I know, I know, why make your own granola when it’s quicker and easier to buy it? Because it will CHANGE YOUR LIFE, that’s why!
After years of rolling my eyes every time I heard someone say “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”, I have miraculously become one of those people who rises 10 minutes earlier just to make time for breakfast. That’s right, I am actually willing to miss out on a whole 10 minutes of precious sleep just for breakfast!
I don’t drag my weary-eyed self out of bed for any old bowl of cereal though. Oh no. There is only one thing that makes it all worth it… see where I’m going with this?!
Yep, this gorgeous homemade granola. This is a game changer.
What a delicious way of getting lots of nuts, seeds and dried fruit into your diet. Ok, so the maple syrup helps, but what can I say?! I’m just not one of those people who can work my way through a whole bag of plain sunflower seeds!
What’s even better, by making it yourself, you have complete control over the quality of the ingredients, so you can be sure it is packed full of goodness to keep you feeling great all day long! After all, breakfast IS the most important meal of the day! (See what it’s done to me?! I’ve become a breakfast preacher!!)
Because it’s so easy and keeps really well, you can make a load of this on a Sunday night and your stock will easily last for three whole weeks! Now that’s my kind of homemade breakfast!
For something a little lighter, try sprinkling a handful over light natural yogurt with a splash of strawberry coulis, still yummy, and the granola adds a nice sweetness and crunch to the yogurt.
Or, for something a little naughtier, melt some chocolate and pour it into a flat dish. Cover with a layer of granola about 1 inch thick, then put it in the fridge for an hour – cut it into slices, and you have yourself some super tasty breakfast bars ready to go!
If you prefer your granola with everything clustered together in big chunks, don’t stir the mixture as soon as you take it out of the oven, but let it rest for a little while first and then break it into the perfect sized pieces for you!
- 750g rolled oats
- 50g pistachios
- 100g pecans
- 100g blanched almonds
- 100g mixed seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, sesame)
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 120g soft light brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 150g maple syrup
- 150g apple compote (follow this recipe to make your own)
- zest of 1 orange
- 100g dried apricots, chopped
- 100g raisins
- Preheat the oven to 160C / 320F
- Roughly chop the nuts, then add to a bowl along with the rolled oats, mixed seeds, cinnamon, brown sugar and vanilla extract
- Drizzle over the maple syrup, add the apple compote and orange zest, and stir well
- Spread the mixture out over two large baking trays and place in the oven for about 30 minutes, or until golden brown, stirring every 5-10 minutes to make sure it cooks evenly and does not burn
- Remove from the oven and, while hot, stir in the apricots and raisins
- Store in an airtight container for up to 4 weeks