If you’ve read any of my previous posts you know I’m a HUGE breakfast girl! Weekend brunches are my favorite way to flex my breakfast muscles and Chicago, where I live, has so many options!
Unfortunately, one of the downsides of my occupation as an educator is that I have no time to enjoy breakfast during the week—my school day starts early! It’s not unusual for me to down a quick breakfast at work while simultaneously taking attendance, checking homework, and trying to finish my coffee before it gets cold.
For that reason an elaborate sweet potato hash is out of the question! However, being the breakfast girl I am, I like to constantly change up my weekday eating routine to keep things interesting and satisfy my cravings. This is one of my favorite recipes for hectic mornings. My grain-free granola is the perfect, on-the-go breakfast and also makes a yummy afternoon snack! This granola is so good that it can be eaten by the handful, like a cereal with some almond milk, or mixed in to a good vanilla yogurt with some blueberries. I have even been gifting it in cute mason jars to friends and family.
While I can’t give up dairy completely, with type 1 diabetes grain-free is always a good way to go because when a food is grain free it's typicallylower in carbohydrates and higher in protein, thus better for blood sugar.
Not only is this recipe low in carbohydrates and high in protein but it boasts a TON of good for you ingredients! The almonds alone have some amazing benefits. Almonds have shown to decrease cholesterol levels and contain very high levels of Vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps fight the damaging effects of free radicals. Almonds are also a good source of fiber which also make up for the lack of whole grains in this recipe. (Note: Whole grains are an excellent source of fiber.)
Another true superstar in this line up is hemp seeds. While they are fairly undetectable in the taste and texture of this granola, they do the body good! Hemp seeds are a healthy, plant-based fat source containing both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Omega-3's are typically found in foods like salmon and avocados. Omega-3 fatty acids can lower your risk for heart disease and diets rich in these fats can help curb inflammation in the body as well as joint stiffness. They also support brain health. Omega-6's aid in healthy skin, hair, and bone growth. By the way, hemp is a better source of plant-based protein than either flax or chia seeds.
This recipe is sweetened with honey and has a hint of coconut from the coconut oil and unsweetened coconut flakes. Honey, too, adds sweetness and is one of my favorite ways to sweeten food without adding a lot of extra calories. While the heart benefits of coconut oil are much debated, some research suggests it can increase the good cholesterol in your body (HDL).
This recipe also includes other ingredients that together work to decrease insulin resistance—pepitas, sesame seeds, chia seeds, and cinnamon. This grain-free granola is too good not to try!
Click here for my Grain-free Granola recipe.