Agh, the infamous Granola! Deceivingly healthy, but in most cases laden with sugar, preservatives and artificial colours and flavourings! UH-OH! No thanks! But hey, just because those shops are providing us with nasty Granola options, doesn’t mean we have to miss out on all the fun! This is one of my favourite granola recipes! Super tasty, super simple and all NATURAL! Give it a go and let me know what you think!
The following is a list of the many benefits a serve (1/2 cup) of wholegrain rolled oats can provide to you!
FIBRE – The soluble fibre found in oats may be able to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease! Additionally, studies have found that for every additional 10g of fibre in someone’s diet, there is a 10% reduction is their risk of developing colorectal cancer!
REDUCE BLOOD PRESSURE – Researchers have found that a diet which includes plenty of whole-grains such as oats, can be just as effective as taking anti-hypertensive medication in lowering blood pressure!
BETTER DIGESTION - Whole grains are often recommended for their beneficial effects on the gastrointestinal tract and oats have been found to aid in digestion and gut motility!
WEIGHT LOSS – due to oats having a high amount of fibre, they are a great option for weight loss as they keep you fuller for longer, reducing the regularity of food consumption!
Here are some of my favourite uses for oats:
Chucked into a smoothie to bulk it up
Added to pancakes or muffins!
Some of the not so happy side effects that can occur if you overdo it are:
GLUTEN - Although oats don't contain gluten, in some cases they are grown in the same fields as crops which contain gluten and can sometimes contaminate the oats. Therefore, those who suffer from gluten intolerance may have to exercise caution when eating oats!
GAS & BLOATING – Too much oats can cause intestinal gas and bloating which can be quite painful and uncomfortable!
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup macadamias, roughly chopped
1/4 cup flaked almonds
1/4 cup buckwheat
2 tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp cinnamon
4 tbsp rice malt syrup
3 tbsp coconut oil
Place all of the ingredients into a large frying pan over a medium high heat
Cook the granola, stirring regularly, for around 10 minutes or until everything is coated and toasted
Spread granola out on a tray covered with baking paper and allow to cool for an hour.
Serve with yogurt, milk and fruit or as a smoothie bowl topper!
Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.