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Super spiced puffed quinoa granola

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Cook Time
20 minutes

In my last article, I looked at some of the pains you may experience during the perimenopause as a result of fluctuating oestrogen levels and a natural increase in systemic inflammation. Fortunately, it is possible to manage and reduce these pains by lowering levels of inflammation in the body and the Mediterranean diet has a huge body of evidence behind it for its effectiveness in doing just that. The Mediterranean diet is based around the consumption of predominantly plant-based foods – think wholegrains, pulses, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds and nut and seed oils - which is why my super spiced quinoa granola is a great alternative to your usual breakfast cereal.

Cereal is a fab option first thing in the morning because it is light and takes minutes to prepare, but most shop-bought cereals are jam-packed with sugar. When sugar is over-consumed, over time this can result in insulin resistance and exacerbate inflammation (to read more about the effects of sugar, click here LINK TO SUGAR ARTICLE). My super spiced granola is low in sugar but high in fibre, which can also help to control inflammation. Not to mention - it’s crammed with those Med-diet loving nuts, seeds and wholegrains! I’ve also included ground ginger as an additional anti-inflammatory, flavour-boosting ingredient.


  • 50g puffed quinoa
  • 200g mixed nuts
  • 30g raisins
  • 50g desiccated coconut
  • 50g ground almond
  • 30g pumpkin seeds
  • 30g sesame seeds
  • 4 tbsp orange juice
  • 1-2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1tsp nutmeg


All you do:

  1. Preheat oven to 150C
  2. Mix all the ingredients together 
  3. Spread evenly across a baking tray
  4. Bake for 15 minutes or until browned. Be sure to watch it because it can go from slightly under-baked to burnt in a minute or two
  5. Leave to cool and dry out on the tray. Once completely cooled, store in airtight jar



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