I’ve never been a big at-home-breakfast kinda girl. If I ate before leaving the house it would be a piece of nutella toast or two weetbix. But the times, they are a changin and so to must (some of) my eating habits. As I haven’t been able to squeeze any more time into my mornings I knew I would need to figure out a breakfast that was quick and easy to assemble. Unfortunately that meant I had to say goodbye to my fantasy of pancakes and crispy bacon 🙁 the natural replacement would have to be cereal.
If you’ve looked down the cereal aisle of the supermarket recently you might have noticed several things.
1. the number of cereals that have sugar as ingredient #1 or 2 in their list. A big bowl of sugar disguised as cereal is not exactly what I consider the best way to start the day
2. the sizes are are wildly out of proportion for a single person’s breakfast supplies. Either they are tiny tiny bags (accompanied by wildly inflated prices) which will require repurchasing within days, or they are massive boxes which I will never get through
3. the prices for anything that looks any good are ridiculously high. What is wrong with the world when the healthier the food the more expensive it is? How will that help anybody?
So the decision was made for me that I would have to make my own. Strangely enough, I already had all the ingredients necessary!
Some vegetable oil, vanilla essence, honey and maple syrup
plus an assortment of nuts, seeds and dried fruits
And the method really couldn’t be easier. Whack on the oven, mix together your wet ingredients
mix in everything except for the coconut and fruit
spread out on two drays and cook in the oven for 15 mins
mix in your dried fruit and coconut, spread on two trays again and bake for another 10-15 mins until golden
cool, and eat with milk or yoghurt!
The best thing about this recipe is that you can really add or subtract ingredients according to what you like or what you have on hand. You can also adjust the sweetness or substitute the maple syrup for something healthier (but why would you?)
I started off with this recipe but I think I adapted it enough that the recipe im going to post below I will call my own.
Katies’ Granola of Greatness
2 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tbsp honey
1 tsp vanilla essence
125 ml (plus extra as needed) maple syrup
a sprinkle of cinnamon
300g rolled oats
50g sunflower seeds
4 tbsp Linseed kernels
50g slivered almonds
4 generous dessert spoons wheatgerm
50 desiccated coconut (you could use coconut flakes but I didn’t have any)
roughly 5 chopped up dried pears
roughly 5 chopped up dried peaches
1. Mix together your wet ingredients in a large bowl
2. Add everything except the dried fruit and coconut and mix well until all the ingredients are coated in your maple mix
3. If the ingredients look too dry, add another slug of maple syrup and mix well
4. sprinkle a little cinnamon (perhaps around 1/2 – 1 tsp depending on your taste) over the top and mix well
5. divide mixture between two trays covered with baking paper. Smooth in an even layer and bake at 150 degrees celsius for 15 mins or until lightly golden
6. Place mixture back into a large bowl and add the coconut and dried fruit, mix well
7. Spread mixture on trays again and bake for a further 10-15 mins or until golden. You might want to stir the mixture after 5 minutes to make sure it is cooking evenly
8. cool, then store in an airtight container.
9. serve with milk or sprinkled over yoghurt
So, my lovelies, what do you like to have for breakfast? Anything fancy? And if you do have something labour intensive, how on earth do you find the time?!