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  • Writer's pictureLisa Smith

Favourite Granola Recipe

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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!

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