Breakfast is hard for me. Most mornings, when I am still rubbing ‘lack of sleep’ out of my eyes and feeling unambitious, I end up giving my children a bowl of cereal and I dish up a bowl of the same. There is nothing wrong with cereal, but reading the ingredients list on even bland and boring cereal is shocking! Most have lots of sugar, preservatives, and other ingredients I can’t even read. My solution? Super Granola!
Over a year ago, when I did the Feel Great in 8 program, I came across a great granola recipe. There are several recipes on her blog that are healthy and easy: her granola recipe is wonderful! I have been using her recipe since then, but have tweaked it here and there to create what I call ‘Super Granola’.
Sweetened with honey, full of power foods, and sprinkled with nuts; this granola is the best! We start going through withdrawals when we run out and I have been too busy to make a new batch.
“Super Granola’ only takes me about 20 minutes to make and one batch lasts at least a week for our family. It can also be frozen if made in larger quantities.
- 6 cups rolled oats
- 1/2 cup *sunflower seeds, hulled
- 4 Tbsp unrefined coconut oil
- 3/4 cup honey
- 1/8 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup ground flaxseeds
- 1/4 cup hemp hearts
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1 cup of nuts (walnuts, almonds, cashews, ext...)
- 1/2 cup *raisins
- 1/2 cup *dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup * shredded coconut
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Spread oats, sunflower seeds *(and optional shredded coconut) out on a cookie sheet. Toast in the oven for 10 minutes, stirring once.
- While these items are toasting, mix together coconut oil, honey, salt and vanilla in a separate bowl.
- Remove toasted mixture from the oven and add remaining ingredients (flaxseed, hemp hearts, chia seeds, nuts, and any other optional or added ingredient).
- Pour honey mixture over granola and stir all ingredients together.
- Return the cookie sheet to the oven for 8-10 minutes.
- Remove from oven, cool, and store in airtight container.
- Do not let it sit in the open too long before storing it as it will become hard and difficult to break apart.
My 2-year-old always asks for “nola” if he sees it in the cupboard; it’s his favorite. I love having it around for a healthy and filling breakfast- or even a snack later in the day!
Can’t understand the ingredient label on your cereal box? Worried about how much extra sugar, preservatives, and chemicals you are consuming? Have no fear, Super Granola is here.
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