Granola anyone? Not only is homemade granola lip-smacking good and extremely healthy, it’s also versatile, easy to make, and simple to customize.
One day, when playing around with ingredients, I decided to create a granola mixture that boosts Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s fight inflammation, benefit heart health, and boost brain power—just to name a few benefits. That means this Omega Boost Granola is a great snack for both my school-going brood and my hard-working husband.
Omega Boost Granola
Next time you need a quick and energizing treat, try some for yourself. As always, I encourage you to play around with my recipe, tailoring the flavors to fit your taste preference and current craving.
Omega Boost Granola
- 4 cups oats
- 2 cups assorted seeds
- 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
- 2 cups nuts (your choice - cashews, almonds, walnuts)
- 1/4 cup flax meal
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- Pinch of salt
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup agave to taste
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup assorted fruits: goji berries, dried blueberries, figs, dates, raisins, cranberries
In a large bowl, mix oats, nuts, seeds, coconut, and flax.
In a small bowl, mix maple, agave, oil, and vanilla.
Mix dry and wet ingredients. Spread on cookie sheet and bake at 325 degrees Fahrenheit (163 Celsius). Check every 5 to 10 minutes to avoid burning. Remove when golden and add dried fruit.
Tips by Nealy:
1. If your child does not like nuts or picks them out of food, just put the nuts in a food processor before adding them to the oats. Blend them and your child will have no idea they are even there!
2. Coconut oil may be used for so many wonderful things! Coconut oil is available at Three Sixty, Just Green, and O2H (50 Stanley Street) in Hong Kong. My favorite use, aside from consumption, is as a body oil. Use it before showering or soak up the benefits all night and shower in the morning. The oil is great at combating dehydrated and dull skin tone. You can use it on babies and kids as well. Get ready to glow!
3. Agave is a healthy low glycemic sweetener that won't affect your child's blood sugar levels in the same way that sugar does. Agave is about 1.5 times sweeter than sugar so you do not need to use much. Grab some agave at Three Sixty, O2H, or Gateway (188 Des Voeux Road Central) in Hong Kong.
4. Flax meal is a great source of fiber and omega and excellent for digestion. It is available at most grocery stores, including Three Sixty.
5. Granola can always be customized to your liking - no rules here.
1. As a snack on its own
2. Topping for muffins
3. In a fruit parfait - layer organic plain yogurt, berries and granola