This nutritious and very moorish granola is an excellent way to start your day. It contains lots of dietary fibre to help keep you regular, and beta-glucan, a type of fibre found in oats, that helps keep your cholesterol levels down. It also supplies you with plenty of zinc to strengthen your immunity, good fats for a healthy heart and good memory, and magnesium and B vitamins which are needed for energy production. Magnesium and B vitamins are also your best 'anti-stress' nutrients, that help you deal with being busy and stressed in a healthier way. Oats are also a lovely nourishing and calming food for the nervous system. This granola is perfect served with a handful of fresh berries and almond milk, or with a good spoonful of organic natural yoghurt. It makes a great topping for stewed fruit and yoghurt.
3 cups rolled oats
½ cup pepitas and sunflower seeds
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
2 tablespoons flaxseeds
1 cup mixed raw nuts (Brazil, walnut, almonds, cashew)
1 cup coconut flakes
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ cup maple syrup or raw honey
3 tablespoons cold pressed coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla paste
½ cup dates, sliced
1 tablespoon goji berries
Set oven to 180*C. Place grease proof paper on an oven tray.
In a small saucepan on low heat melt coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla.
Place all other ingredients (except dried fruit) in a large bowl, then add coconut oil mix, and gentle mix through.
Pour muesli mixture onto oven tray and spread out evenly.
Place in oven for 30 minutes, tossing every 10 minutes.
Allow to cool, then add dates and goji berries. This muesli keeps well for the week in an airtight container in the fridge.
These scrumptious little 'cashew and vanilla coconut bliss balls' are the perfect guilt-free treat. They are packed with protein to help keep blood sugar and insulin levels balanced and keep sugar cravings at bay. They contain plenty of zinc, which is essential for healthy immune function and fertility, and healthy fats to fuel our brains and protect us from heart disease. These balls are also full of dietary fibre to help lower cholesterol levels and promote healthy bowel function. Eating protein and fibre rich foods will also help keep you full for longer so you're not tempted to overeat or snack on unhealthy foods. Eat them as a snack or an after dinner treat with a herbal tea. They are also great to pop in your kids lunch boxes. If your children's school has a no nut policy then you can replace the cashew nuts with sunflower or pumpkin seeds and use tahini instead of the nut butter.
1 cup cashews
1 cup coconut flakes
2 teaspoons vanilla paste
10 medjool dates, diced
2 Tbsp flax seeds
2 heap Tbsps almond butter
Sesame seeds (to roll balls in)
Place cashews, coconut, vanilla, flaxseeds and almond butter in your food processor and blend until well combined.
Add diced dates and then blend well.
Roll mixture into individual balls and then roll in sesame seeds.
Place in the fridge in an airtight container.
Makes 7 balls.