Immunity boosting home made granola with flax pud 🧡💛🤍
What on Earth is a flax pud?? I hear u ask..
Well if you’ve tried the chia pudding every plantbased foodie is raving about,
this is basically chia seeds’ superfood cousin, and similar to chia pud, flax pud is basically flax seeds mixed with coconut yoghurt, or any yoghurt if you are not following dairy free/vegan lifestyle, and left to set overnight.
I use at least 2 tbsp of milled flaxseeds to 8 tbsp of coconut yoghurt. Quality coconut yoghurt, like the one by the Coconutcollab company, is naturally sweet, but feel free to sweeten your flax pud with a little vanilla flavouring and/or maple syrup. Or even a homemade jam, like raspberry or strawberry one would go well.
Now back to the flax seeds and why I think everyone should include them in their diet...
💛 Flax seeds are considered a superfood for their nutritional profile.
💛 They are high in manganese, copper and potassium. Significantly higher than in chia seeds. As well as other body loving minerals like magnesium, selenium, iron and B vitamins.
💛 Rich source of Lignans, which may reduce the cancer risk
💛 Source of quality plant based protein. So great if you are following vegan lifestyle
💛 Rich in dietary fibre, which helps to keep the bowel movement regular and supports healthy gut.
💛 Flax seeds contribute to lowering the cholesterol and blood pressure
💛 Great source of Omega 3 oils.
Their omega 3 profile is also much higher than that of chia seeds.
And did you know?👍🏻
Omega 3‘s can help to fight depression and anxiety.
So if you are feeling affected by either one, try to eat more foods containing omega 3. As well supplementing with quality omega 3 supplement.
Studies show that people struggling with depression or/and anxiety who increase they intake of these oils have much improved symptoms.
And finally, here’s the immunity boosting granola recipe:
1 1/2 cup of gluten free oats
4 pieces of Brazil nuts (high in selenium which supports immunity)
1 handful of pumpkin seeds ( high in immunity strengthening vitamin E)
1 handful of hazelnuts (Also great source vitamin E)
1 handful of cashew nuts ( Good source of zinc which helps to strengthen the immunity)
2 tsp cinnamon (Rich source of antioxidants like polyphenols and proanthocyanidins which give a boost to immune system. Cinnamon is also natural antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal)
1 1/2 tsp ginger powder (Ginger has a potent antiviral and antibacterial properties, it helps to reduce the inflammation and strengthens the immunity)
3-4 drops of vanilla flavouring
1 tbsp maple/date syrup
1 tsp coconut/olive oil
In a pan melt the oil. Add the oats and cook on low heat for about 15min. Stirring regularly.
Add the spices, the chopped nuts, vanilla flavouring and finally maple/date syrup. Stir well and cook for another couple of minutes to allow the nuts to crisp up.
I don’t recommend baking the nuts as the heat significantly damages their delicate oil (the vitamin E)
Best enjoyed while still warm with flax pud and berries or any fruit of your choice. Or on its own as a healthy crunchy snack.
To make a bigger batch simply double the amounts and use a bigger pan.
The granola keeps well in an airtight container for couple of weeks.
I hope you enjoy this. 😉
Stay safe, healthy & happy.