The most important meal of the day
You know that old adage, breakfast is the most important meal of the day? Well for me that wasn’t always true. As a kid I used to hate eating breakfast. My poor mother was at her wits end trying to convince me to eat something before school every morning. Threatening, bribery, pleading…nothing seemed to work. Simply because I wasn’t hungry. I am a firm believer that eating should be done in tune with your body, meaning eat when you’re hungry, not when you think you have to. Yes, it’s true I do get days (very few mind you) that I forget to eat a meal or I simply don’t feel hungry where I have to force myself to eat something but in most cases I can trust my body to tell me if and when I need nourishment.
You’ve got some growing up to do
As an adult I am a bit better about starting my mornings right. I often start my morning with a cup of coffee and as soon as that wakes me up I always start getting peckish. The problem is that I tend to crave sweet things in the morning. I’d forgo a bowl of sugarless oats for a chocolate croissant any day of the week, I mean, who wouldn’t? But as I am an adult (most of the time at least) I try to make my decisions a little bit healthier. Therefor I came up with this surprisingly easy granola recipe. I like to have it with plain Greek yogurt to make up for the sugar added to the granola recipe. You can also add some dried fruit after the granola has cooled for a fruitier flavour.
Coco-nutty vanilla granola
Coconut and nut granola
Crisp and crunchy coconut and mixed nut muesli with a vanilla honey flavour.
- 45 ml coconut oil
- 60 ml honey
- 45 ml brown sugar
- 2 cups oats rolled
- 1/2 cup coconut flaked
- 1/4 cup hazelnuts raw, unsalted, halved
- 1/4 cup almonds raw, unsalted, halved
- 5 ml vanilla essence
Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with baking paper. Preheat the oven to 160°C.
In a small saucepan combine the coconut oil, honey and brown sugar and melt over a low heat.
Stir until all the sugar is dissolved and the mixture starts coming together.
Remove the mixture from the heat and carefully add the vanilla essence stirring quickly. Be careful, this mixture might bubble.
Mix together the oats, nuts and coconut in a mixing bowl.
Pour the sweetened coconut oil over the the oat and nut mixture and stir well making sure all the ingredients are covered.
Spread the mixture evenly on the baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Turn the baking sheet once or twice during the baking time.
After removing the granola from the oven allow it to cool for 10 minutes. Then carefully break it up into chunks of your desired size.
You can add some raisins, cranberries or even coco nibs to the granola after it has cooled down to give it an extra boost of flavour.
Not in the mood for muesli? Why not make these super easy banana pancakes?