Apricot Granola out of the oven Laura of London Laura Nana

New Granola recipe

Here’s another granola recipe that I made this morning, similar flavours but a couple of new additions, I wanted it to be more fruity and nutty et voila – dried apricots go amazingly chewy when they’re cooked and replacing flaked almonds with chopped mixed nuts gives a really nice crunch.

Apricot Granola out of the oven Laura of London Laura Nana
Hot out of the oven

To make theĀ compote I regularly have with it, I use half a tub of frozen mixed berries and 1-2 tablespoons of Agave with 1-2 tablespoons of water – all in a saucepan simmered for 5 minutes or so. Taste for tartness and pop in a tupperware container to go in the fridge once its cooled, it’ll keep for a week or so. If it is a little too sharp, add more agave.

Apricot Granola with natural yoghurt and frozen berry compote Laura of London
Apricot Granola with natural yoghurt and frozen berry compote

Dry ingredientsĀ 
2.5 cups oats
Ā¼ cup flax seeds – I used Linwoods
Ā¼ cup mixed seeds
Ā¼ cup dried apricots chopped up small
Ā¼ cup seedless raisins
Ā¼ cup ground almonds
Ā½ cup shredded coconut

Apricot Granola Laura of London Laura Nana
Granola with Apricot, coconut, nuts and seeds

Wet ingredients
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp nut butter
3 tbsp tahini
2 tbsp agave
3 tbsp maple syrup

Granola 'Wet' Ingredients Laura of London
Granola ‘Wet’ Ingredients

Put all the dry ingredients in a big bowl and mix. Put the wet ingredients in a saucepan and heat until they all melt and mix together.

Melted down wet ingredients Laura of London Laura Nana
Melted down wet ingredients

Pour the wet onto the dry ingredients and mix really well. Put it allĀ on a lined baking sheet and into the oven at 180 for 10 minutes. Remove and turn it all over with a fork so other parts get a chance to get brown. Put itĀ back in the oven for another 10 minutes then remove, stir and leave to cool. Pop your amazing cereal in an airtight container ready to use in the morning.

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A Simple Little Smoothie To start a good Sunday

We’ve got family over for a roast dinner today so for breakfast I want something that’s going to be a good healthy boost and keep me going whilst I cook. 

 

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simple smoothie ingredients
In my smoothie I’ve added one satsuma, one Granny Smith, two strawberries, a handful of frozen raspberries, bee pollen, milled flax seed and water. 
 
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Blitz away
 
It’s deliciously fresh and tasty, not to mention the health benefits, especially when adding things like bee pollen and flax seeds to really pump up the nutrients. 

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smoothie, clean eating, breakfast

Wake up with a smile on your face…

By knowing you’ve got a great tasting, healthy cereal to look forward to!!

  
This is a versatile cereal you can adapt and refine depending on your tastes. It’s a good feeling knowing exactly what has gone into your cereal in the morning, you can pair it with yoghurt and fresh fruit or soak it in almond milk overnight with chia seeds, it’s also really good as a topping to stewed apples – a la ‘Apple-not-Crumble’ šŸ˜œ

Dry ingredients 

  • 2.5 cups oats
  • Ā¼ cup flax seeds – I used Linwoods flax, sunflower, pumpkin & sesame seeds with goji berry mix
  • Ā¼ cup flaked almonds
  • Ā¼ cup of pecans, cashews or walnuts
  • 1tbsp bee pollen
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds
  • Ā½ cup shredded coconut
  • Small pinch of salt

  
Wet ingredients

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup

  
Put all the dry ingredients in a big bowl and mix them. Put the wet ingredients in a saucepan and heat until they all melt and mix together. Pour the wet onto the dry ingredients and mix really well. Put them on a lined baking sheet in the oven at 160 for 10 minutes. Remove and stir them. Put them back in the oven for another 10 minutes then remove, stir and leave to cool. 

Pop your amazing cereal in an airtight container ready to use in the morning, go to bed feeling like a boss šŸ‘ŠšŸ˜ā˜ŗļø

Lazy Sundays and feeling VirtuousĀ 

We went to the Syon Food Festival yesterday and although delicious, the majority of the food was not clean so today I want to have a bit of a kick restart. We got up late and had a simple smoothie with some added natural nutritional additions:

  • Natural yoghurt
  • Frozen berries
  • Ripe pear
  • Milled hemp seeds
  • Milled bee pollen
  • Flax seeds with goji berries and sunflower seeds

   
 Bee pollen is a great addition to smoothies and salads, I got mine from a local health food shop but you can order it online too. Its a complete food and contains proteins, vitamins, minerals, lipids and carbohydrates.

Hemp seeds are a really good source of essential fatty acids including Omega 3, 6 and GLA, it’s a more digestible protein than meat and is rich in Vitamin E. 

For the rest of the day I’m going to snack on fruit and nuts and lunch today will be oven roasted salmon fillets with Mediterranean vegetables and some fresh zingy lemon and basil new potatoes.

I love Sunday’s, they’re my favourite day. We try not to plan much and just spend the day pottering, shopping or walking the dog. 

One thing I’ve started to enjoy doing is prepping a few food bits to make my life easier during the week.

Depending on my food menu for the week, I will make my own breakfast cereal, blitz up some fresh nut butter or make some sauces for dinners, such as fresh, Parmesan-free pesto. I’ll blog recipes for all of these today/tomorrow for you. 

Happy Sunday!