Start the day right with this superfood rich, home made granola. It contains 6 amazing superfoods to help you perform at your best.
Store-bought cereals and granolas are packed with extra additives such as refined sugar, preservatives and are highly processed. Yet, they are often advertised as ‘healthy’. In order to pack as much nutrition into the most important meal of the day, why don’t you skip the store-bought box and switch to home made granola!
Superfood #1 - Oats
Oats are rich in prebiotic fibre, meaning it feeds your gut microbes. A healthy microbiome is essential to overall health and wellbeing and eating oats is one of the best ways to keep your gut healthy. Oats are also loaded with antioxidants!
Superfood #2 - Hemp hearts
Hemp hearts (seeds) are yet to become mainstream in Australia, but there is no doubt they will become a staple in everyone's pantry. Hemp hearts are full of protein and good fats. The fatty acid profile contains omega 3:6 in the correct ratio needed by our body.
The right amount of omega 3 can help fight inflammation and combat anxiety. Check out our blog 4 scientifically proven benefits of omega 3.
Superfood #3 - Nuts
Walnuts, pecans, peanuts, cashews....no matter which nut they all have high protein and good fats in common. Nuts also contain vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. A handful of mixed nuts should form part of your daily diet.
Superfood #4 - Coconut oil
Coconut oil is high in medium-chain triclycerides, a type of fat that your body metabolizes differently than most other fats and is responsible for many of the health benefits of coconut oil. It is good to eat a wide variety of fats to ensure your body's needs are covered.
Superfood #5 - Honey
Like oats, honey is a prebiotic, meaning it feeds your gut microbes. It is also antibacterial, can help relieve cough and cold symptoms, and can aid in rehydration after a bout of the runs. Make sure your honey is raw and unprocessed. Many mass produced brands blend syrups with highly pasteurised honey, meaning not only is the flavour bad, the goodness has all been destroyed too.
Superfood #6 - Cinnamon
Cinnamon contains Beta-caryophyllene, a terpene which can activate the CB2 receptors in the body and keep it in balance. It also contains large amounts of highly potent polyphenol antioxidants, can reduce inflammation, have anti-diabetic effects, fight bacterial and fungal infections, and fight cancer.
6 superfood home made granola
A recipe by Emma Wilks - @nourishbyemma_Emma is passionate about health and fitness. Her health journey first began back in 2016 when she was dealing with some gut issues. To combat this, Emma decided to fix her diet and adopt a healthier way of living. She has never looked back.SERVES - 7 ServingsTIME - 10 mins Prep35 mins cook
INGREDIENTS1 1/2 cups / 122g Oats1/4 cup / 40g Vasse Valley Roasted Hemp Seed Crumble 1/4 cup / 40g Vasse Valley Hemp Hearts1/3 cup / 35g Chopped Nuts of Choice1/4 cup / 55g Melted Coconut Oil1/3 cup / 112g Honey or vegan alternative such as Maple Syrup, Rice Malt Syrup or Agave Nectar1/4 tsp / 1.5g Salt1 tsp / 2.6g Cinnamon
Preheat oven to 150C. Line a large baking tray.
Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl.
Mix in honey and coconut oil.
Lay out granola mixture onto the lined baking tray. Pat down firmly.
Bake for 35-40 minutes.
Allow to sit for at least an hour before either serving or transferring into container.
Home made granola should last in the fridge for up to 10 days.*NOTES
To make chocolate granola add in 1/4 cup Cacao Powder.