Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Homemade Apple Spiced Granola #HealthyWeek | Home & Health

Hello! So as I mentioned in my last post, I'm doing a series of posts on healthy eating and living. Today I'm sharing with you one of my tried and tested granola recipes - Gluten Free, Vegan Spiced Apple Granola. I started making my own granola about a year ago, and it is so easy I never looked back. Gone are the overpriced store bought kind, loaded with sugar and flavour enhancers - no thank you! The best thing about making your own stuff is the recipe combinations are endless - I just made up a batch of fig and peach granola spiced with fresh ginger and cinnamon - probably my best yet! You can also add in all your favourite powders and superfoods to get the most benefits. 

This is gluten-free and vegan. The recipe is super simple but where I can I'll offer alternative ingredients if you're struggling to find some of these in your pantry (alternatives may not be GF or vegan)

INGREDIENTS
BASE
3 cups plain gluten free oats (or a museli base like this Holland & Barrett one, containing oats, wheat flakes, barley and rye)
1 cup mixed nuts 
1/2 cup mixed seeds
3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted (try olive, rapeseed or canola if coconut isn't your thing)
3 tablespoons maple syrup (sub honey, brown rice syrup or agave)
Pinch sea salt

EXTRAS (get creative with these ingredients, but here's what I used)
1 green apple
2 teaspoons cinnamon 
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon lucuma powder
1 tablespoon soy bran

1. Set your oven to a low setting (around 100C if it goes that low). Add all the dry ingredients (oats, nuts, seeds, cinnamon, bran, lucuma and salt) into a bowl and combine.
Lucuma powder was a Holland & Barrett discovery a while ago. It's a South American powder that has a delicious sweet malty flavour - it's great to add to smoothies or ice creams or in baking. I like to add in a bran to boost the fibre content, it also adds a subtle nutty flavour.

2. Chop your apple into fairly uniform cubes. You'll be dehydrating these in the oven so try and make them all the same size so they dry evenly! Add into the dry ingredients and combine.

3. Melt your coconut oil and add in the syrup and vanilla extract. You can hear me wax lyrical about coconut oil on a previous post dedicated to the stuff. 

4. Add to the dry ingredients and combine well., making sure everything is coated. 

5. Spread onto a large baking tray. Try to get an even layer so it will toast evenly.

6. Bake for approx 40mins - 1 hour. Check every 15 minutes or so, turning the granola to make sure it browns. Depending on how crunchy you want your granola to be, leave in for less or more. Remember that it'll harden as it cools.

7. Let cool completely before transferring to an airtight container. Eat within two weeks when it's at it freshest.

That's it! Enjoy with yoghurt, mixed berries and a little more syrup, or go for it with almond milk and bananas, or have it on its own as a snack!

Once you've given this one a shot, play around and try some of these ingredients!
- Fresh peaches, pineapples, figs
- Nutmeg, cardamom 
- Coconut sugar
- Cooked quinoa (gives it a delicious chewy texture!)
- Peanut butter
- Mashed Bananas
- Grated carrots
To add after toasting
- Desiccated coconut
-Dried fruits - sultanas, raisins, figs
- Banana chips 
- Chia Seeds

Let me know if you would like recipes for my other flavour combos:
Peach, Fig and Ginger
Carrot Cake
Peanut Butter and Banana 

Have you guys tried making granola? What flavours do you go for?

Drea xo

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Thursday, 25 June 2015

All About Health + Bimuno #HealthyWeek | Home & Health

Hello!
How has everyone been? I won't bore you with the details of my life, but suffice to say it's been a little busy workwise! (check out my instagram @dreaogunbadejo for more on that).

I've also over the past couple of weeks decided to step up my health game by going to a bunch of gym classes all over London BUT more on that later. As luck would have it, I was contacted by Bimuno Prebiotics - a company all about digestive health. They asked if I wanted to give one of their products a try, and it seemed like a great fit for what I'm working on health wise!
Bimuno

What I'll be trialing is their product Immunaid* - a prebiotic that feeds the good bacteria in your gut and give you an immune system boost. As I have IBS, I'm always looking for new products to help soothe my stomach and balance acids and bacterias. Once I've given it a full try I'll let you know how I get on!

Anyone have any tips for maintaining good digestive health? So far all I have is wheat + dairy = bad!

I'm doing a series of posts to talk about different health & fitness topics for the next week or so, so let me know if you guys want me to talk about anything in particular!

Drea xo

*Item will be sent for review. All opinions will be my own.

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