Blueberry, Cinnamon and Pecan Granola
This home made healthy granola is one of our favourite starts to the day. The combination of blueberry, pecan and cinnamon work amazingly well together, but you could in reality substitute your preferred fruits, nuts and spices.
It’s simple to make, gluten free and tastes just so much better than ready-made granola. The added bonus is that it’s also far cheaper to make than buy – and it fills the whole house with a simply intoxicating smell while it’s cooking. I just need to stop myself eating it while it’s cooling down so that it can actually reach the breakfast storage jar!
We find that breakfast is possibly the trickiest meal of the day to eat healthily at – especially when you’re running out of the door early for work or the school run – or if you have food sensitivities. We use this granola as an easy breakfast solution, scattered over a thick organic Greek yogurt or coconut yogurt and topped with fresh (or frozen) raspberries and blueberries.
The granola is sweet – so you don’t need much of it, but it’s also packed full of nutrients; using a dark dried fruit such as blueberries, prunes or raisins really boosts the antioxidant content.
The cinnamon, oats, buckwheat and pumpkin seeds all work together to help counter-balance the sweetness and regulate blood sugar levels. I’m on a bit of a cinnamon mission at the moment – after a recent study this year showed that cinnamon each day can raise the brain’s learning capacity!
Blueberries also are renowned for their memory enhancing abilities – so it’s a good breakfast for the kids if they have exams coming up.
Buckwheat is a seed rather than a grain, which is why it’s gluten free and adds crunch to the granola. Make sure to buy certified gluten free oats. This recipe is great as part of a detox programme.
What more can we say – we love this recipe!
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