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Healthy home made granola!

Dear all, since we came back from our round trip through Asia and South-America we’ve become more conscious of the food we eat. Our food experience in Japan made us realize we don’t need much meat to make a good meal. Healthy and savory vegetables combined with noodles or rice makes a delicious combination which fills your stomach sufficiently. In South America we ate lots of fish, seafood and vegetables. In the mornings we enjoyed breakfast with porridge and fresh fruits, papaya juice and sometimes we had bread with avocado. Day after day we felt more healthy due to the food we ate. Many say that pure food is the key. I think this is true! In addition to healthy food, we spent lots of time being outdoors, walking and doing sports. Yoga and stretching made our bodies more flexible and we had a healthy dosis of sun every day. We’ve never felt so good before!

Back in Holland we realized we had to continue this lifestyle. At least a for a part. Healthy food would be our top priority! A good friend gave me a great recipe for home made granola. Most of the store-bought stuff is high in sugar and not quite good in taste. She told me granola was easy to prepare some at home and quite healthy and nutrient. Also, it would safe me some money (organic home made granola is expensive). I could either have the granola with milk, yoghurt, dried fruits an/ or fresh fruits like banana or apple.

I’ve prepared some great home made granola several times and I would like to share this recipe with you. I’m sure you’ll love it!

Serves 5-7 portions

3 cups raw, whole oats
400 gram of mixed nuts (unsalted): walnuts, macadamia, almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, pecans, peanuts.
Seeds like sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds (black/white)
3 tablespoons fluid honey and/or maple syrup
2 table spoons liquid coconut oil 

How to prepare:

-Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
-Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Stir the ingredients 
and and be sure to mix it all through the other ingredients so there aren’t any chunks left.

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-Spread the mixture in a thin layer on a baking sheet. Spread it equally and bake it for 10 minutes.

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-Remove the baking sheet from the oven and stir the granola thoroughly. Bake it for another 10 minutes and repeat it one more time (3 times stirring). If the granola still has a pale look, bake it for another 10 minutes.

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-Cool the mixture before serving or storing.

My favorite granola combo: natural organic yoghurt, granola, dates cut in pieces, strawberries.
You can also add other dried fruits such as raisins, figs or fresh fruits like banana or berries.

Have a happy and healthy breakfast!

X Natalie

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