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Healthy Granola

This recipe is sugar-free so ideal for those avoiding sugar. It uses Xylitol in place of sugar which is a naturally sweet food but which is actually kind to teeth so this is an excellent choice for children. It is taken from the book "Smart Food for Smart Kids" by Patrick Holford and Fiona MacDonald Joyce, which I thoroughly recommend.

1 tbsp coconut oil (especially good for getting rid of intestinal yeast), olive oil or butter
1 tbsp xylitol
50g/2oz whole oatflakes
1 tbsp flaked almonds
1 tbsp hazelnuts, roughly chopped
1 tbsp pumpkin seeds
1 tbsp ground almonds

1. Gently melt the oil or butter in a frying pan with the xylitol, add the oatflakes and stir for 3 minutes, until they start to go golden and crisp up slightly.
2. Add the flaked almonds and hazelnuts, stir gently for a further 2 minutes.
3. Remove from the heat and stir in the pumpkin seeds and ground almonds.

Serve with probiotic plain yoghurt and some berries for a delicious and nourishing breakfast, packed full of essential fats and antioxidants.

Banana, Oat and Tahini Smoothie

This is totally delicious. My kids loved it. It's a really nourishing breakfast or after school snack, full of calcium, magnesium and essential fatty acids. The oats are cholesterol-lowering and contain B1, manganese, selenium, phosphorus, beta-glucans and phyto-oestrogens, so great for your immune system.

2 bananas
1 cup calcium-enriched rice/oat/coconut milk
1/4 cup water
4 tbs ground raw oats
3 tbs ground golden linseeds
3 tbs tahini
1/2 cup berries (optional)

Blend it all together.  Add rice milk if you don't like it too thick.  Makes about 2 medium servings.