Recipe: Orange Blossom Granola by Goodness Guru

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We love granola! There are few things more comforting than the smell of baking granola emanating from the kitchen. Its enticing aromas drift effortlessly through the household, forcing its inhabitants to stop for a moment, and take in the enchanting scent. There are so many granolas on offer these days, but nothing beats the satisfaction of spooning ones own over thick set Greek or coconut yoghurt. This granola emphasizes citrusy orange and the flavor of warming spices, yet it’s base is a blend of fibre rich oats and energizing nuts. The result is breakfast that encourages the slow release of energy, to keep you feeling full throughout the morning. I hope you love it.

Ingredients 

  • 100g oats
  • 30g cashews
  • 35g hazelnuts
  • 20g pecans
  • 50g almonds
  • 50g pumpkin seeds
  • 100ml orange juice
  • 25ml coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp orange zest
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 2 tbsps honey


Method

Preheat the oven to 160 degrees Celsius and line a large baking tray with greaseproof paper.

In a food processor, blitz the almonds, cashews, hazelnuts and pecans until roughly chopped. I like to leave some larger pieces for texture.

Add the nuts to a large bowl along with the oats, pumpkin seeds, spices, orange zest and a pinch of salt.

In a smaller bowl, mix the coconut oil, orange juice and honey. Pour the orange juice mixture over the dry ingredients and stir until everything is evenly coated.

Spread the mixture on the baking tray and bake in the oven for approximately 20-30 minutes until the nuts are just turning golden brown. It’s best to keep a watchful eye as variations in oven can cause a faster or slower cooking time and this granola is prone to burning easily.

Leave to cool and transfer into a jar. I like mine served with coconut or green yoghurt, fresh oranges, berries and a drizzle more of honey.

 

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Isa started her blog Goodness Guru after her first year at The University of Edinburgh. Although her main reasons for adopting a healthier lifestyle were based on curing an outbreak of acne, Isa had also suffered from anorexia as a younger teenager. As with many young girls, the pressures of growing up contributed (sadly in hindsight ) to a very image conscious teenager. As a result Isa thought low calorie and low fat foods were the best way forward, resulting in a controlling and destructive eating disorder. Goodness Guru was Isa’s gateway into enjoying food again, cooking, experimenting and learning to nourish herself properly free from guilt and restriction. In the past few months, Isa has begun to open up about her experiences and also address some of the flaws in the wellness space. She is on a mission to inspire young women to love their bodies no matter what and to enjoy a healthy and balanced relationship with food. Isa currently lives in London and is currently training to be a naturopathic nutritionist, whilst working  as a tutor and eating disorders mentor.
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