DIY Granola

-Guest post by Dr. Ashley Weber

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Sure, it’s a cliché. But it’s true. Starting your day with a healthy breakfast helps to balance your blood sugar throughout the day, increases energy and concentration, and kick starts your metabolism. People who don’t eat breakfast are more likely to be obese and a recent study found that men who regularly skip breakfast have a 27% increased risk of heart disease.   

Most of us cite a lack of time as the culprit for skipping their breakfast chow. But a little prep can go a long way. Here are two of my favourite make-ahead granola recipes that are perfect for a quick bite before heading out the door. I like to pair it with some almond milk or Greek yogurt and fresh fruit. But it’s also just as good au natural!

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Maple-Ginger Granola with Raisins

Ingredients:

3 cups whole rolled oats (not instant)
1 cup almonds, coarsely chopped
 ½ cup sunflower seeds (raw, unsalted)
 ½ cup coconut (unsweetened)
 ¼ cup sesame seeds
1 tbsp fresh grated ginger
A few shakes of cinnamon
 ¼ cup coconut oil
 ½ cup pure maple syrup
1 cup raisins

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 300F. Combine all ingredients except for raisins and mix thoroughly. Spread onto a baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes, turning with a spatula every 10 minutes. Let cool, add raisins, and mix!

Apricot Cranberry Granola

Ingredients:

3 cups whole rolled oats (not instant)
1 cup almonds, coarsely chopped
 ½ cup sunflower seeds (raw, unsalted)
 ½ cup coconut (unsweetened)
 ½ cup pepita seeds
A few shakes of cinnamon
 ¼ cup coconut oil
 ½ cup honey
 ¾ cup dried cranberries
 ¾ cup dried apricots, diced

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 300F. Combine all ingredients except for cranberries and apricots and mix thoroughly. Spread onto a baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes, turning with a spatula every 10 minutes. Let cool, add cranberries and apricots, and mix.

These recipes are very similar and can be adjusted to your taste, so feel free to get creative and try adding different seeds, spices, or dried fruits. Using maple syrup will give the granola a drier texture, while the honey gives it a sticky texture.

About the Author: Ashley Weber, Naturopathic Doctor

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By developing close relationships with her patients, Dr. Ashley Weber seeks to gain insight into the physical and emotional factors contributing to their health.  She approaches integrative medicine from multiple angles, and creates an individualized plan for each patient, tailored to their unique needs. Ashley values the principles of detoxification and regularly guides her patients through various detox programs.  She maintains a busy family practice in Toronto, Canada.