Make your own granola rather than buying overly-sweetened and overpriced stuff at the shops.
But hang on, you thought you couldn’t eat granola when you’re on a diet? Of course you can! While you’re there, forget the word diet too, we don’t do diet at Nuush, we do healthy eating.
Pleasingly crunchy and nutty with just the right amount of sweetness so as not to hide all the other favours. If you don’t have any coconut oil (you know like if you don’t have £14.99 to spare…) just use olive oil instead, you can’t taste it, it’s just there to stick things together a little bit.
A little bit of granola goes a long way, so avoid eating a washing-up bowl of it if you’re trying to lose weight, difficult as that may be given its charms. Add sliced banana and it’ll fill you up for centuries.
Heat the oven to 180C.
Mix all the ingredients by hand in a large bowl, until everything is coated with the maple syrup and coconut oil.
Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper and spread the mixture over, it needs to spread thin so use two trays if necessary.
Bake for around 20-25 minutes, just give it a shuffle in the oven a couple of times during baking, so it gets evenly done. It’s good to keep an eye on it so it doesn’t overdo.
Special note: If using raisins or sultanas you can add them separately half way through cooking. I don’t but I don’t mind them tasting slightly ‘done’.
Store in an airtight container after cooling.
Always serve with whole creamy milk.
Oats are particularly high in manganese which is great for healthy bone formation, healthy skin and helping to control blood sugar. Oats are a wholegrain, that means the good stuff hasn’t been removed. Wholegrains are an important source of B vitamins and fibre.
Oats are a great source of the soluble fibre called beta-glucan. That’s what makes porridge kinda viscous and it stays quite viscous as it passes through you, sweeping up any excess cholesterol as it goes. A happy gut is at the heart of good health!
Oats do a special thing – as they pass through your intestine their bulk presses against its muscly walls. It presses back in response and by doing so its muscles get stronger. Oats are literally like a sparring partner for your digestive tract!
The nuts and seeds provide healthy fats to help balance levels of Omega 3 and Omega 6 – important for reducing and even preventing inflammation.
I went to a restaurant that serves breakfast at any time. So I ordered French Toast during the Renaissance.