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Pumpkin & Pecan Granola

With the anti-sugar campaign at full-steam, shop-bought granola is getting a rather bad name for itself. Rightly so, it is often overly sweet and packed with added sugar. Unlike this granola, which only contains a few grams of honey (about a teaspoon) per portion! Dead easy to prepare, you can really impress your friends by offering home made granola; ha ha, they don’t know it only takes a couple of minutes to stir the ingredients together, 20 minutes in the oven, 5 minutes for it to crisp up and hey presto, bob’s your uncle!

Totally delicious for breakfast with fresh fruit and yoghurt or as a nutritious and tasty snack before or after training, this pecan and pumpkin seed granola is packed with nutrients to supercharge energy levels, as well as a great combo of sustaining, low GI carbohydrate, quality protein and unsaturated, heart-friendly fats.

 

Ingredients

For 8-10 portions
  • 200g jumbo porridge oats
  • 100g pecans, roughly chopped
  • 50g pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tbsp honey, agave or maple syrup
  • 2 tsbp sunflower or rapeseed (canola) oil
  • 2 tbsp water
  • Small handful of crystallised ginger, chopped
 

Nutrition

Per serving
  • Energy (kcal) 245
  • Carbohydrate (g) 24.7
    • Of which sugars (g) 4
  • Fat (g) 15.2
    • Of which saturates (g) 1.6
  • Protein (g) 4.6
  • Salt (g) 0.8
  • Fibre (g) 4.3

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4.
  2. Mix together the oats, nuts and seeds with the ground ginger, honey, oil and water.
  3. Spread the mixture evenly on a large baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes until golden brown, turning the muxture after 10 minutes for it to brown evenly.
  5. Leave to cool for 5 minutes or so. It will crisp up like magic.
  6. Add the chopped ginger.
  7. Store in an airtight container for up to three weeks although you’ll find it usually disappears after a couple of days!
By the way, the melt-in-the-mouth pecan nuts are not just tasty, they also contain a massive 19 different vitamins and minerals! Antioxidants, including vitamin E, oleic acid which can help increase our good cholesterol and vitamin B3, which helps us access the energy in our food. Watch out though, you'll only need a handful to gain the benefit and they can be very moreish.   Throw in some chopped crystallised ginger if you like; this adds a mouth-watering kick to the granola and helps reduce inflammation in the muscles.  

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