G.F, henceforth known as ‘the Doctor’, having just received her doctorate in environmental business and being awesome, returned recently from a retreat in Chile. The Doctor wanted my help in formulating a breakfast option high in protein and good oils, low in carbs. And quick.
‘Lie down on the couch, what does that mean?
So we made granola. With craisins (dried cranberries) and coconut and lots of other breakfast fun. You could easily substitute those for any dried fruits. There are carbs in it and they’re totally optional. Without them though this little exercise really starts to hit the wallet a bit. It’s easy to keep gluten free if that’s what you need, and we’ve also used puffed brown rice which I have left out of the picture below. Oops..
250g whole almonds – roughly chopped.
150g raw cashews
2 cups corn flakes (gluten free ones if you want to keep this gluten free. The ‘K’ brand are not. Go to your health food store.)
250g sunflower seeds
50g puffed brown rice
2 tablespoons chia
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
4 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup desiccated coconut
1 cup each, dried apple, goji berries, craisins.
Pre-heat an oven to 150*c. Mix everything bar the fruit in a big bowl. Spread it out over a couple of baking trays and toast it lightly in the oven for around 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes so it toasts evenly. Any longer than this and the nutritional value of the seeds begins to diminish.
‘Now when I count three’
Let it cool a little. Pulse it gently in a food processor so it crumbles a little. Add the chopped fruit, stir and store in an air tight container.
Serve with a little milk or yoghurt for breakfast or take some to work for a desktop snack.
‘Did I ever tell you the story about?’
What Kid Did.
Kid really loved this at breakfast but the next day asked if she might have the leftover corn flakes instead. Sigh…
We got the thumbs up from the Doctor as well.
‘Yeah, sometimes a parrot talks.’
There’s plenty of evidence around about the health benefits of nuts and seeds, you don’t have to look far. However I did read conflicting stories about the use of heat on them. Bird seed?? Maybe but either way they make you feel good, you know what’s in it and you don’t need much because it’s really quite filling.
‘Yes, some birds are funny when they talk’