Chia Granola

I have been experimenting with making my own granola and this is one that has been a hit so I thought I would share it. I will share a few others over time too.

Granola is both nutrient dense and calorically dense so the key is portion size. A few tablespoons to 1/3 cup is a good range to aim for. If you have a child that is “hungry all the time”, granola is a wonderful thing for them to eat to try to fill up. This one has incredible nutrition packed in that surpasses some others.

Steel cut oats: good source or soluble fibre; offers slow released carbohydrates into the body; low glycemic index; rich in iron.

Chia seeds: complete protein (contains all the amino acids the body needs to make a body protein)

Blueberries: packed with antioxidants that fight cancer, aging, and heart disease

Buckwheat Honey: anti-inflammatory properties

Cinnamon: helps to control blood glucose levels

Here is the actual recipe…

Ingredients

3 cups Steel Cut Quick Cooking Oats (I like to use Bob’s Red Mill oats)

1 cup Chia Seeds

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

1/2 cup honey (preferably Buckwheat honey)

1 cup dried blueberries (or raisins)

1 Tbsp. cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl thoroughly.
  2. Spread onto a baking stone (or baking sheet).
  3. Bake at 400 degrees F for about 45 minutes or until mixture is crispy.
  4. Store in sealed container on the counter or in the fridge.

Serving suggestions are endless for this granola. I like to add a few tablespoons to cereal, on top of pancakes or waffles, into yogurt, with sliced apples or bananas, on a salad, etc.

Until next time…stay healthy!

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