There are many believers thinking that granola is healthy. However it is the fault of the food industries pushing a product that is actually one of the least healthy breakfasts one could have. Keri Gans the author of the Small Change Diet states in her book that ‘most granolas have too much sugar and very little fibre. A healthy breakfast cereal should be the exact opposite.’
Lizi’s Granola hit the English market 10 years ago and has been extremely popular as you can purchase it in almost any high-end food store such as Partridges or Whole Foods. You would think that due its high price of £3.65 per a 400-gram bag the granola would be extremely healthy. However even though Lizi’s granola is low fat and low in sugar it still contains 494 calories per 100 grams.
Lizi’s granola has been extremely famous and it even began exporting to China since 2015. However there are many places stating that granola is not the way to go if you want to lose weight. As Alice Smellie wrote for the Daily Mail ‘the healthy bowl of granola has more sugar than coke, and more fat than fries.’
If it is one of the main dishes in your daily meals, then don’t worry because it is extremely easy to make! Home made granola doesn’t contain any preservatives and it lasts a long time! This is a take from Lizi’s macadamia and mango granola however homemade and better tasting.
500 grams of oats
150 g almonds
150 g macadamias
75 g pumpkin seeds
50 ml maple syrup
2 tablespoons of cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Take your almonds and macadamias and put them inside a napkin. Take the napkin and hit it on the kitchen table so that the nuts can disintegrate in medium sized pieces. If you want to do it the easier way then simply put them in a food processor for a second because you don’t want the pieces to be too small. Put your almonds and macadamias in a bowl with the oats and pumpkin seeds. Mix them together.
Take your mangoes, peel them and put them through a food processor so that they turn into a smoothie like consistency. Add the mangoes in the bowl and mix well again. Add in the maple syrup, cinnamon and vanilla extract. Mix well again. You should have a nice mixture that is a little bit sticky. Once you have done that heat up your oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Put baking paper on your tray and spread the mixture on top. You should evenly spread the mixture and it must be a very thin layer. Bake the granola for 30 minutes, if you like it crispier then bake it for another 10 minutes.