Hello!! Happy New Year to you!! Looking forward to a superb 2018, wondering what new adventures I will have and stories that will be created! Planning to continue my healthy food lifestyle this year and hopefully finish my nutrition consultant course by the end of the year! Getting physically stronger is very high up on my agenda this year…yes, lets hope for some muscles by the end of the year! Hoping to continue mu immersion into health, food and nutrition-cooking, eating and learning! On that positive note, I want to bring you this delicious beetroot granola with sesame seeds recipe!
Healthy Beetroot Granola!
I had first shared this recipe for beetroot granola in Nov, 2015! 2 years later, not only did I want to revamp the recipe-making it more simple and upping the nutrition level, I also wanted to take some better shots. My food styling, camera and editing techniques have evolved to such a level after 2 years of practice and learning-I am so proud! Take a look at the older photographs of the same recipe for the beetroot granola.
This new and improved recipe for beetroot granola is made with mainly dates as its sweetener and dash of maple syrup for those who like their granola a little sweeter. The main ingredient after the beetroot is sesame seeds! I use a huge amount of black and white sesame seeds which I roughy crush as well a good dose of tahini (sesame seed paste). Hence this granola is packed with minerals, vitamins, protein and healthy fats from the seeds and phytonutrients from the beetroot. Can you imagine what a power packed healthy breakfast cereal this beetroot granola is!
This recipe is hugely influenced by Julie Morris’s Banana hemp seed granola from her book Superfood Kitchen. Do have a read of her books if you have not already. It is full of interesting ways of adding superfoods into your everyday meals.
Now the rest of the blog post is text from my 2015 post about whether granola is healthy and how to make sugar free granola at home. Have a read if you haven’t read this post before or head over straight to the recipe and get started!
How healthy is Granola?
Nov 2015: I have been meaning to share my healthy granola recipe since a very long time. I started working on a sugar free granola recipe after moving to London. When I first went down the super market aisles in Cereal section in London I was bewildered by the various brands and options for Muesli, Granola and Wheat flakes. I ended up trying every variety possible and falling in love with the variety of granola available! I soon realized however that this supermarket breakfast cereal was quite unhealthy! Packed with sugars and unhealthy fats, it was truly not a healthy choice to start your day with! Remember for every 100 gms of cereal, any sugar level above 21 gms is unhealthy, even if it says it contains honey! Most store brought granola has at least 27 gms of sugar per 100 gms, this definitely needs to be avoided!
How to make Sugar free Granola?
I hence went online and searched for a sugar free granola recipe made with good fats. I had so much fun experimenting and trying something new. Most baked healthy granola recipe with coconut oil however had a large amount of honey, agave or coconut oil. As much as I prefer raw honey and coconut oil as alternatives, I did not want it to dominate my breakfast cereal. I prefer my granola to be sweetened with natural fruit and vegetable sweeteners. I also prefer it to be packed with seeds and nuts, because not only do they add texture and flavour, they also are a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, vitamins and minerals.
While experimenting with various baked granola recipes, I also tried my hand at raw granola made with sprouting buckwheat and using a dehydrator. This version is truly the healthiest version possible. Made with no added fats and using pureed applesa and dates as sweeteners, I truly loved the concept. However it was time consuming. One batch of granola from soaking and sprouting raw buckwheat to the final dehydrated stage took 3 days! Hence I moved over to baking granola, but I took a few vital ideas from making the raw granola and incorporated it in my baked granola. If you would like to experiment with raw buckwheat granola you can follow this recipe by Sophie from Wholehearted Eats. She has lovely photos up on her blog and a wonderful recipe as well.
Do let me know if you end up trying this recipe for beetroot granola with sesame seeds at home! I would love to know if it has become a part of your daily breakfast routine- like mine! Share your creations on Instagram with the #meghnas and tase me using @meghnas_ so that I can be a part of your health food journey!