of zinc and magnesium.
  • Coconut provides a healthy hint of sweetness.

 

 

What this granola doesn’t contain are egg whites, refined sugars or oils which are often included in packaged, store bought granola. This recipe is a clean way to kick off the new year and your day.

Flavour Ideas:

-Add 1 teaspoon of vanilla and orange zest

-Add in 1 teaspoon of lemon zest before baking and when you bring it out of the oven stir in 1/4 cup of cranberries

-When cooled stir in 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips

-Stir in almond extract in place of vanilla extract

 

Crunchy Clean Granola
This basic granola recipe is not only clean and made with simple whole food ingredients, but you can easily add flavourings to make it different each time!
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl stir the oats, coconut, pumpkin seeds and almonds.
  3. In a small bowl combine the maple syrup, vanilla and salt.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and with a large wooden spoon mix to ensure everything is well coated.
  5. On a parchment lined baking sheet, spread the ingredients evenly and bake in a 300F oven for 20-25 minutes. At the 15 minute mark, stir and place back in the oven to finish baking.
  6. When the granola is slightly browned and toasted, remove from the oven to cool before storing in an airtight container (I like to use mason jars). The granola does crisp up and harden as it cools.

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