Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Fruit and Granola to share - My Homemade Granola, super healthy for children

Some people skip breakfast, some people just drink a glass of milk, or a coffee and a pastry and then there are those who really enjoy and know how important it is this meal to start a day with energy, willingness and well nourished.

Well, I am one of those and I can not leave home without sitting at the table and eat properly. Therefore, it is obvious I have to get up on time and get the little one ready to avoid a delay. Sometimes it is not easy getting up, but thinking about all the good things that I can eat helps that hard task..

In many of my meals I have the company of my son and also often end up with me and him sharing the dish since what the mother is eating is for him a fascination.
When we (parents or caregivers) are creative in our cooking kids tend to be more curious and try new things easily, so, think about that and test your and them limits.

This breakfast I show you here also can be a morning or afternoon snack and apart from the fruit that takes 4 to 5 minutes to cut beautifully, all other elements are previously prepared.

I'm an homemade plain yogurt adept and for that I have a yogurt maker where every week I make 1 Kg of yogurt and I also like to cook my own granola using some muesli that normally I buy in the supermarket and some other super foods that I find in my pantry (I can control the sweetness and put together different combinations).

In this I’ve used Agave Nectar (lower glycemic index than honey) and coconut oil instead of butter (you can also use almond butter or even a normal unsalted butter).

I know that extra virgin coconut oil is a bit expensive as well as almond butter, but I like to invest in good healthy products and cut down other expenses (like more shoes or clothes).

Granola` s Recipe::

-2 Cups of muesli

-1/2 Cup of Brazilian nuts (or you can use a mix of dried fruit)

- 2tbsp grated coconut (no sugar added)

- 1tsp cinnamon

- 2tbsp extra virgin coconut oil (or almond butter or normal melted butter)

2tbsp Agave Nectar

- 2 to 3 tbsp fresh orange juice (or other juice you like)

Pre-eat the oven at 160 ° C.

Mix all the ingredients (except the coconut oil) very well with a spoon.
Melt the coconut oil and immediately add into the previous mix.

Place the mix in a baking tray with a sheet of parchment paper and bake for about 5 minutes, open, toss and return to the oven for another 5 minutes until golden and crispy.

Allow to cool and then store well in a container or jar with a lid.

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