I have never considered myself to be health obsessed or fit.
However, as one ages and times change, circumstance dictates otherwise and almost forces one to be health conscious and smart about what we put into our bodies. You might have noticed lately I’ve been eating a little healthier than usual, and for that I feel a little more energetic. With that in mind, I do have my cheats here and there with balance being key, I certainly don’t plan on depriving myself anytime soon.
Two weeks ago, I was lucky enough to attend a meet and greet with Jessica Sepel hosted by the awesome Wellness warehouse. Jessica is a renowned nutritionist and health author born in South Africa and later moved to Australia where she pursued her career in nutrition. In the intimate setting of the wellness warehouse café, Jessica shared with us her journey to eating clean to fuel mind and body adequately to keeping cortisol levels at bay for a calmer wellbeing. Having just finished her South African book tour for her second book ‘Living the Healthy Life’. I have a feeling this one is going to be another resounding success. Inspired by her talk, I made one of her super tasty homemade granola recipes which is from her first book, The Healthy Life.
Making your own granola at home is the best thing you can do if you’re trying to cut sugar out. Store bought granola is often riddled with tons of refined sugar amongst many other nasty stuff. This recipe is incredibly easy and takes just 20 minutes in overall time. I love the toasty taste of the coconut and nuts together with the fresh zestyness of the satsuma. Possibly one of my favourite granola’s I’ve tasted thus far! Because oranges are not in season just yet, I’ve replaced them with Satsuma citrus, which is a soft citrus and kind of reminds me of a milder tasting naartjie or clementine. I’ve tweaked the recipe a bit here and there, feel free to put your own spin on this one too.
Satsuma and coconut granola:
-140g Almonds, roughly chopped
-50g sunflower seeds
-50g pumpkin seeds
-100g rolled oats
-4 tbsp of dessicated coconut/coconut flakes
-1 tsp of ground cinnamon
-2 tbsp of satsuma/orange zest
-2 tbsp of maple syrup/raw honey
-75g coconut oil, melted
-juice of one satsuma/orange
-pinch of salt
Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. In a large bowl, mix the oats, nuts, both seeds, cinnamon and salt together with the zest. Melt the coconut oil if solid, until liquid, add the juice of the satsuma and maple syrup, and stir to combine. Add this mixture to your dry ingredients and mix until all ingredients are just combined. On a parchment lined tray, spread the granola evenly then bake for 10 minutes, stir the granola after the first 10 minutes, then bake for another 5-10 minutes until golden. Store in an airtight container. Serve a few dollops of double cream plain yoghurt and fruit.
To give you an idea of what more you could use the granola for, you could make a delicious yoghurt parfait as a midday or brekkie snack. Just stack ingredients in a jar or glass and serve topped with mint and berries.
And just like that you have your very own homemade granola!