Nicole Freebairn, Qualified Nutritionist at CHS store Tonic Health in Hamilton
shares her favourite summer Mānuka Honey breakfast recipes.
Blueberry + Mānuka Honey Smoothie Bowl
1 banana, frozen
¾ C frozen blueberries
½ tsp Mānuka honey
1 tbsp chia seeds
2 heaped tbsp coconut yoghurt
½ C unsweetened almond or coconut milk
Combine all of the ingredients in a high powered blender, until a smooth but thick mix is formed. Pour into a bowl and serve with your favourite toppings.
Mānuka Honey Granola Clusters
1 ½ C rolled oats
1 C shredded coconut
½ C raw almonds, roughly chopped
½ C raw cashews, roughly chopped
½ tsp ground cinnamon
Pinch of salt
½ C coconut oil
2 heaped tbsp Mānuka honey
1 tsp vanilla essence
Preheat oven to 170 degrees celsius. Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix. In a small pot, add the coconut oil and Mānuka honey. Stir over low heat until the coconut oil is melted and the mixture is well combined. Take off the heat, stir in the vanilla then pour the coconut mixture over the dry ingredients. Mix until everything is well coated.
Line an oven tray with baking paper and spread out the granola mix in an even layer (about 1-2cm thick). Bake for 15 minutes and then turn around in the oven and bake for a further 10 minutes. Do not mix the granola while it is cooking, as this will disrupt the cluster formation. Watch carefully that it doesn’t burn. It’s ready when it’s golden and smells fragrant.
Remove from the oven and leave to cool. This is the crucial time for forming clusters so do not touch it while it is cooling. When the granola is dry, break apart into clusters. Store in an airtight container for up to a week.
Nutritional benefits of Mānuka Honey
- Unlike other varieties, mānuka honey contains a unique antibacterial compound known as methylgloxyl (MGO) which has been shown to be particularly beneficial in healing wounds and infections.
- Active Mānuka honey with a higher MGO rating is used in hospitals worldwide as a dressing for skin wounds.
- Some evidence suggests that when taken internally, active Mānuka honey is effective in fighting bacterial infections, particularly Helicobactor pylori infections in the stomach.
- Rising in popularity as a treatment in cases of antibiotic resistance.
- Mānuka honey has a lower GI than sugar and could be used as a sweetener alternative.