Our kitchen always smells of delicious granola on a Sunday! There's no better way to get prepared for the week ahead and the Nutella-esque flavour gives you another reason to jump out of bed in the morning!
Oats contain the two main types of fibre, soluble and insoluble fibre. One type of soluble fibre, beta-glucan, has lots of proven benefits – particularly when it comes to heart health. It helps improve cholesterol levels, blood sugar levels and boosts your body’s immune response to infection. While the insoluble type keeps everything moving nicely through your digestive tract. Adding some hazelnuts to the mix not only tastes great but makes this recipe even more nutritious. These nuts contain a range of flavonoids which have strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. You're also getting in a good dose of heart-healthy unsaturated fats and energy-boosting B vitamins.
- 200g oats (use certified gluten free if required)
- 3 TBSP coconut oil
- 2 TBSP hazelnut butter (or alternative nut butter)
- 2 TBSP hazelnut meal (or almond meal)
- 50g cacao powder
- 3 TBSP maple or honey
- 70g hazelnuts (roughly crushed or chopped)
- handful pumpkin seeds
*Serve with coconut or greek yoghurt, nut butter & lots of yummy fruit. Or add a sprinkle on top of your favourite smoothie.
- Preheat the oven to 150°C.
- Melt the coconut oil in a pot on a low heat.
- Stir in the hazelnut butter and maple syrup/honey.
- Next stir in the cacao powder followed by the hazelnut meal.
- Add the oats and hazelnuts to the mixture and mix well.
- Pour the mixture into a baking dish – we prefer to use a ceramic dish because it’s less likely to burn!
- Bake for 30-35 minutes – making sure to stir every 5-7 minutes (be gentle so that the oat clusters don't break up too much).