Chocolate Buckwheat Granola

Chocolate buckwheat

During the week because my working hours are 11:00am till 20:30pm, I do my exercise first thing in the morning. And by first, I mean first. So I usually prepare my gym bag and breakfast the night before. I love just grabbing a banana, some peanut butter and a hot cup of bullet proof coffee from this amazing place in London called planet organic.  However another deliciously healthy option is granola. This recipe helps me get so many nutrients into one meal; protein from the Buckwheat and Chia seeds, anti-oxidants from the cacao powder and good fats from the coconut oil and milk.

If you’ve never heard of Buckwheat before it’s not what it sounds like. It’s not wheat at all. It’s not even a grain. Its the fruit seed of a plant similar to rhubarb and contains protein and all essential amino acids. It also contains magnesium which is a mineral with a pleasant muscle-relaxing effect, bonus!

Everyone loves granola but the boxes you can buy in supermarkets may contain secret ingredients and secret ingredients are’nt usually very good for you. So I make my own and take it in with me to work. You can take milk in with you too or add it the night before. If you add it the night before the granola will turn amazingly gooey and the milk will taste chocolatley, just like coco pops used to when you were a kid.

Ingredients:
3 cups of oats
1 cup of buckwheat
1 cup of walnuts
1/2 cup of coconut oil
1/2 cup of agave syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp cacao powder
1/4 cup of chia seeds
1/2 cup of rasins
1/2 cup go goji berries

Method:
Pre heat the oven to 180 degrees. In a mixing bowl pour the oats, buckwheat, chia seeds and chopped walnuts (I usually pulse these in the food processor but if you don’t want the extra washing up then just chop them with a knife). In a pan on a low heat, melt the coconut oil, agave syrup and vanilla extract. Once it has melted take it off the heat and add the 2tbsp of cacao powder. Stir until smooth. Pour the liquid over the dry ingredients and fold until all the dry ingredients are covered. Put in the oven for 30 minutes. Stir every 5-10 minutes so nothing burns. Add the goji berries and raisins.

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