About 1 year ago, my partner and I decided that we were going to avoid refined and added sugar at all costs. Sometimes we need that one vegan donut from the cafe, but we are fully aware that it is unhealthy and know that it is just a monthly treat.
Now that we’ve stopped buying products that contain sugar, we have asked ourselves this question over and over again: Why is it so hard to find a cereal or granola that does not contain added sugar? Last night, we spent a lot of time in the health food aisle at our local grocery store reading all of the ingredient labels on the “healthy” cereals. We were so shocked, almost angry, that all contained sugar as the second or third ingredient.
We’ve made granola before, but we were hoping we could find a good company that can make one that we trust. Unfortunately, the search was unsuccessful. I honestly believe it should be illegal for companies to add the labels “healthy” or ” natural” to their packaging if sugar is in the ingredients list. Its a damaging lie for innocent people that believe they are being healthy, when they are actually destroying their gut and health.
Alright, rant over. We can sit for hours and talk about the truths of the sugar industry and how we can change our lives by making the simple decision to eliminate added sugars. For now, make this simple and delicious granola to keep in your pantry for a snack or a nutritious breakfast.
- 3 cups of raw oats
- 2 cups of raw cashews
- 1 cup of raw almonds
- 1 cup of pepitas
- 1/2 cup of chia seeds
- 1/2 cup of sesame seeds
- 1/4 cup of coconut oil
- 1/4 cup of brown rice syrup
- 4 tbsp cinnamon
- (Optional) 1/2 cup goji berries
- Preheat oven to 200 °C (390°F).
- In a large bowl, mix together all the ingredients (except the goji berries).
- Pour mixture onto a non stick pan, or a pan lined with baking paper. Bake for 20 minutes, stirring mixture every 5 minutes to ensure an even cook.
- Let it cool overnight. Add the goji berries ans store in a jar and use as cereal, granola, or muesli.