Looking for the ultimate brain food to kick start your day, then look no further.
Nuts and seeds are a powerful source of healthy fats and proteins, and its the omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants that make the big difference to our brain – making it the perfect food to eat at breakfast.
Hello sharp mind.
Topping the ‘best nut for our brain health’ charts is the humble Walnut. Almonds and Hazelnuts come close, containing a high concentration of Vitamin E believed to potentially reduce cognitive decline. On the seed front you can’t wrong with Linseeds, Sunflower and Pumpkin Seeds, what’s more they’re full of gut loving fibre.
Breakfast is my favourite time of day for stuffing all these goodies in to my body, and a bowl of homemade granola does just the trick.
Here’s my take on a heavenly nut & seed induced granola without the grains – Nutola!
Best served with a big dollop of greek style oat yog and oodles of summer berries, enjoy!
- 100 g Blanched Hazelnuts
- 100 g Blanched Almonds
- 100 g Walnuts
- 50g Sunflower Seeds
- 50 g Pumpkin Seeds
- 25 g Linseed
- 1 Banana, ripe
- 1 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
- 1 1/2 tsp Ground Ginger
- 2 tbsp Cacao Nibs
- 1 tbsp Coconut Oil, melted
- Pre heat the oven to 160F fan assisted/gas mark 4 and line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.
- Place the hazelnuts, almonds and sunflower seeds in a food processor and pulse until the nuts begin to break down being careful not to turn it all in to powder.
- Put the ground seed & nut mixture in a bowl together with the pumpkin seeds.
- Place the rest of the ingredients in the food processor and mix until it becomes a paste.
- Mix the paste together with the seeds and nuts and spread out on to the lined baking tray.
- Place in the oven for 15 mins, then remove and mix being sure to break the larger clusters (this helps crisp the batch evenly).
- Remove from the oven and leave to cool down.
- Grate the zest of one orange, mix to combine and place in Kilner jar until you're ready to enjoy a bowl full.