Give yourself a quick, sugar-free, energy boost for breakfast

Coco nutty granolaOh my this is good! Homemade granola – just add Greek yoghurt, berries and a spoon. A healthy,  sugar-free, clean-eating dose of brekky on the go thanks to 10 minutes prep and half and hour in the oven.

I recently survived, (or should I say enthusiastically embraced!) 50 days of clean-eating – a sugar-free, alcohol-free, processed foods-free fat loss challenge. I did indeed lose plenty of fat – half a stone in fact – and total of 20 centimetres of my good self. I felt, and still feel, better than I have in years. I can highly recommend giving it a go. Far less challenging than I thought it would be.

However, one of the key elements of rising to this challenge was finding a quick and easy to prepare breakfast. At first I was faffing around with porridge or eggs of a morning – which simply isn’t practical when trying to get both me and Miss Poppet out the door. I needed a breakfast I could throw together in a hurry and found the answer to my prayers courtesy of Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar programme.

I got a real sense of satisfaction from making this super-healthy granola, and it was what kept me on the straight and narrow – instead of reaching for some toast I reached for my tuppaware container of granola.

Here are the ingredients (I adapted Sarah’s recipe slightly):

  • Flaked coconut (my local Waitrose didn’t have any so I used desiccated coconut, but then for my second batch found flaked in my local health food shop)
  • Oats (good quality rolled oats)
  • Various chopped nuts (brazil, almonds, walnuts)
  • Chia seeds, or sesame if you can’t find chia (I found them in a health food shop)
  • A couple of tablespoons of melted coconut oil
  • A teaspoon of cinnamon
Before it went in the oven
The raw granola before it went in the oven…

All you need to do is coat all the nuts etc in the melted coconut oil, spread on a baking tray and bake at 120 degrees centigrade (fan oven) for about half an hour to 45 minutes. I gave mine a stir every 10 minutes or so to make sure it all baked evenly and waited for it to go a rich brown colour – super crunchy.

Leave to cool, store in an airtight container in your pantry and it’s ready to chuck on top of some full-fat Greek yoghurt (the clean-eating world is not a fan of processed, low-fat fake food). Add a handful of blueberries and raspberries for a pop  of freshness taste and colour, and granola’s your aunty!

Have you tried making this super-healthy breakfast boost? Let me know how you get on, I’d love to hear what you think, and what personalisations you made.

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