Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Healthy Start Granola

What better way to start the New Year than with a healthy, homemade breakfast that knocks the socks off the shop-bought granola? You can make a batch up of this in 15 minutes and it will provide a week's worth of delicious breakfasts. Even better, the recipe is yours to play with - stick to the quantities I have suggested and you can come up with your own delicious combinations so breakfast need never be boring.

Ingredients:
120g rolled oats
1 tablespoon of fruit juice
2 tablespoons of honey or maple syrup
1 tablespoon of light olive oil
2 tablespoons of any mix of dried fruit
1 tablespoon of nuts
1 tablespoon of seeds
1 teaspoon of cinnamon, ginger or citrus zest

Makes 7 servings

Pre-heat oven to 180c.

Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and then spread out on a non-stick baking sheet.

Bake for 10-12 minutes, stirring once or twice, or until the granola is golden brown.

Allow to cool and then store in an airtight container.

Suggested combinations:
Apple juice, honey, apricot, almond, sesame and ginger
Orange juice, maple syrup, cranberry, pecans, orange zest and cinnamon
Apple juice, maple syrup, mango, pineapple, cashews, coconut and lime zest

Arthritis diet notes:
Most seemingly healthy shop-bought cereals and granolas are high in sugar, fat and salt leaving you hungry and unsatisfied by mid-morning. Making your own cereal is much easier than you'd think and this granola is full of healthy joint friendly fats and fibre. Try eating it with plain yogurt and fresh fruit or with hot milk on chilly winter mornings.

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