Quinoa Granola

Oh my granola! It’s been so long since I got creative with granola recipes so I’m super excited to share this one with you!

This granola has the perfect balance of sweetness, spice and crunch! I have never baked quinoa before so was intrigued at how well it turned out. Matched up with some mixed nuts, oats and maple syrup creates a delicious crunchy topping for yoghurts, smoothie bowls or even in a bowl with some milk!

This recipe has only 6 ingredients! Less than 5 minutes to throw it altogether then another 15-20 minutes for baking! Dairy, oil and refined sugar free!

Quinoa Granola

What you’re going to need

1 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup raw, unsalted mixed nuts

1/4 cup uncooked quinoa

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 cup maple syrup

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celcius
  2. In a bowl, add all of the dry ingredients and make sure they are well coated with the spices.
  3. Add the maple syrup and mix again until all of the dry ingredients are coated.
  4. Spread on a lined baking tray and bake for 15-20 minutes (check a few times during baking to ensure it’s not burning)
  5. Allow to cool entirely before storing in an airtight container

Quinoa Granola

Granola Bars

One of the first food photos I ever shared online was granola bars! They are so easy, healthy and can be made with pretty much any dried fruits or nuts that you have on hand! These ones that I have made today are just something I thought up on the spot and have ingredients which I have used in previous desserts but had some leftovers. I like this recipe because it is all done in one bowl (besides a heating component) and there is no prep required for the dry ingredients. These are dairy free, refined sugar free and filled with healthy fats found in both the almonds and peanut butter!

Granola Bars

What you’re going to need

3/4 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup almonds

2 tablespoons chia seeds

1 tablespoon sesame seeds

1/3 cup peanut butter

1/4 cup maple syrup

2 tablespoons coconut oil

Method

  1. In a large bowl add all the dry ingredients as is.
  2. In a small saucepan, add the peanut butter, maple syrup and coconut oil. On a low heat, warm until the peanut butter has melted and combines with the other liquids
  3. Pour liquid over dry mix. Using your hands or a spoon, mix until well combined and ingredients are well dispersed through the mix
  4. In a lined tin, press the mixture flat with your hand until even. Freeze until firm but not completely solid. Slice into bars and store in the freezer for maximised storage life.

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Banana Based Smoothie Bowls

I know this is not a new revelation but it is in my household. Breakfast is now my favourite meal of the day because I just let all my creative juices fly. There are a zillion and one recipes for smoothie bowls but if you’re stuck on ideas here is one that I whipped up the other morning before work! This is budget friendly and something that everyone can whip up at home with these ingredients or any fruits that you desire! Always make sure you shop around for your food and remember to buy in bulk where possible.

What you’re going to need

Smoothie component

2 frozen bananas (rookie mistake I made the first time was not pre-cutting the banana before freezing so make sure you do that! Cut your banana into about 5-6 chunks about the size of ice cubes)

1/2 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)

1 tablespoon cacao powder

1 tablespoon vanilla protein powder

pinch cinnamon

1-2 tablespoons soy milk (or any milk really but not full cream because it will be super rich)

Toppings

3-4 tablespoons granola (recipe for the one I made is a few posts back)

1 tablespoon coconut

handful walnuts (or any nut of your choosing)

Method

1. Use a food processor (not a blender, I tried this and the banana chucks were just spinning around and around) and add all of your ingredients. Process until a smooth consistency is achieved. Run a spoon through the mixture to check there are no chunks left.

2. Pour into a bowl and add your toppings!

I love this recipe and method of makings smoothies because you don’t need to add ice or anything to keep it chilled. Also it makes breakfast so much more beautiful and exciting! So here are pictures of bowls I’ve made so far! There are many more to come but just a preview of my creations so far.

Chocolate and Coconut Granola

Today, my challenge was to create a nutritious yet delicious granola using only ingredients that I had available at home. Granola is quite a genius creation as you can throw whatever you like in the mix and it will most likely still taste fabulous. The granola that I have created is vegan and refined sugar free!

Chocolate and Coconut Granola (makes 2 cups)

What you’re going to need

1 cup rolled oats

3/4 cup puffed rice

1/3 cup desiccated coconut

1/3 cup raw mixed nuts, roughly chopped

2 tablespoons rice malt syrup

1 tablespoon cacao powder

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Method

1. Preheat your oven to 160 degrees

2. In a medium bowl, mix the oats, puffed rice, coconut and nuts.

3. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and stir until all the dry mix is evenly coated.

4. Spread the mix evenly over a lined baking tray. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes and mix the tray with a spoon periodically.

6. Store in an airtight container for up to a week!