Fibre need not taste like chaff! This granola is a delicious mix of high-fibre seeds, nuts and grain with a crunchy toasted texture and no added oil.
- B Breakfast
- DF Dairy free
- Ve Vegan
- VG Vegetarian
- S Sweet
- GUT Gut-healthy
- Prep time 5 mins
- Cook Time 40 mins
- Serves 10-12
- Difficulty easy
- Preheat oven to 160⁰C. Put all dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Add wet ingredients, mix until dry ingredients are well coated.
- Spread mixture on 1-2 baking trays lined with baking paper. Bake for 1 hour. Mix around occasionally to break up lumps, and turn tray to cook granola evenly (you may need to reduce heat or cover loosely with foil if browning too much).
- Remove granola from oven and allow to totally cool before storing in airtight jar.
- Serve ideally with yoghurt and/or your preferred milk (exclude dairy for dairy-free option) and fresh or stewed fruit for breakfast. For added fibre, choose fruit such as a pear, apple or raspberries.
By Jean Hailes naturopath and herbalist Sandra Villella
Eating a high-fibre diet, along with drinking plenty of water, helps you to avoid constipation and straining your pelvic floor muscles.
And while breakfast 'cereal' can often provide a good portion of the recommended daily intake of dietary fibre, many commercial high-fibre cereals are about as tasty as hay, while others can be low in fibre and high in added sugar.
Not this granola. It has a base of fibre-rich rolled oats and my three favourite seeds that I recommend for helping to keep the bowels regular – linseeds, sunflower seeds and pepitas.
It is flavoured simply with cinnamon and vanilla and sweetened with maple syrup. The end product is a delicious mix of high-fibre seeds, nuts and grain with a crunchy toasted texture and no added oil.