Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Nettle Granola

I love granola, and it's honestly one of my favourite foods. A really delicious and crunchy granola can make any breakfast or snack so much better. According to me, a granola has to have three different components. The base always consists of some kind of grain, and my favourites are rolled oats and some millet flakes. Then different kinds of nuts and seeds. I love pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, chopped almonds, sesame seeds and coconut. Lastly I always want something sweet in my granola, and I most often use raisins, chopped dried dates or figs. All these ingredients contain lots of nutrients and are quite filling too.

This granola gets an added nutrient boost from some nettle powder. Nettles are super good for you and contain, among other things, lots of iron, calcium and beta-carotene. In this granola you can't really taste the nettle powder that much, but it gets a lovely light green colour.

I served my granola as a topping for a chia pudding with blueberries and banana. Green smoothie and green tea on the side. So many of my favourite foods on the same breakfast tray!

Nettle Granola

1 jar

2 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 1/2 cup millet flakes
1/2 tsp real vanilla powder
1 cup pumpkin seeds
3 tbsp nettle powder
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp virgin coconut oil
1/2 cup plant-milk
1 cup coconut chips
1 cup raisins

1. Pre-heat oven to 150 degrees Celsius/300 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Stir together oats, millet flakes, vanilla, pumpkin seeds and nettle powder in a big bowl. Add maple syrup, melted coconut oil and milk. Stir thoroughly with a spoon or use your hands.
3. Spread out the mixture on a baking tray covered with parchment paper. Bake in the oven for about 1 hour or until the granola is crunchy but not burned. Stir a couple of times during baking.
4. Allow the granola to cool down and the add coconut chips and raisins.

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