I am a big breakfast eater. I would say it is without a doubt my favourite meal of the day! I find a good breakfast really sets the bar for how the rest of your day is going to be. As with all meals, I go through stages of obsessing about certain recipes to the point where I’m eating them daily, and still craving more. At the moment it’s all about the recipe I’m sharing today – Cacao and Chia Granola; I’m completely, undeniably in love with it.
I went to an interesting conference this week, called the Sugar Reduction Summit. As you can tell by the name, this was a conference full of media and government professionals, talking about the dire effects of sugar and how forthcoming regulations are hoping to change the food industries relentless efforts to make us think refined sugar is part of a so called ‘balanced diet’. It was great to see such a trend for change, and hear this from such influential individuals.
As you’ll know if you follow my recipes, I am completely against the addition of refined sugar in ones diet, for me it’s a really big no no. However that doesn’t mean i don’t have a massive sweet tooth! I love to use natural sweeteners, lower in GI than normal sugar and much better for us. These fruit sugars in moderation are so much better for us and really can be enjoyed as a treat within a healthy balanced diet. So, although, granola is not a breakfast choice I have every single day, it is one I absolutely love and really enjoy with a dollop of coconut yoghurt and lots of fresh berries!
This recipe may fill you with an abundance of energy, make you feel high on health, and cause effects of extreme happiness.
2 cups oats
2 cups pecans
1 cup brazil nuts
1 cup sultanas
1/2 cup coconut flakes
1/2 cup ground flaxseeds
1/4 cup chia seeds
2 heaped tablespoons Cacao Powder
1/4 cup coconut oil
4-6 tablespoons of Low GI fruit syrup (Date syrup, Agave or Pure Maple syrup work well)
Preheat your oven to a 180 degrees. Start by adding your oats, nuts and sultanas to a food processor and pulse until small chunks. Don’t over process! Mix in a bowl with the coconut flakes and chia seeds.
Then in a saucepan, combine the coconut oil, cacao powder, fruit syrup and cinnamon. Heat until the coconut oil is melted. Pour into the dry ingredients and mix until everything is well coated. Place the mixture on a lined baking tray and place in the oven to cook for around half an hour.