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Chocolate Granola Baked Apples

Granola is one of those foods that I could easily eat quite a lot of, though I tend to not eat it as a cereal but add it to dishes. I love the crunchiness and the variety it gives to transform your simple fruit and yoghurt into something more exciting. However granola is usually high in sugars and the amount of fruit, nuts and seeds is surprisingly low. If you have the time you could of course make your own, but you have to watch it carefully when it bakes. With my current tribe of small people I would be sure to burn it! 

So I was most delighted to be sent a pack of granola to try out, especially when it was chocolate granola. Such a hard life. 

Lizi’s granola is something I’ve recommended to some clients in the past due to it’s low sugar content and low glycaemic load (GL). The GL is a measure of how much a portion of a food affects your blood sugars. The GL for this granola is 6.6 for a 50g serving. Generally a low GL foods is one under 10 and you want to keep your GL to under 100 per day. So this granola is definitely a good option if you want a not too sweet, crunchy hit with a chocolately taste. It uses dark chocolate (which I love), some may say there is the added benefit of polyphenols and antioxidants but at only 5% dark belgium chocolate you won’t be getting much per 50g serving.

Here is how we enjoyed the granola – baked apples with chocolate granola. Instantly renamed big gruffalo crumble by the toddler boy. He calls any fruit crumble a gruffalo crumble, completely my fault for starting that one. 

“Now my tummy’s beginning to rumble, my favourite food is gruffalo crumble”

Chocolate Granola Baked Apples
Serves 4
A quick, simple dessert that is great to perk up your midweek meals.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
166 calories
32 g
8 g
5 g
2 g
2 g
196 g
4 g
22 g
0 g
2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
196g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 166
Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g
8%
Saturated Fat 2g
11%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 8mg
3%
Sodium 4mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 32g
11%
Dietary Fiber 5g
21%
Sugars 22g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
4%
Vitamin C
14%
Calcium
2%
Iron
3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 4 apples
  2. 4 tsp raisins
  3. 4 tbsp granola
  4. 1 tbsp butter
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 5
  2. Cut the apples in half and cut out the core, this will leave a hole you can now fill.
  3. Fill the apples with the raisins, dot with a little butter and press the granola over the top.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes.
  5. Serve with Greek yoghurt if wanted.
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calories
166
fat
5g
protein
2g
carbs
32g
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Dietitian UK https://www.dietitianuk.co.uk/
 Disclaimer: This granola was sent to me to review, this is not a dietetic endorsment but simply my own views on it. 

 

 

Homemade Yoghurt and Fruit Parfait

Want a Sundae that isn’t just reserved for Sundays? I’ve got it covered. 

My kids usually have fruit and yoghurt for dessert. That’s about as exciting as it gets round here. Now everyone likes a little change now and again and this is how we keep things lively.

Some days I just chop a pile of fruit and stick in with the yoghurt, I’ll be honest, these are usually my “tired mummy” moments. On days when we need more inspiring desserts I get a pile of ingredients out for decorative dessert time.

My kids love to layer fresh fruit, yoghurt, dried fruit, nuts and granola for a “make your own sundae”. I have some stackable tubs that I fill with ingredients. They love to unpack them and make their own creation. Sometimes we do layers….

Dietitian UK: Yoghurt Parfait
Dietitian UK: Make your own Yoghurt Parfait, perfect for children’s desserts.

Sometimes we make “yoghurt cakes” where it all gets mixed together….

Sometimes we just make a mess…. I’ll be honest, mainly we make a mess.

Great Ingredients to try this with:

Low sugar granola (we like Lizi’s)

Rolled Oats

Whole Almonds, walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts

Sliced/Chopped/Flaked nuts 

Sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds

Left over ends of flapjack (or is that just my house)

A selection of dried fruit (put out a couple of types and vary it each time)

Fresh fruit

Frozen fruit for that “ice-cream” feel and to have out of season fruit all year round

Homemade Banana ice cream

Dry cereal

 

Dessicated coconut

Stewed fruit

Pancakes

 

Do you have any other good additions? Let me know so I can add them to my list 🙂