Granola is perfectly healthy breakfast that you can make by yourself at home. Start your day on the right way!
Like most people who care about their health, we know that breakfast is the most important meal. If you have the possibility always eat at home and combine healthy foods.
Commercial variants of muesli are often not healthy
What can be noticed when purchasing variants of muesli is that they vary from completely tasteless with selecting strange grains to too sweet commercial varieties that are anything but healthy. Also, usually there are only traces of the more healthier ingredients, but there is a plenty of expanded rice, cornflakes and raisins.
Discover the following variants of porridge and granola. The delight of the year!
Porridge of cereals and granola
Porridge of cereals and granola are full of useful ingredients. Fibers that help us to eliminate toxins from the body, reduce bad cholesterol. They are an excellent source of vitamin E, selenium, zinc, magnesium and iron.
They are usually combined with fresh fruit that brings more vitamins, dried fruit which brings more fibers and nuts and seeds that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids.
Porridge is made by some of the integral flakes (or more of them) oat, barley, rye which should be mixed with milk or yogurt (or some vegan variant with soy milk, almond milk …) in a blender and leave the mixture to stay overnight. In the morning, add fruit, seeds, nuts and honey according to your taste.
Granola is also made of various types of cereals that are toasted in the oven with nuts, seeds and honey (but you can do it without honey). Granola can be also eat with milk or yogurt (or a vegan variant).
No matter of all that, if you make a decision to buy porridge of cereals or granola, forget about having a really healthy breakfast. Simply, because of the fact that most of the manufacturers of these things add something that will reduce the quality of your meal.
Instead of that, when you have free time, just buy all the ingredients to prepare porridge or granola, because both options require very little time. There is no better option than this – you know exactly what you’ve put in your plate.
The recipe for granola
The excellent thing about granola is that it can be made beforehand and be kept in the jar up to one month. Ingredients can be fully adjusted to the taste. Just make sure about the relation of the measures of cereals and fat.
- 170 g of oats flakes
- 100 g of rye flakes
- 100 g of barley flakes
- 100 g of hazelnuts (shortly blended in a blender, in large pieces)
- 100 g of almonds (short blended in a blender, in large pieces)
- 50 g not roasted pumpkin seeds
- 40 g of sesame seeds
- 4 tablespoons of honey (for a vegan version, you can add maple or agave syrup)
- 4 tablespoons of melted coconut oil (or butter)
Dried fruit should be added after baking:
- 100 g of dates
- 100 g of apricots (chopped into bigger pieces)
Play with dried fruit, seeds and nuts. Adjust them to your taste.
Turn the oven to 175 °C. In a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients and deliver them in a baking pan in which is placed baking paper. Bake it in the oven for about 20 minutes. Several times during baking, stir in order for equally toasting the ingredients. When all is well cooled, add the dried fruit.
Granola should be stored in hermetically sealed jars and should be used within a month.
The healthiest is to eat it with home-made yogurt or sour milk, because it is really easy and quick to prepare, but if you buy, buy it with normal percentage of fat (because 2.8% milk fat is a small percentage of fat and there is no need to buy light versions that contain flour).