Cereal is a multi-million dollar business. Thanks to powerful advertising campaigns, we’ve been filling our bowls with sugar-laden brands since we were children, creating a subtle yet hard-to-knock addiction to saturated fat, additives, and the hidden ingredients that make up processed foods. The companies who own your favourite cereals are notoriously talented at tricking us into thinking certain products are ‘good for us’ when they are anything but, and they’re making a 40-45% profit margin based upon these tricks.
If cereal is your weakness, then making your own is a good idea so you can still satisfy cravings, without reaching for big-name brands that offer almost no real nutritional value. This recipe is full of real, whole foods, is low in sugar so you don’t encourage an insulin blood sugar spike, and contains healthy, nourishing fats which help keep you full for longer than a typical cereal.
Make this on a Sunday and you’ll have enough to last you through the week!
- 1 cup oats
- ½ cup pumpkin seeds
- ½ can pumpkin puree
- ½ cup hemp seeds
- ½ cup shredded coconut
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ cup coconut oil
- 2 tbsp ghee
- pinch good quality salt
- ¼ cup brown rice syrup
- Pre-heat the oven to 185C and line a baking tray with brown paper
- Add the oats, pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, coconut and cinnamon to a large bowl and stir well
- Melt the coconut oil and ghee, and add them to a bowl with the rice syrup, salt and pumpkin puree. Whisk to combine
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir well to make sure all the dry ingredients are coated
- Spread the mixture out on to a baking tray and bake in the oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour, stirring every 15-20 minutes
- When you can smell the granola cooking, check how it’s doing. Depending upon your oven type, ot could be done any time between 40 to 60 minutes
- Serve with nut milk as a healthy alternative to supermarket cereal, or with homemade yoghurt. You could also use this as a healthy snack to have on-hand.