I’ve never been much of a breakfast kind of girl, however over the past few months I’ve tried to make a bit more of an effort. I used to drink a juice a day, but it became a little dull and repetitive. Even though it greatly improved the appearance fo my skin (recipe to come soon), I found it really hard to consume on such a regular basis – So for now, I have reduced my juicing to a few times a week. For a while, I moved onto a breakfast of peanut butter on wheat free toast, but soon discovered that the potato starch in the bread was making my skin react a lot worse than any other wheat based products. Disaster! Yes, I’m allergic to potatoes as well as wheat. Gah!
On a mission to get going with a regular morning breakfast routine, I decided that I’d dig deep into my pockets and stocked up on all of the ingredients that I needed to make some Homemade Granola. I’ve never really been tempted to pay for it in the shops, as there is usually one or more ingredients that I don’t like in the packet – Mainly the raisins… so may raisins. I mean who even likes those things? Yuk! Also, the price of granola can be a little steep in places and I’m a bit tight like that you see. Especially when my shopping basket is already so full by the time I’ve made it to the cereal aisle… I’m alway thinking of ways I can make cut backs, without ditching my favourites.
It did cost me quite a bit to get all the ingredients required to make this deliciously tempting homemade granola, but my cupboards were bare and I needed to stock up. Now that I have got everything that I need, it will definitely come in a little cheaper than if I were to buy numerous packets in the shops. More to the point, it will contain all of the ingredients that I like, and not one single little raisin will make it in. Hurrah!
You can make many variations of this homemade granola recipe, but this version worked a treat for me. The trouble is that it’s so delicious that it has become a little dangerous – I just keep going back for more…
You will need: (alternative options in brackets)
3 Cups of rolled oats. (I think a little more for me next time)
1 Cup of pecans ( almonds, pistachios, hazelnuts, or walnuts)
1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/2 a cup of maple syrup (honey or agave)
1/2 cup grapeseed oil
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds ( sunflower seeds)
1 cup chopped dried apricots and cranberries (any dried fruit you like)
1 egg white
1 tsp cinnamon
Super easy instructions…
Turn oven onto 150 c.
Add the oats, nuts, salt, seeds, coconut flakes and cinnamon to a bowl.
Beat the egg white until it’s slightly foamy and add to the dry ingredients along with the grapeseed oil and maple syrup.
Mix it all together until it is well coated.
Spread the mixture onto a tray with a baking sheet and bake for 40-45 mins. Keep an eye on it as all ovens do vary.
Stir part way through.
Breath in the delicious aroma. It’s amazing!
Remove from the oven and allow to cool full before adding the apricots and cranberries or any of the dried fruit you have opted for. Resist the temptation to eat. Put into an airtight jar or container and voila – Your homemade granola recipe is complete…
Serve with milk, yoghurt and fresh fruit. However you take it, just sit back and enjoy.