This Healthy Seed Granola uses four different types of seeds - flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and sesame seeds. Get the benefit of all these nutritional powerhouse seeds!
This past weekend, I hosted a pop-up brunch at our flat and it was an amazing experience. As fun as it is posting and sharing recipes with you all on this site, this was a way to bring my worktop to life!
There's nothing better than serving a group of food lovers the recipes I've worked hard to perfect - including this Healthy Seed Granola. I'll confess it was a lot of work, but I loved every moment of it - from the preparation that started days before to when the last plate was put back in the cupboard.
Once the event started, I forgot that I had stayed up until 1 AM the night before ironing linens, or the fact that I had woken up at 7 AM to start preparing (the Cavolo Nero Kale Salad needs to rest before serving, for the lemon vinaigrette to work its magic). We had an incredibly fun group of people over, and although I was busy cooking and serving, there were a lot of good laughs and conversations around the table.
If you're curious, here's the seven-course brunch menu that I served and some tips and tricks for hosting a pop-up brunch. Today though, I'd like to share the recipe for the Healthy Seed Granola from the brunch menu. This was one of the light "appetizer" for the multi-course brunch, and I served it on top of Greek yogurt and a Spiced Berry Compote.
Photo by Laurie Wang
This Healthy Seed Granola has four different types of seeds - pumpkin seeds, flaxseeds (linseeds), sunflower seeds and sesame seeds. Seeds are powerful little things - they are packed with nutrients like protein, fiber, iron, vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids. The four seeds I used in this granola fall within the top 10 healthiest seeds. You can mix and match and throw in different seeds in this recipe, but I love how these particular seeds mix together.
We ended up with a big jar of this Healthy Seed Granola after the pop-up brunch - just another benefit you get as a host. Leftovers! :) But even when we are on our own, we always keep a jar stashed away in the cupboard because it makes for a quick and filling breakfast, or even a healthy snack in the afternoons.
Healthy Seed Granola Healthy Seed Granola (Vegan, GF)Print Recipe
- ¼ cup sugar (you can reduce the amount of sugar by half, as desired)
- ¼ cup honey (use maple syrup for vegan)
- 2 tablespoons light flavored oil (such as sunflower oil)
- 2 cups old fashioned oats (jumbo rolled oats) (use a GF variety)
- ¼ cup plus 1 tablespoons sunflower seeds
- 3 tablespoons sesame seeds
- 2 ½ tablespoons flaxseeds (linseeds)
- 2 ½ tablespoons pumpkin seeds
- ½ cup sliced almonds (flaked almonds)
- Preheat the oven to 300°F / 150°C.
- Add the sugar, honey, and oil in a small saucepan, and place over low heat until the sugar is completely dissolved. Stir occasionally.
- While the sugar is dissolving, in a large bowl, mix together everything else.
- Once the sugar mixture is completely dissolved, slowly pour it over the oat mixture, stirring until the oat mixture is completely and evenly covered.
- Pour the granola onto 1 large roasting tray, and distribute it evenly. Bake for 25-30 minutes, then stir the granola. Bake for an additional 20-25 minutes, until the granola is a pale golden brown. The granola will harden completely once it is cool.
- Set granola aside to cool completely on the pan before storing in airtight containers.