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6 of the best

6 of the best... healthy homemade granola recipes

From sugar-free coconut oats to an indulgent peanut butter breakfast.

ALTHOUGH OFTEN BELIEVED to be quite a healthy breakfast option, the nutritional qualities of granola can vary wildly depending on the one you choose.

The oat-based cereal, usually containing a sweetener and mix-ins like nuts, raisins and seeds certainly sounds good on paper. Plenty of pre-made varieties will do you just fine, but others can contain high amounts of sugar and preservatives.

If you really want to know what you’re putting into your breakfast bowl, grab the ingredients at the supermarket and make your own at home.

Using a few store-cupboard ingredients, granola is not only simple to make, but it lends itself perfectly to customisation. We’ve rounded up some of our favourites recipes from around the internet below…

1. Roz Purcell’s Notella Granola: The chocolately hit in this granola comes from cacao nibs and cacao powder, meaning it’s moreish without leaving your blood sugar sky high before 8am.

2. Wife Mama Foodies’ Five-Minute Paleo Granola: For those who may want to avoid oats, this grain-free alternative packs in heaps of good fats and omega 3s. It’s also free from dairy and refined sugar.

3. Madeleine Shaw’s Toasted Buckwheat Granola: Acai bowls are having a moment, and they go wonderfully with granola. Despite its name, buckwheat is both wheat and gluten free, so this is a great recipe for anyone who sufferers from an intolerance.

4. Oatmeal With A Fork’s Sugar Free Cinnamon Coconut Granola: I love the addition of pumpkin seeds to this zero-sugar take on the classic. Made with just six ingredients, this is the perfect fuss free mix.

5. Kitchen Sanctuary’s Cranberry Granola: The cranberry and orange flavours provide the perfect zing to balance out the natural sweetness from the dried fruit. The addition of pumpkin seeds provides a rich source of magnesium, which can contribute to good heart health.

6. Two Peas and Their Pod’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola: This recipe is indulgent, but perfect for a weekend morning. Plus it uses just four ingredients, which means more time for relaxing. If you don’t have chocolate chips, sub in small chopped chunks of good quality dark chocolate.

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