This granola is adapted from one I found in Patrick Holfords “Food Glorious Food” cookbook, which I love. Because this granola contains lots of good fats it’s really filling so a little goes a long way. I have added lecithin granules to the recipe – it helps you digest the oils and is also a great brain food. It also tastes really creamy. For sweetness, I personally prefer stevia to xylitol because it’s subtler and even better for you at zero calories. This keeps for a couple of weeks in an airtight glass jar in the fridge or a cool dark cupboard. Serve the granola with natural yoghurt, kefir or some no-added sugar dairy-free milk (such as additive-free coconut almond milk) and some berries or a chopped pear. Yum!!
1 rounded tbs virgin coconut oil
150g gluten-free oatflakes (if you can eat gluten, then normal oatflakes or jumbo oatflakes are perfect, and cheaper too!)
3 level tbs tahini, ideally a raw brand such as Carly’s
3 tbs pumpkin seeds
3 tbs sunflower seeds
3 tbs sesame seeds
3 tbs poppy seeds, flax seeds, halved hazelnuts or walnuts, whichever you fancy
3 tbs dessicated coconut
3 tbs goji berries (or use unsulphured dried blueberries or raisins at a push but the granola won’t look as lovely)
1 heapeded tsp ground cinnamon
1 rounded tsp ground ginger
2 tbs xylitol (or 30 drops pure liquid stevia for a lower carb, even healthier option)
3-4 rounded tsp cocoa powder
3 heaped tbs lecithin granules (Lane’s soya lecithin from health stores is fine)
- Gently heat the virgin coconut oil in a large frying pan or wide heavy-based saucepan.
- Add the xylitol or stevia drops, stir for a second, then add the oatflakes and cook for a few minutes, stirring to coat them with the oil. Then mix in the tahini for about 1 minute, spreading it around the oat mixture fairly evenly.
- Turn off the heat and stir in the remaining ingredients. Taste and adjust the flavour by adding more xylitol or stevia if you wish.
- Stir in the lecithin granules at the end – they retain their health benefits best if not heated.
Why this is good for you
Most granolas are mainly grain and sugar or honey and they don’t contain the good fats or protein needed for a balanced breakfast. This one contains some proteins from the nuts and seeds, and also lots of essential fats omega 3 and 6, all of which keep you fuller longer and also feed your brain. Virgin coconut oil contains medium chain triglycerides – these are really good for energy production and brain health. Spices like cocoa, ginger and cinnamon are antioxidant and can delay the ageing process. Spices also support your immune system to fight infections, skin erruptions and chronic diseases. Lecithin is rich in phosphadityl choline and so are great for your brain. Lecithin also breaks down fats, helping you digest them, and helps lower cholesterol. The granules have a lovely, creamy taste.
For storing this granola, it’s best to use an airtight glass container in the fridge. Polyethylene (PET) or plastic containers with recycling numbers 1,2 and 4 are also safe for food storage. That way, your food won’t be absorbing toxic BPA (bisphenol A). Avoid any polycarbonate containers or those with recycling number 7 – these leech BPA into your food. Avoiding BPA is good news if you want to avoid diabetes, serious breast/prostate diseases. and other health issues.