I am always trying to improve our diet and breakfast is such a critical meal as it tends to set the trend for the day. We’ve always eaten porridge as our number one “go to” but when it is as hot as it is in St. Lucia now, its really hard to add anything to the furness. I’d love to have a bowl full of fruit some mornings, but the problem with that is the glycemic index of that meal is very high and because the body breaks it down so quickly, you do not stay satisfied for long.
I came up with this recipe as an amalgamation of many prototypes…..hence the name….It just seems to hit the spot in terms of health benefits, glycemic index, mouth feel and satisfaction. I hope you give it a try.
My friend Nancy put me onto shelled hemp hearts/hemp seeds when we went on our sailing trip earlier this year. You may remember I made her paleo granola. Hemp seeds are the seeds of the cannabis plant and are mooted as the most nutritious seed on the planet. I find superlatives questionable in most circumstances, but the point is they are very good for you and taste great.
I’ve included a picture of my chopped almonds because I also love these nuts. In this simply delicious homemade granola recipe they get all crunchy and you feel like a special treasure has been delivered to your mouth when a spoonful includes them.
makes lots of homemade granola goodness :
500g jumbo oats
1 c fresh grated coconut
4 tbsp sesame seeds
2 tbsp flax seeds or flax seed meal
60g (1/2 c) pumpkin seeds
80g (1/2 c) sunflower seeds
90g (1/2 c) roughly chopped almonds
75g (1/2 c) shelled hemp hearts/hemp seeds
125 ml (1/2 c) coconut oil
60ml (1/4 c) honey
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
Heat the oven to 170ºC (340ºF).
Combine all the dry ingredients in a roomy bowl and mix thoroughly. Add the oil, honey and vanilla extract and try your best to make sure every seed, nut and oat flake have at least a little of their blessing.
Spread evenly in a large roasting tray with low sides and cook for approximately 30 mins stirring often as the 4 edges seem to turn brown quite quickly.
Once the granola has completely cooled it can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for ages.
We usually have ours with a chopped up banana and milk. Sometimes, during the day, I have a spoonful all by itself as it tastes that good.