For some reason, I always says that- granola granola. Or "granooolaaaaa". It's pretty hard to just say "granola". It sounds boring (and has now lost all meaning).
Breakfast is my absolute favourite meal of the day. Seriously, I could eat breakfast and nothing else some days (and some days at uni I probably did do this...). One of my favourite "healthy" breakfasts is yoghurt, granola, and some sort of soft fruit- I absolutely love it.
I wrote "healthy" because, frankly, granola isn't that good for you. As you'll see, it's got lots of sugary things in it. I mean, it's a hell of a lot better for you than cocoa pops or nutella on toast are, but to be honest, everything in moderation (including moderation), and generally speaking, you'll be fine.
Also, this is a ridiculously easy thing to make. Seriously, it's so straightforward, a monkey could do it. Or kids, if you want to get them into a healthier breakfast- they could pick the dried fruits that they like to put in it (NOT that I am comparing kids to monkeys there!), which might encourage them to eat it?! I don't know, I'm not a parent. Just an idea.
Anyways, before I put my foot in it any more, here's the recipe. You can put anything in this, fruit/ nuts wise. And listen to this why you read the recipe/ make this, please. (Robin Thicke- Blurred Lines. It's fun to dance to, but I am not a fan of the video, so just listen, maybe?)
You Will Need:
An oven, a big bowl, spoons, a big sharp knife, a chopping board, scales, baking trays.
200g mixed nuts (I used brazil nuts, hazlenuts, pecans, and almonds- but anything works)
200g porridge oats
100g mixed seeds (I used a four seed mix from Tesco)
1 tsp cinnamon/ mixed spice
3 tbsp runny honey
2 tbsp maple syrup
3 tbsp vegetable oil (I think coconut oil would be an amazing substitution though)
2 tbsp olive oil
150g mixed dried fruit (I used apricots, cranberries, and sultanas)
OK. Start off by chopping your nuts up in whatever way you like. I prefer smaller bits of brazil nut, and roughly chopped hazlenuts, pecans, and almonds, but whole nuts will work too if you can't be bothered....
Mix together your oats, seeds, nuts, and cinnamon in a big bowl. Then add your honey, syrup, and oils, and mix together well- it should be a bit clumpy.
Tip the lot onto two baking trays, spread out so it's not all piled in the middle, then bake at 180C for 10 minutes. Take it out, stir it around a bit, then put it back in for another 10 minutes. Then repeat, until it's all golden brown and yummy smelling.
(Quick tip- when baking anything, the moment you can properly smell it in the kitchen, check it- it's probably nearly done)
You can vary this really easily with the types of nut/ fruit you use- I think in the winter, dried apple, pear, and cranberry would be lovely, and in the summer, mango, pineapple, and banana chips would be great.