I think granola has got to be one of the most misleading health foods out there right now. The ingredients are usually easy to pronounce and natural (check), the nutrition stats say loads of fibre (another check), and the main ingredient is oats, which is full of soluble fibre (triple check). However, if you look just a little closer it is usually LOADED with calories, sugar and fat. I’m not saying all granolas are to be avoided, because there are many great brands out there, but when eating this health food, be sure to dart your eyes towards the serving size used on the nutrition label because chances are it is much smaller than what you’re actaully eating.
So how can you guarantee you’re eating healthy granola without too much sugar or fat…make your own! Granola has got to be one of the easiest things to make. Just mix a bunch of ingredients together and toast it up in the oven. It requires minimal attention, so you’re free to do other things while it bakes.
My favourite way to eat granola is by either sprinkling 2 tbsp on strawberries and yogurt or adding 1/3 cup to bran flakes for some extra flavour in the morning.
The only problem is that it probably won’t last very long once your family/friends catches wind of it in the house!
Vanilla Hazelnut Biscotti Granola
3 tbsp coconut oil, melted
3 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/4 tsp salt
3 cups large flake oats
¾ cups hazelnuts
¼ cup sliced almonds
1/3 cup mini chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 300F. Line a large baking tray with parchment paper.
2. In a large bowl mix coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla and salt with a spatula. Add remaining ingredients and mix gently until fully coated.
3. Lay flat on baking tray, spreading out with a spoon.
4. Bake for 35 minutes or until golden brown. Do not stir to avoid losing the shape of the chocolate chips.
5. Remove from oven and let cool for 15 minutes, Break apart with a spoon and store in an airtight container.