We are busy folks. We want to start off with positive thoughts and lots of energy, so that we can get the most out of the day to come. A lot of people aren’t having this experience though. Instead, they start their days with a sugary grab-and-go breakfast that leaves them feeling depleted and absolutely starving by lunchtime. Or maybe they wake up with a Venti gigantic cup coffee with extra froth and foam.
I have certainly been there and done that too, but this healthy granola recipe may help beat the morning blahs. Even though breakfast is the most important meal of the day, I don’t often have time during the week to think about cooking that healthy meal. Lately I have been on the hunt for an energy-boosting, fiber-filled breakfast that is not overloaded with added sugar.
Starting your day with this healthy “campfire” granola recipe can boost the nutrition in your diet while improving your heart health. It came about as I was growing frustrated with looking for cereals and cereal/granola bars that are high in protein, high in fiber, and low in sugars. After playing around with different ingredients, I found a mixture that filling, satisfying and will not spike your blood sugar levels.
My breakfast granola recipe is also easy to make, and can be made gluten-free and organic! Best of all, it can be eaten hot or cold – with water, milk or dry. Yesterday I enjoyed mine warmed up with a tablespoon of water, and today I put my portion in a baggie and ate it in the car on the way home from working out!
Campfire Granola Recipe:
1 Cup Almond Butter
2 Cups Oats
¾ Cup Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
½ Cup Mini Dark Chocolate Chips
1 1/3 Tbsp Cinnamon
1 Tsp Coconut Oil
*Warm coconut oil slightly in a glass bowl.
*Mix with almond butter. Spread on bottom of glass bowl.
*Slowly add in oats while folding it into the almond butter. Keep folding until all of the oats are added.
* Sprinkle cinnamon on the top of the mixture, and let sit for 10 minutes. If the mixture is not at room temperature, let it sit for a few more minutes.
* Add in the chocolate chips and shredded coconut and stir with a spoon until well blended.
* Add unsweetened organic dried fruit, such as raisins or apricots.
* Take out the chocolate chips and use dried fruit instead.
* Add slices of banana.
Makes approximately five ¾ cup servings. This is a very hearty cereal, so stick with a small portion size. Use ½ cup serving size if adding dried fruit or banana.
One note about this granola recipe is that it is not particularly low in fat. However, the fats in these ingredients are good fats. Let me explain.
As you may know, all fats found in our foods are not created equal. Trans fats, also commonly known as trans fatty acids or partially hydrogenated oils, are the worst type of fat in foods because they raise your LDL (bad) cholesterol levels and lower your HDL (good) cholesterol levels, clogging up your arteries. This healthy granola recipe contains no trans fats. It does contain unsaturated fats, which has the opposite effect. In fact, it has been found that eating nuts, especially an almond-enriched diet, can actually help in weight loss and weight management.
Additionally, the fatty acids in coconut oil may help to curb appetite and subsequent food intake as well. These fatty acids have also been found to improve energy expenditure so the body can burn fat more efficiently. Oats are also known to reduce appetite, and are historically known as one of the most heart healthy foods on the planet. And cinnamon has been shown to potentially lower blood sugar in people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. It has been used for generations for anti-inflammatory purposes, and can help reduce the body’s negative response to consuming high-fat meals.
If you are taking steps to improve your health, this campfire granola recipe may be a great addition to your mornings. Enjoy!
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