How much sugar is hiding in your breakfast? It’s probably more than you think!
Cereal is generally thought of as being a healthy way to start the day. However, you may be surprised at the amount of sugar, salt and saturated fat many of them contain. In 2019, Action on Sugar and Action on Salt conducted a survey finding that 49% of breakfast cereals with child-friendly packaging were high in sugar, 86% were high or medium in salt, and 48% were low in fibre.1https://www.actiononsugar.org/surveys/2020/breakfast-cereals-/ This all equals bad news for your gut bugs!
So, how can you ensure a true healthy way to start the day for you and your family? Our Healthy Homemade Granola is high-fibre]2https://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/nut-and-seed-products/3066/23https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/270680, refined-sugar-free and delicious – perfect for breakfast, snack time or as a pudding.
Here’s how we make granola here on the farm:
Ingredients: (to make a big batch!)
300g rough-cut oats
50g pumpkin seeds
50g sunflower seeds
50g walnuts (some chopped, some left whole)
3 tbsp coconut oil (melted)
100ml yacon syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp of salt
100g dried fruit of your choice – cranberries, raisins and dried apricots are all good choices!
Unsweetened coconut flakes
Dark chocolate chips
- Combine the coconut oil, yacon syrup and vanilla extract in a large bowl.
- Tip in all the remaining ingredients, except the dried fruit, and mix well until coated.
- Evenly spread the mixture onto a baking sheet (use two if necessary) and bake at 150C for 15 minutes.
- Mix in the dried fruit, return to the oven and bake for a further 15 minutes until golden and slightly crunchy. Add your optional add-ins at this point. Dark choc chips and orange zest are a particularly yummy combo!
- Remove from the oven and leave to completely cool. Serve with A2 milk, pile on top of yoghurt or simply grab a handful as a gut-friendly snack. It can also be popped into an airtight container and enjoyed for up to a month.
If you’re looking for more hearty, healthy breakfast options, check out Claire’s Prebiotic baked oats recipe, Laura’s Banana & date buckwheat porridge, and Saskia’s Prebiotic pancakes. Have a good, gut-healthy morning 🌞
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