Super Fruity Nutty Granola
I love coming up with new recipes to start the day wholesomely. Filling the three Clean Little Tummies with goodness from oats, fruits and nuts, rather than refined sugar, means they spend their morning concentrating, learning and all round being much happier. Besides, a tasty and healthy start with three Clean Little Tummies always makes the morning so much more fun!
Enter our Super Fruity Nutty Granola. It's "super" because it's easy to make, takes very little time and is totally flexible depending of your cupboards and tastes. This recipe calls for raisins and cashew nut - both favourites with my clean little tummies. But any dried fruit provides a sweetness that little tummies enjoy - think cranberries, apricots or mango - and cashews (along with many other nuts) add some healthy fats packed with energy, antioxidants, minerals and vitamins which are essential for a healthy life, young or old.
It really is a quick recipe to make, only a 10 minute job (minus cooking time) once the children are in bed, and then it's ready and waiting for the morning. (Plus, your kitchen will smell delicious!)
Some other healthy additions you might like to experiment with include flax or chia seeds, coconut flakes (but keep a keep eye to make sure they don't burn), pumpkin seeds, wheatgerm or any other whole grains, spiced with vanilla or cinnamon. This is a great article on how to construct your very own granola. But in my experience with the clean little tummies, keeping it simple for little palettes is key. It's also kinder on the hip pocket too!
So what do you need?
200g rolled oats (gluten free if you like)
75 g coconut oil, melted
100g raisins (or any dried fruit you fancy)
50 g cashew nuts (or any nuts/seeds you prefer or a mixture)
50ml maple syrup
What do I do?
- Pre heat the oven to 180C/160C fan
- Line a baking tray with baking parchment
- Melt the coconut oil and then mix it with the oats
- Mix until all the oats are coated
- Add the nuts
- Spread out evenly on the baking tray
- Drizzle over the maple syrup
- Bake for 10 mins
- Remove from the oven, stir well and add the raisins
- Bake for another 8-10 minutes, watch closely as it is quick to burn!
- Leave to cool, serve with natural yoghurt, milk of your choice or simply snack on it from the jar (yes, guilty!)
- Store in an airtight container, lasts for up to one month
You can add any combination of dried fruit and nuts that you like or add some fresh fruit to serve. It's up to you.
Love Caroline & the Clean Little Tummies xxxx