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RECIPE - Midlife Grown-Up Granola

(Recipe adapted from my book, The Midlife Kitchen)


I have a love-hate relationship with granola. I love the delicious nutty crunch it brings to the breakfast bowl but hate the fact that most shop-bought versions are stuffed full of sugar. So, in devising this one, I’ve gone completely sugar-free; a grown-up granola if you like. It still delivers the requisite extreme crunch, but rather than achieving it by baking with masses of oil and sugar, here egg whites do a much lighter and healthier job. Sprinkle on yogurt and add a dollop of chia seed jam or some chopped fruit and you’ll have all the sweetness you need.


SERVES: Makes 500g


KITCHEN TIME: 10 mins prep, 40 mins cooking


INGREDIENTS:

250g jumbo oats

100g raw, unsalted nuts (any combination of walnuts, pistachios, cashews, Brazils) roughly chopped

50g flaked almonds

50g mixed seeds (flax, pumpkin, sunflower)

50g dried coconut flakes

2 tsp ground cinnamon

A pinch of sea salt

3 egg whites, whisked to stiff peaks


PREP TIP: This recipe is super adaptable so add whatever you like but not dried fruit – it’s full of sugar and burns easily giving the granola a bitter flavour.


METHOD: Preheat the oven to 150°C. Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl. Add the whisked egg whites and stir thoroughly with a metal spoon to ensure all the ingredients are fully coated. Spread onto a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper and bake for 40 minutes, stirring after 20 minutes to break up the granola a little. Leave to cool fully, then store in an airtight container. Will keep for up to 3 weeks.


SERVING TIP: I love this with a big blob of Greek yogurt and frozen berries which have been heated up in a pan with a tsp of maple syrup.



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