Indulgent Berry, Chia + Vanilla Yoghurt Granola

This autumn, I’m berry mad about berries and cinnamon! (I had to guys, I had to be corny).

Sometimes porridge every morning becomes boring, that’s why I decided to switch it up and make something crunchy, sweet and delicious!

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Courtesy of Flickr: liz west

The benefits of berries are endless, here are some, just to name a few:

  • Blueberries and blackberries are packed with antioxidants, which are particularly beneficial in fighting the prevalence of heart-related diseases. Think red fruits = great for heart health,
  • Berries such as strawberries and blackberries are full of vitamin-enriched antioxidants. Strawberries in particular have a great fibre, potassium, vitamin C, B and K content.
  • Blackberries have a high pectin content. Pectin is a plant sugar-fibre, that’s primarily found in plant walls. Many studies have found that pectin can help reduce cholesterol and reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

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So, even if you decide not to try this out (you’re crazy but whatever…), add a couple of berries to your morning smoothies, porridge, cereals, heck, whatever you have in the morning! Your body will thank you for it!

Check out the recipe down below if you’re not crazy!

Ingredients

  • Granola or trail mix 
  • Greek yoghurt/Kefir/Yoghurt style products
  • Vanilla extract 
  • Fresh or frozen mix berries
  • Chia seeds 
  • Honey – optional 

Recipe

  • Strain yoghurt using a muslin/cheesecloth overnight. This is only if you want a particularly creamy yoghurt (Skip this step if you’re not too bothered and are pressed for time). 
  • You can also do this using a paper towel, here’s a link I found explaining how to do this.  This is best done overnight. 
  • Add 2-3 drops of vanilla extract to your strained yoghurt, 
  • Sprinkle a heaped teaspoon of chia seeds to yoghurt
  • Scoop a few heaped tablespoons of your yoghurt+chia mixture into a bowl
  • Top with granola. TIP: heat the dried granola for a few seconds in the microwave with a sprinkling of cinnamon- YOU ARE WELCOME…
  • Add berries and squeeze some honey or sprinkle some coconut sugar
  • DEVOUR!

If I had the time to do this every night and morning/then I would!

With berry love, 

Nahla.

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