This cinnamon, honey nut granola is my absolute new favourite breakfast! It has the perfect balance of sweetness from the cranberries, raisins and honey, the perfect crunch from the deliciously roasted nuts and seeds and then the coconut flakes enveloped in fragrant cinnamon round it off to perfection. I really love this healthy nutty crunchy granola and could eat it every single day for the rest of my life! Everyone who tastes it loves it and always begs for the recipe, so here it is, with love. This cinnamon honey granola not only tastes incredible, it is also satisfying and nutritious in every way. There is always a large jar (or 2) in my home as it gets devoured before I know it!
A healthy granola really is the best way to start your day, especially when eaten with fresh fruit such as strawberries, blueberries and banana. I love eating it on top of a smooth and creamy yoghurt, the textures are perfect together, or drenched in fresh almond milk (or coconut milk or any milk for that matter) or sprinkled over a colourful smoothie bowl for some crunchy satisfaction. You will be getting so many amazing nutrients first thing in the morning, that you will glowing, happy and energetic for the rest of the day! The brazil nuts, hazelnuts, almonds and seeds add such a good protein punch that you will be full for longer and glowing from all of the omega 3 and vitamin E! I love adding cinnamon to my granola or muesli as it gives the most amazing flavour and fragrance and most importantly it also helps to stabilize your blood sugar levels.
I have used coconut oil in this recipe as it is one of my favourite ingredients. I find that it gives such a beautiful subtle flavour to the granola and also helps to give it the perfect crunch that we are after! Coconut oil has incredible health benefits, to name a few, it helps to reduce obesity, improves your metabolism, protects your body against insulin resistance therefore helping to reduce your risk of getting diabetes. Coconut oil also helps to boost your immunity as it kills harmful bacteria in your body! Amazing!
Now all of that combined with the nutrients, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and protein gives you the perfect breakfast or snack for anytime of the day! It really is so delicious that I eat handfuls of it when I want a snack or after dinner for a little bit of sweetness. I promise that it is so much better than store bought granola or muesli, tastes better, is so much healthier and more nourishing and also much cheaper. I buy nuts and seeds in bulk to make a big batch of it and it can stay fresh for weeks! You can buy nuts in bulk here from amazon. So it really is worth making your own, that way you know that you are giving your body the best possible nutrition and love that it deserves.
Cinnamon Honey Nut Granola
(makes one large jar)
1 cup brazil nuts
1 cup almonds
1/2 cup hazelnuts (skinned)
1/2 cup flaxseeds
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup coconut flakes
2 cups oats
3 Tbsp coconut oil
2 Tbsp honey (or maple syrup)
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup dried cranberries
Preheat the oven to 180 C.
Chop the nuts so that they are nice and chunky. You can place the nuts into a food processor and pulse to chop them, if you don’t feel like chopping them all up by hand.
Pour the nuts, seeds, coconut flakes and oats into a large mixing bowl.
Pour the coconut oil, honey and cinnamon into a small pot on the stove and melt until all of the ingredients are combined. You can also do this in the microwave for about 40 seconds.
Add the coconut oil mixture to the other ingredients in the large bowl and stir to coat all of the ingredients in the delicious honey syrup. Pour the mixture into a baking tray and bake for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes so that the granola turns a beautiful golden brown colour, rather than burning.
Once it has finished baking, remove it from the oven and leave it to cool down. Now you can stir the raisins and dried cranberries through the golden granola and pour into a glass jar or any air tight container. It will stay crunchy and fresh for weeks!
What is your favourite breakfast? Let me know if you try this recipe, I love hearing from you.