A few months ago, a good friend of ours told us to check out the documentary Fed Up. (You can find it on Netflix). So of course we went home the next day and watched it! It talked a lot about hidden sugars and the fact the food distributors are not required to put the daily value percentage of sugar on food products. Seriously look at your food labels! Why do they do this? Let’s take breakfast for example: a standard breakfast of plain yogurt with fruit and granola, sounds healthy right? Here’s the sugar breakdown:
Plain Yogurt– 15 grams of sugar / ½ cup
Store Bought Granola–10 grams of sugar
That’s 25 grams of sugar for breakfast! But what is the daily recommended value? We looked it up. For women the recommended amount is 6 teaspoons or 25 grams, and for men 9 teaspoons or 37 grams of sugar. So ladies, if you were to eat the above breakfast, you would already be at your daily limit of sugar and men you would be close!
This documentary definitely changed the way we look at the food we eat everyday. We started looking at food labels and were amazed at the hidden sugar content in foods we eat daily and think of as healthy. We were most shocked by the sugar in yogurt, granola, tomato sauce, juice, salad dressing, granola bars, and of course a lot of other processed foods.
One way we’re making a change is by creating recipes with minimal sugar, for the foods we eat regularly. This granola is tried and tested. After several batches we perfected the recipe! It’s crunchy with a hint of cinnamon and versatile in that you can add your favorite nut or dried fruit. Plus no added sugar! YAY!
Makes about 13 cups
6 cups rolled oats (not instant)
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp salt
½ cup of ground flaxseed
¼ cup of chia seeds
½ cup of shredded coconut
½ cup of almond slices
⅔ cup honey or agave
¼ cup coconut oil, melted
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup of raisins (or your preferred dry fruit)
Preheat the oven to 300°F
Add the oats, cinnamon, salt, flaxseed, chia seed, shredded coconut, and almond slices in a large bowl and stir.
In a smaller bowl, add the honey, coconut oil (place in the microwave for 15 sec. before adding), and vanilla. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and mix until everything is evenly coated.
Spread the granola in a thin layer on two baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake for 10 minutes, then stir. Rotate the baking sheets for even baking. Bake for an additional 5-10 min until golden brown.
Remove from the oven, and place on cooling rack. As the granola cool, stir every 5 minutes for about 20 minutes.
Toss to combine ½ cup of raisins on to each baking sheet. Granola can be stored for up to 2 weeks!