Did you know I love breakfast?
If you didn’t, then you probably haven’t had chance to read my Places to Eat in Dublin – Breakfast Edit post, where I gush over how great breakfast is.
Well, it is.
And if I don’t fancy a warm bowl of sticky porridge oats and fruit, or fluffy gluten free banana pancakes, or a spinach, avocado and banana smoothie, or poached eggs and asparagus tips… then I’m quite partial to a good bowl of wholesome granola swimming in ice cold milk.
For years I was eating shop bought granola, you know the ones with sweet and moreish clusters hiding amongst dried fruit and nuts? The ones that are laced with sugar and all that bad stuff I have been trying to avoid? Yup, I was that addicted I used to have a bowl for breakfast and supper. It wasn’t until I accidentally timed myself eating a bowl and it came to 13 minutes that I considered maybe I was eating too much.
And then when I started my 5 weeks to sugar free diet, it was brought to my attention how much c**p was in most of these shop bought granolas.
I couldn’t ditch this breakfast favourite completely, so I decided to make my own. It was so easy to do and the results were perfect – not only was it just as, if not more, yummy than my shop bought alternative, it was healthy and I knew everything that was in it.
And the great thing about this super easy and healthy recipe for homemade granola is that you can make it your own – substitute the nuts and fruits I use for your favourites, or even make some oat clusters and them to the bowl!
Healthy Homemade Granola
- 200g oats
- 150g nuts – I usually combine two types, like almonds, pecans or hazelnuts
- 50g desiccated coconut / coconut flakes
- 5 tablespoons seeds – like linseed, flax, sunflower, pumpkin
- 100g raisins, or other dried fruit of your choice
- 3 tbsp coconut oil
- 3 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 egg white (optional but helps bind the granola which is nice, especially if you want clusters)
- Preheat your oven to 150C/130C fan
- Blitz the nuts in a food processor for around 45 seconds or until they have broken up slightly
- In a large mixing bowl, mix together the oats, crushed nuts, coconut and seeds until thoroughly combined
- In a pan, on a low-medium heat, melt the coconut oil with the maple syrup until it has completely dissolved, then pour over the dry mixture
- Make sure all the dry ingredients in the bowl have been covered by the sticky, sweet maple syrup and coconut oil mixture
- If you’re using the egg white, whisk until frothy and then pour into the mixture – thoroughly combing it all again
- Pour the granola into a baking tray, and make sure it is spread out evenly
- This can now be baked in the oven for around 45 minutes, or until it is lightly browned and crunchy. Make sure you stir halfway through to avoid the granola from catching and burning
- Remove from the oven and add the raisins/dried fruit once it has cooled
- Serve with lashings of ice cold milk, and store in an airtight container
The maple syrup makes it so lovely and sweet, without tasting artificial! The combination of fragrant maple nuts, the subtle hints of coconut, sweet chewy fruit and the crunch from the seeds makes this a delicious and healthy breakfast to start your day!