Favourite Granola Recipe
A Nutrient-Packed Maple Seed Granola Recipe
• 2 cups rolled oats
• 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
• 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
• 1/4 cup chia seeds
• 1/4 cup flaxseeds
• 1/2 cup chopped almonds
• 1/3 cup maple syrup
• 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• Pinch of sea salt
1. Preheat and Prepare:
Preheat your oven to 165°C. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Mix Dry Ingredients:
In a large bowl, combine oats, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, flaxseeds, and chopped almonds.
3. Create Liquid Mixture:
In a separate bowl, whisk together maple syrup, olive oil, vanilla extract, and a pinch of sea salt or some cinnamon for an extra flavour boost.
4. Combine Wet and Dry Ingredients:
Pour the liquid mixture over the dry ingredients and stir until everything is well coated.
5. Spread on Baking Sheet:
Spread the mixture evenly on the prepared baking sheet, pressing it down slightly for clusters.
6. Bake to Perfection:
Bake for 25-30 minutes, stirring halfway through, until the granola turns golden brown.
7. Cool Completely:
Allow the granola to cool completely on the baking sheet. It will continue to crisp up as it cools.
Why It’s Healthy:
1. Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids:
Chia seeds and flaxseeds are excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids, promoting heart health and reducing inflammation.
2. Fibre Boost:
Oats and seeds contribute a significant amount of dietary fibre, aiding digestion and providing a sense of fullness.
3. Natural Sweetener:
Maple syrup adds a touch of sweetness without the refined sugars, providing a small amount of antioxidants and essential minerals.
4. Heart-Healthy Fats:
Olive oil, a monounsaturated fat, supports cardiovascular health and adds a delightful richness to the granola.
Remember to store this granola in an airtight container for lasting freshness. Enjoy it as a topping for yoghurt, a smoothie bowl, or on its own for a nutritious snack!