Healthy eating without compromise …

‘Eating Healthy’ does not necessarily mean giving up on your favourite food. All you really need to do is re-think the ingredients and switch things around to suit your fitness goal.

Lately, I find myself experimenting more in the kitchen. Yes, it is one of my least favourite places but if homemade means I can munch on my favourite snack even during the week, then I happily will.

Let’s take this granola for example. It was one of my most favourite items until I grew more conscious of how much sugar goes into it. So I eventually stopped having it – until today. I discovered ‘healthy granola’ was a thing! I’m going to be pretty upset if you already knew about it and didn’t tell me!

Now that it’s all baked and the place is smelling divine, I’m just left shocked by 3 things:

  1. How incredibly simple it was to bake
  2. How much money I wasted in the past with store-bought granola
  3. How I can finally have Yogurt Parfait with granola for breakfast now!

I’m so thrilled right now, I’m pretty sure I’m forgetting to mention something here … umm … errr … oh yea, the recipe!

Ingredients for the granola:
The best part about making granola is there are no fixed ingredients or measurements. You simply pick what you like and then adjust the ingredients (mainly for the liquid batter) to suit your own taste buds. However, these are the ingredients and measurements I used for my first attempt:

Oats: 2 cups
Silvered Almonds: 1/2 cup
Honey: 1/2 cup
Coconut Oil: 2 tbsp
Vanilla Essence: 2 tsp

Method: 

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 160 degrees Celsius. Line your rectangular baking tray with parchment paper.
  2. In one bowl, mix together the oats and almonds (or any other dry ingredients you’re planning to add to your granola). Set aside.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together the honey, coconut oil and vanilla essence.
    Add the liquid batter to the dry ingredients and mix everything together making sure no oats are left dry! (hey pssst, you can even add a little bit of water if you feel the mixture is still a bit dry and needs more liquid).
  4. Spread the oats on your baking tray. Bake them in your pre-heated oven for approximately 40-45 minutes. Make sure you stir all the oats every 10-15 minutes to make sure they bake evenly.
  5. Allow the granola to cool completely before transferring to the jar!

That’s it! Now whether you choose to add the granola to your yoghurt parfait, cereal or even smoothies … the choice is yours! Could it possibly get any simpler? I can’t wait to try this recipe again and add more nuts to it next time ….

Do you prefer homemade or store bought food items?

Until the next post, ‘Let’s keep it Strictly Lighthearted!

5 thoughts on “Healthy eating without compromise …

  1. I like granola though it is not one of the favoured cereals for a healthy extra in SW so I have to syn it. However, I use it with an equal amount of porridge oats for a crumble topping with no added fat or sugar as the fruit juice is absorbed into the mix as it cooks, thus taking the sweetness from it.

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