Healthy Homemade Granola

healthy_homemade_granola_parfaitThere are two kinds of people in this world…

…morning people and people who hate morning people – and I definitely fall into the latter of those two categories! For me, breakfast and coffee must come before all else, otherwise I cannot be held responsible for my actions.

However, breakfast is one of those meals that I always “get through” without much thought. Am I hungry? Yes. What’s in the cupboard and can be inside my belly in the shortest amount of time? That my friends is about as complex and exciting as my breakfast planning gets.

healthy_homemade_granola_bakedAs a result, I suffer a huge dose of breakfast envy every morning when I open social media. Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, is proudly broadcasting their “Nigella Lawson ain’t got nothing on me” photos, that are slavered with orgasmically intricate oatmeal bakes, perfectly stacked pancakes oozing with syrup, crisp slices of bacon you can almost smell, and rainbow coloured fresh fruit salads drizzled in homemade yoghurt – I mean for goodness sakes, who on earth has time to make yoghurt? Isn’t that what Yoplait is for?!

So should I be putting more effort into my most important meal of the day? Most definitely! But, not being a morning person, how am I ever going to break that boring breakfast barrier?

las_gaviotas_granolaThe answer came to me during my girls vacay in Mexico last week, when I was greeted by a cheery Leslie with what can only be described as the David Beckham of breakfasts: her homemade crunchy granola sprinkled over greek yoghurt, honey and fresh berries. Not only was this one of the most delicious breakfasts I’ve ever eaten, but it was a healthy breakfast too – bingo!

After some pestering and arm twisting, Leslie agreed to share her recipe with us – thanks Leslie! It’s a quick and easy breakfast recipe that makes up a large jar of the tastiest, crunchiest granola and will last for many breakfasts to come. I love to recreate Leslie’s breakfast parfaits (with greek yoghurt, honey and berries), but it is equally delicious served with a splash of cold milk.

healthy_homemade_granola_closeupThis recipe is also great for those of you who like to experiment. For a more savoury granola try adding some sea salt, soy sauce, miso, crisps (potato chips), or pretzels. If you think you can handle a little heat in the morning, why not try a spicy granola by adding chili powder, paprika, curry powder, hot sauce, or harissa?

To make Leslie’s Healthy Homemade Granola, first pre-heat the oven to 350ºF (180ºC).

Then, on a rimmed baking sheet, toss the oats, almonds, coconut and pepitas with the maple syrup, oil and salt.

healthy_homemade_granola_mixturePlace the tray in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, tossing once, until it turns all golden, crisp and delicious. If you want to add dried fruit, do so now and toss to combine – I’m not so keen on this ingredient so left it out of mine.

healthy_homemade_granola_bowlOnce the granola has cooled, place it in an airtight container to store – and that’s it folks! A delicious, healthy, instagram-worthy breakfast is all yours. Now wasn’t that easy?!

To make my granola I used a USA Pan® Baking Tray and my favourite Tovolo Elements Silicone Spatula. You can buy the Tovolo Spatula from the Arugula & Rocket Store.

Healthy Homemade Granola

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Ingredients:

4 Cups Old Fashioned Rolled Oats

1 Cup Sliced Almonds
½ Cup Unsweetened Coconut
¼ Cup Unsalted Pepitas or Sunflower Seeds
½ Cup Pure Maple Syrup
2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
½ Tsp Kosher Salt (Optional)
1 Cup Dried Fruit (Optional)

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350ºF (180ºC).

On a rimmed baking sheet, toss the oats, almonds, coconut and pepitas with the maple syrup, oil and salt.

Bake for 25-30 minutes, tossing once, until golden and crisp.

Add the dried fruit, if using, and toss to combine. Leave to cool. 

Store in an airtight container.

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