Oh, breakfast. If you read my blog, you know I have a weird relationship with breakfast. As much as I know breakfast is important, my stomach can’t seem to want to allow me to eat breakfast right when I wake up. This tends to be problematic for work. I climb up ladders and run around like a headless chicken for hours before I can take a break and get something decent to eat.
I’ve been bringing smoothies to work, but they aren’t substantial enough, and I end up being hungry fairly quickly. My new attempt at fixing this problem is granola. The good thing about granola is that you can change the recipe to include all sorts of different flavours and nutrients, according to your mood and your needs.
Since there is a possibility I will be moving in a couple of months, I wanted to use up some of the extra little bags of food I have. I wouldn’t usually put almonds in my granola (but maybe that’s going to change), but I had a bag of slivered almonds laying around. I was debating using raisins, but then decided there was enough variety in this granola. I’ll save the raisins for the next one.
If you’re doing one of those vegan, gluten free, sugar free, alcohol free detoxes, this granola is perfect. It doesn’t even have to be a breakfast. You can snack on it while sipping a cup of green tea. It’ll fill you up enough to avoid snacking on junk.
Sugar Free Superfood Granola
2 cups rolled oats – not the quick cooking kind (I use Only Oats)
2/3 cup slivered almonds – mine were blanched
2/3 cup unsweetened coconut shavings
2 tbsp chia seeds
2 tbsp hemp hearts
2 tbsp flax meal – using whole flax won’t get you all the nutrients
1 tbsp sesame seeds
2 tbsp oil (use coconut oil if detoxing)
1/4 cup maple syrup
Preheat over to 350F.
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Make sure to scrape the bottom of the bowl (my chia seeds tend to all end up at the bottom). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (I highly recommend it). Spread the granola in an even layer and bake for 30 minutes. Cool before transferring to an airtight container.