Fool-Proof  Granola

Fool-Proof Granola

This Homemade Granola is fueled with protein and good fats which makes it a perfect breakfast option in the morning or even as a small afternoon snack with some greek yoghurt. Most cereal, muesli or granola that you can find in the supermarket can be filled with way too much sugar, sodium and have very little protein or good fats, leaving you hungry and experiencing unstable blood sugar levels which can make it really hard to get through your day.

Some weeks I’m super prepared and on top of all my food preps and other weeks I’m completely winging it each day. I find I operate and function best when I have a little bit of food prepped to begin my week and this generally includes a good granola ready to go as a breakfast option. While I love a good omelette there are the occasional mornings where I can’t be bothered doing the extra dishes.

This granola is my go-to ‘cereal’ option. I’ve managed to fuel my body with fresh produce and cook every meal- which means you won’t usually find me eating anything from a box unless it’s from the health food store!

“The difference between granola and muesli is quite simple. While they both typically contain nuts, fruit, seeds and grains- Granola is baked with oil where as muesli is generally soaked in a liquid/milk and isn’t cooked”.

Nutritional Information

Cinnamon:
Cinnamon is a common kitchen spice that is classed as an antioxidant, has anti-inflammatory properties as well as being lipid lowering, antifungal and antimicrobial. Studies demonstrate that cinnamon at 1, 3 or 6grams has the ability to lower blood sugar levels and reduce LDL cholestrol.

Almonds:
Rich in monounsaturated fat (good fat), fibre, magnesium and copper. Studies show that almonds can assist with the reduction of inflammation, oxidative stress and stabilizing blood sugar levels.

Psyllium Husk:
Psyllium Husk is a soluble fibre that acts as a bulking agent in the colon to promote the passing of stools which assists in relieving constipation and diarrhoea. It is consider to be of benefit to promote good digestive health.

Fool-Proof Granola
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
1 hr 30 min
Total Time
1 hr 35 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
1 hr 30 min
Total Time
1 hr 35 min
Ingredients
  1. + 2 cups of oats
  2. + 1 tsp of cinnamon
  3. + 2 tbsp of hemp seeds
  4. + 2 tbsp of sesame seeds
  5. + 1/2 cup of psyillum husk
  6. + 1/4 cup of flaxseeds
  7. + 1 cup of chopped almonds
  8. + 1/2 cup of peanuts
  9. + 4 dates (deseeded and finely chopped)
  10. + 1/2 cup of macadamia oil?
  11. + good pinch of murray river salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 150 degrees celsius.
  2. Combine your ingredients in a bowl and mix together.
  3. Line a baking tray with baking paper and pour your granola onto the tray, making sure it’s evenly spread.
  4. Place in the oven and cook for 45 minutes, remove and give it a good stir then place it back into the oven for another 45 minutes.
  5. Once golden brown, remove and let cool completely before storing in an air tight container.
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Australia Day Lamingtons

Australia Day Lamingtons

Lamingtons

There’s one thing you can be without on Australia Day, and that’s a classic lamington! I use to love a good store bought lamington, only to find that I’d feel so sick afterwards due to the refined sugar and wheat. So, I created this recipe so you can feel like you’re indulging without spiking your blood sugar! The sponge cake is so versatile it’s perfect even before being covered in dark chocolate and coconut!.

Ingredients:

+ 1 3/4 of almond meal
+ 1/4 cup of maple syrup
+ 4 large eggs (room temperature, split the eggs into two separate bowls, you’ll need both the yolk and egg whites)
+ 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
+ 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
+ 1 teaspoon of organic vanilla bean paste/extract
+ 1/2 teaspoon of cream of tartare
+ 1 block of dark or milk Loving Earth Chocolate
+ 1-2 cups of desiccated coconut to coat your lamingtons

Hi-ya! I’m Amber.
As a qualified Nutritionist (Bachelor in Nutritional Medicine) as well as having 5+ years of working as a Pharmacy Assistant/Dispense Technician I believe in an integrative balanced approach towards health and wellness.

Method:

1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees. Line a rectangular cake tin with baking paper.

2. Combine the almond meal, maple syrup, egg yolks, bicarbonate of soda, sea salt and vanilla extract with a wooden spoon/spatula. Set aside.

3. In a separate bowl whisk the eggs whites (or use your hand beater until you get a strong peak or meringue like texture. Add the cream of tartare and continue whisking/mixing until a peak forms. After the peak forms stop beating.

4. Fold through the egg white mixture into your almond meal batter until combined. Place into your baking tray and cook for 25 minutes.

5. Remove from the oven once you have a nice light golden brown colour on top and set aside to completely cool.

6. Once cool cut your sponge cake into your desired lamington size, squares or rectangles- completely up to you!

7. Unwrap and place the block of loving earth chocolate in a microwave safe bowl. Heat in the microwave for 40 seconds and stir or until melted. I like to add 1/4 cup of coconut milk and mix it through the chocolate to give it a slightly runnier consistency. In another bowl pour in 2 cups of desiccated coconut.

8. Dip your lamington squares into your bowl of melted Loving Earth Chocolate, then roll in the bowl of coconut and place on a cooling wrack. Continue until you’ve finished coating your lamingtons. Place in a container in the fridge for up to 1 week.

 

I hope you enjoy this recipe, I'd love to see what variations you're creating!

They're are so many fab combos you can make so don't forget to hashtag #thewholesomebody #TWB so I can see your beautiful creations!

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