Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day and I love mixing it up throughout the week. For me, a filling and enjoyable breakfast is super important for a positive start to my day. I often prepare something the night before if I’m working the next day or, if it’s the weekend, I spend a little longer making up something delicious to begin my day with.
Some of my favourite breakfast options include the following:
Avocado or eggs on rye or sourdough bread
PB on toast or on a bagel
Granola isn’t something I usually opt for and part of the reason for this is because 1. a good granola which includes lots of healthy fats (nuts/seeds) is often expensive. 2. because sometimes the cheaper granola brands have suspicious ingredients in them which act as preservatives. That said, i’ve now created the perfect granola recipe which has turned things around! It’s quick, easy and tastes amazing (yes I have had taste testers 😉 ).
Some people argue that granola’s are high in sugar and whilst I agree to some extent, I don’t feel the need to worry about this, especially if I’m making my own granola which involves natural sugars from honey and maple syrup. I always vary my meals throughout the week and don’t like to demonise food groups or ingredients as essentially, a nice balance of everything (including sugar) is perfectly healthy in my books.
Makes 8-10 bowls
20 mins tops!
2 tbsp coconut oil
2bsp maple syrup
2 tbsp honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
300g rolled oats
50g sunflower seed
50g pumpkin seeds
100g mixed nuts (e.g pistachios, cashew, almonds, walnuts)
100g dried berries/raisins/apricots
50g coconut flakes
. Heat oven to 150C/fan 130C/gas 2. Mix the oil, maple syrup, honey and vanilla in a large bowl. Tip in all the remaining ingredients, except the dried fruit and coconut, and mix well.
. Tip the granola onto two baking sheets and spread evenly. Bake for 15 mins, then mix in the coconut and dried fruit, and bake for 10 mins more (last 5 mins just check to ensure not burning). Remove, cool and store in an air tight container for use within a month.
My Golden Granola is a great basis but feel free to go more adventurous. You could add cinnamon, nutmeg, orange zest or cocoa nibs for example, to help change the flavour. Add yoghurt to the side or make your own chocolate protein yoghurt using protein powder, cocoa powder and greek yoghurt (as pictured). Top with milk, fresh berries and enjoy at home or on the go.
Let me know how you get on!
I hope you enjoy!