Guys, I have an exciting announcement to make (if you couldn’t already tell from the title of this post)…..
I have recently been named one of the new ambassadors for Amy’s Grains and Eating Fit!!!!
Now, if you have absolutely no idea what I am talking about then bare with me.
Amy’s Grains is an Australian company specialising in making healthy and nutritious breakfast products for weight loss, athletes and just about anyone! It is run by Amy Gianotti – a ‘passionate foodie’, dietitian, and personal trainer. “Amy recognises the importance of starting the day with a nutritious breakfast that offers superior nutrition to fuel the body. Her unique 6 whole grain blend of oats, barley, triticale, spelt, brown rice, and rye, is designed to keep you satisfied and trick those appetite hormones making weight loss more achievable. 100% wholegrain, it gives you long lasting energy to take on your day!” For more info head to: http://amysgrains.com.au/.
Eating Fit is also run by Amy and her partner Lucas who is also a personal trainer. They are able to provide you with personalised training and eating programs to suit your needs. For more info head to: http://eatingfit.com.au/.
Amy also has a fabulous E-book called ‘Fit Fabulous Foodie’ with heaps of nutritional advice and information, plus some pretty good-looking recipes, so if that sounds like your kind of thing then you’re in luck because I have a special promo code (AMYe7ec) that you can use to get a 20% discount on!
So, to kick start this amazing opportunity I bring you my first recipe featuring Amy’s Grains. I hope you enjoy!
Honey Crunch Granola
- 3 ½ cups Amy’s Grains or rolled oats
- 1 cup almonds
- ½ cup pepita seeds
- ¾ cup + 2 tablespoons wholemeal flour
- 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 cup dried cranberries (craisins)*
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- 2/3 cup honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ cup almond milk
- Preheat the oven to 150 degrees C.
- Line a large baking pan with baking paper.
- Mix the oats, nuts, seeds, flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon together in a large bowl. Stir in the cranberries.
- Whisk the coconut oil, honey, vanilla, and milk together until smooth. Pour the wet mixture over the oat mixture and stir to combine.
- Spread the granola mixture onto the pre-prepared pan evenly.
- Bake for 15 minutes; stir once. Bake for another 15 minutes until. Leave the granola out for a while (2-3 hours) to cool, cluster, and crunchify. Serve on yogurt, with fruit, ice cream, milk, or just as a clusterific snack.
- * You can substitute the same amount of dried cranberries with any other small dried fruit e.g. raisins, sultanas, dried cherries, dried blueberries etc.
- The inspiration for this recipe is from Pinch of Yum’s ‘Big Cluster Peanut Butter Granola’
About the granola:
This granola is a little bit different to what I usually make because a few additions to the ingredients list:
- Firstly, the Amy’s Grains, they’re not much different to oats and make a nice change!
- The wholemeal flour adds to the overall volume of the granola and helps to create the perfect clusters.
- Whilst the baking powder adds to the cluster perfection – to be honest I’m not really sure what it does!!
- The almond milk helps to create a runnier wet mixture without sacrificing the flavour or needing to use extra oil.
Please don’t be worried about the large amount of honey in this recipe. 2/3 cup may sound like a lot but in reality it’s actually not that much considering this recipe makes A LOT of granola, it does have 3 ½ cups oats and ¾ cup wholemeal flour! Volume, people!!
Also, the honey flavour is not too overpowering, it is just the right balance. In fact, the first time I made this recipe it was just right but the second time I made it I used all the exact same measurements as before yet I felt that there wasn’t enough of a honey flavour, as I had used a different type of honey that was not as strong as the first.
This is probably my most clusterific granola yet and I am so very proud of my self for being able to match the epic clusterific proportions of those so called ‘healthy’ commercial brands who use sugar and oil to achieve their cluster perfection. Don’t get me wrong, I love those granolas but everyone just needs a little bit of a break from the sugar overload every now and then! So GO ME for achieving this mean feat with all the wholesome and nutritious ingredients and not a hint of refined sugar!
This extremely clustery granola is perfect for snacking on, topping yogurt, smoothie bowls, nicecream and the real stuff (ice cream – if you so wish) to achieve that desired texture contrast everyone dreams on. Or you could just eat it with milk and fruit like I do, when I can’t be bother being fancy. As with most granolas this goes great with banana, berries and mango, and probably just about every other fruit known to man! I have been making good use of the great supply of ripe mangos I have at the moment thanks to my granddad who delivered even more the other day!