Granola – a super food that everyone seems to love nowadays.
However, is Granola a truly healthy food?
What is the truth about granola?
Granola it’s undoubtedly delicious and often sold as a “health” product. However, and unfortunately, this will not always be the case.
Most store-bought granolas are high-calorie, high-fat and super high in sugar, because most of them actually add loads of sugars and artificial sweeteners to sweet up’ something that is already naturally good and delicious. And it seems we all become addicted to sugar and our generation needs it more and more without even realising. And that’s where the danger lies. We buy a product, believing it to be good and healthy in the “health” section area of our local supermarket, without realising we are just being victims of marketing and “propaganda”.
So what can be done?
Granola is a superfood and is a great addition to any breakfast. Granola’s healthy ingredients include oats, nuts, seeds and dried fruit, which deliver important nutrients such as protein, iron, heart healthy fats and fibre (specifically, beta glucan, a cholesterol-lowering fibre from oats.) So in theory – all good!
So the best really is:
- Make sure to always – and I mean ALWAYS – read the labels on the packages ensuring you are actually buying a granola that is as close to natural ingredients as possible, avoiding processed and refined ingredients and particularly any sugar based ones. Words ending in ‘-ose’ like glucose, fructose, dextrose or sucrose that are listed on a label are added sugars. (Note: if they are naturally occurring, like glucose in whole fruit, it won’t be listed as an ingredient.);
- Make it yourself at home with the best possible ingredients and you’ll have a high nutrient, nourishing superfood that is a perfect addition to any breakfast or post-workout snack. Granola is super versatile and easy to make. My favourite recipe (which leaves a wonderful cinnamon aroma in my house when it’s in the oven) is completely dairy-free, gluten-free, refined-sugar free and so simple you barely need a recipe! Make up a big batch and enjoy.
This barely needs a recipe… but here you go 🙂
For other healthy (sugar-free/gluten-free) breakfast ideas clich here.
- 2 cups of mixed nuts, seeds and coconut flakes. You can do a mixture of any of these – just make sure it’s enough to make 2 cups.
- 1/2 cup optional grain: rolled oats or quinoa flakes (or omit for a grain free version)
- 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
- 2 tbsp. of natural sweetener (maple syrup, rice malt syrup or mashed banana)
- Pinch or two of Himalayan sea salt
- 1 tbsp of ground cinnamon and 1 tsp vanilla extract to the mix
- Zest of half a lemon or orange
- Mix all the ingredients in a big bowl until coated, add spices, and spread out over a baking tray. Place the granola in the oven at 160° for 15-20 minutes, until golden.
- Leave to cool and enjoy with your choice of fresh fruit or yoghurt.