Being an advocate for healthy breakfasts, I often tell people that your morning meal is probably the most important one in your day. Your metabolism needs the kick start early in the day in order to break down foods properly for the remainder and eating a wholesome breakfast is really the only way to ensure good energy surge.
One of my staple breakfast ingredients is granola. Now I know what you’re thinking; how can granola be healthy? It’s loaded with sugar, fat, oil, and it tastes way too good to be nutritious. Well, that’s partly true.
Many granola on the market today are produced more for taste than the health benefits; however, it’s not true of all granola. When you take a look at the ingredients, the core items are nothing but wholesome. Oats, nuts, dried fruit are usually the staples and while that sounds all-natural, it’s what is added to hold these things together that usually contributes to the high fat and calories.
While I think that eating most granola in moderation is perfectly fine in any diet, I do believe that making your own fresh homemade granola is a better option in terms of controlling your ingredients.
I’ve played around with a few granola recipes over the past year but I think the one below wins for being the most nutritious and all around unique. The quinoa in this recipe gives the granola a fantastic chewy texture and adds significant protein and fiber. I also like to throw in any additional nutrients such as chia in order to boost the health value even more. Oh, and it’s of course, delicious!
So if you need a reason to crave breakfast, try making your own granola and pairing it with a cup of yogurt for a simple, healthy and tasty meal to start your day.
Cinnamon Raisin Quinoa Granola
- Prep Time: 15 min
- Cook Time: 1 hour
- Makes about 2 cups
- 1 cup Shiloh Farms Old Fashion Organic Rolled Oats
- 1/2 cup Shiloh Farms Organic Tri-colored Quinoa
- 2 tablespoons Shiloh Farms Black Chia Seeds
- 1/3 cup sliced Shiloh Farms Sliced Almonds
- 1/3 cup Shiloh Farms Thompson Seedless Raisins
- 2 teaspoons organic ginger
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1/2 cup organic applesauce
- 1/2 cup coconut oil (melted)
- 2 tablespoons agave or honey
- Mix dry ingredients (first 7) in a large bowl.
- Fold in your wet ingredients (applesauce, oil, agave) and mix to combine.
- Lay out mixture on a greased cookie sheet and spread so that it is evenly distributed.
- Bake at 225 degrees for 60 minutes.
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