Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Healthy Breakfast


I think breakfast can get rather boring when you're keeping track of calories, and on a small budget. Luckily, I've stumbled across this easy breakfast idea from the lovely people at 'Cook Yourself Thin'. Available from Amazon here. Granola when bought can be both expensive, if you'd like a decent kind with fruity bits that aren't just raisins (eurgh, raisins) and also pretty high in sugar! Granola is baked in the oven, usually in some kind of oil/ sugary combination, so you can see why it would ordinarily  be off limits if you're trying to keep fit!

The crunchy granola as featured in Cook Yourself Thin is a breath of fresh air in comparison. For 50g it's about 183 calories, so plenty of room to put lots of lovely gubbins with it- fruit, yoghurt etc. Unfortunately they haven't put the recipe up on the website, but I'm happy to pass on the rough idea of how to make it :)

You'll need:
200g jumbo porridge oats (I'm sure the regular kind would do just as well)
30g Mixed Seeds (I used sunflower seeds and pumpkin ones as they came in a pack at Sainsburies from 40p!)
30g Chopped Nuts 
60g Dried Fruit, I used a berry mixture- another Sainsburys packet! 
1 tbsp of Sunflower Oil
100g Runny Honey
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract

Rough idea of how to make it: Preheat the oven to 150c. Mix together all the dry ingredients apart from the fruit. In a mug, mix the oil, honey and vanilla extract (in that order). Mix these two together, place on a baking tray and bake for 10 minutes. Take out, add the fruit, and bake for another 10. E voila! Let it cool and whack it in airtight container. It should keep or a month :)

Happy granola-ing!

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