Purple Carrot, Apple & Walnut Granola

Many people love granola but don’t realise it can be savoury as well as sweet, or a mixture.   Particuarly in the autumn there is something about the combination of baked apples, walnuts and oats, I could eat this every day ….

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Low Sugar

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Vegan

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2 of 5 A-Day

Purple Carrot, Apple & Walnut Granola

Servings:

3

Ready In:

40 – 50 mins

Good For:

Lunch

About this Recipe

Lovely with some salad leaves (drizzled with raw apple cider vinegar), and a blob of cream cheese (vegan or dairy).

Note— the oats won’t go crispy or clumped as in a traditional granola.  To achieve this, mix them 1st with a little extra oil and 1 egg white or vegan alternative, until they clump, place them on top of all the other ingredients instead of mixed in.  Should crisp up more on cooling.

Ingredients

  • 3 carrots, chopped into small chunks
  • 3 apples, cored (but not peeled) and cut into large chunks or thin slices
  • 2 tbsp cold pressed rape seed oil
  • 1 tbsp raw apple cider vinegar
  • 150g jumbo oats (GF)
  • 3 tbsp broken up walnuts
  • 1 tbsp sunflower seeds
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tbsp ground linseeds
  • Ground black pepper

5 minutes preparation

Method

1. Heat oven to 180 / 160 fan

2. Drizzle the oil into a baking tray (at least 24 x 24cm, bigger is fine)

3. Heat the oil in the tray whilst you chop the carrots

4. Bake the carrots for 10 minutes

5. Add all the other ingredients and mix well.  Bake for 25 mins, stirring halfway.  

Health Benefits

Apples  Thought to be great for the gut & aid digestion, reducing cholesterol, helping with cancer prevention,  appetite control & the immune system.
Carrots – Eat them for your eyes, gut (unpeeled), for boosting immunity, reducing inflammation, lowering cholesterol.  Also good for the skin (though too many can literally turn you orange!)
Walnuts – if you only eat 1 type of nuts, eat walnuts!   These stars of the nut world are said to be good for your brain, gut, weight, cells, skin, heart, blood, immune system.

Oats are higher in protein and healthy fats than most other grains, & rich in many vitamins.  Eat them for your heart, your gut, your bones, your brain.  They are filling, so great for weight control & slowly releasing energy.

Sunflower seeds – Research shows these are great for  improving skin, eyesight & nails.  Wonderful source of good fats, protein and nutrients. Sprouting them makes the easier to digest & boosts nutrients further.

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