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Maple and Pecan Granola

This fantastic home-made granola is packed full of energy, making it the perfect breakfast that will release energy throughout the morning, leaving you feeling full and fresh until lunch time. Oats are the perfect ingredient for If you are looking to increase your energy levels before you start your day then you could also combine your morning granola fix with a breakfast time energy drink such as Glyco Energy, which will give you much more motivation to hit the ground running when you start your day. It could also increase your strength and endurance, as well as aiding weight loss. If you are looking to lose weight then you can make this already very healthy granola even more healthy, by making it without the addition of the sugar before the baking stage. Instead add a little more cinnamon for sweetness or even a vanilla pod to infuse the granola mix with a sweet and creamy fragrance.

Finally, you have to be a nut-lover to enjoy this granola recipe in its original form. But, if you are allergic to nuts, or simply prefer to eliminate nuts from your diet because of the natural fats they contain, you could try adding dried fruits, such as cherries, blueberries, apricots, apples or raisins instead. These dried fruits will give your granola a similar texture to that which it would have from the nuts, but with more less fat and slightly less crunch. Whatever your personal tastes, there’s an ideal variation of this granola recipe for you. It’s the perfect alternative to more fat laden commercial breakfast cereals, and it will take you less than 30 minutes to make enough granola for a full week of healthy and delicious breakfasts.

Ingredients

To bake

To Serve

You will also need a large baking tray, a mixing bowl, and a large airtight container to store your granola and keep it fresh.



Instructions

  1. Heat your oven to 325 degrees F before you start preparing your granola.
  2. Take a large bowl and add the porridge oats, bran, and sugar to it. Mix the ingredients together well. Drizzle both table spoons of maple syrup all over the oat and bran mixture, and stir until all of the ingredients are evenly covered in syrup.
  3. Spread your syrup coated ingredients evenly over the large baking tray and bake then in the oven for 15-20 minutes. Stir the ingredients regularly as they bake, to ensure the color and texture are even. When the oats have turned golden brown remove the tray from the oven and set to one side until they are cool.
  4. Once the oat mixture has cooled spoon it into your large airtight container. Add the almonds, walnuts, pecans, and goji berries. Add two generous tablespoons full of cinnamon. Close the airtight container and shake vigorously , so that the granola ingredients are well mixed. This granola will keep fresh in the airtight container for up to three weeks, and this portion will provide enough granola for a family of four for a week.
  5. Serve your granola by adding two generous spoonsful of granola into a cup of yoghurt, then add the fresh fruit to taste. Sit back and enjoy your healthy homemade breakfast!


Other Options/Variations: This sweet and spicy granola could be served with any fruit you wish, depending on your personal taste and the seasons. Substitute melon for apples during the winter months and pears make a great alternative to the sweet and slightly tart flavor of the grapes. If you prefer a faster breakfast, or aren’t a fan of fresh fruit or Greek yogurt, you could simply serve your granola in a bowl with cold milk. Add a spoonful of sugar in lieu of the fruit, to add some extra sweetness to the dish.

Submitted to Recipe Goldmine by Jennifer Lewis.


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