I never used to be a breakfast person. I just don’t feel like eating much first thing in the morning. But…if I don’t eat anything for breakfast, I am starving by 10am and want to eat all the sweet treats for morning tea!
So, my solution is to have breakfast-on-the-run, taking it with me to have on the way to work. And one of my faves is granola with yoghurt and berries. For years we just bought pre-made packet granola from the supermarket. And then my husband Clive decided to try making it. After much experimentation, he has come up with a recipe for, in my opinion, the perfect granola. And with much less sugar than store-bought granola. Crunchy, nutty and delicious!
This granola also makes a yummy snack eaten by the handful!
Crunchy nutty homemade granola
- 3 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup coconut flakes
- 1 cup pecans
- 1 cup almonds
- 3/4 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- 3 tbsp sesame seeds
- 2 tbsp white chia seeds
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp mixed spice
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup rice malt syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 egg white
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup dried blueberries
Mix all dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
Combine coconut oil, rice malt syrup and vanilla extract in a microwave proof bowl or jug. Microwave on high until runny but not hot (around 30 to 60 seconds depending on how warm it is in your kitchen).
Add melted coconut oil, rice malt syrup and vanilla extract mixture to dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.
Beat egg white in a small bowl until frothy. Add egg white to the other ingredients and mix thoroughly.
Spread onto baking trays lined with baking paper.
Bake in oven at 150 degrees Celsius for around 40 minutes, until light golden brown.
Allow granola to cool on trays.
Break granola into clusters. Mix in dried fruit and store in airtight container for up to one week.
Enjoy served with greek yoghurt and berries.
We’ve tried a few alternatives but this one is our fave! Another delicious option is replacing the cinnamon and mixed spice with 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg, adding the rind from one orange and replacing the pecans with pistachios. But really, the possibilities are endless!
Let me know if you try it! I hope you like it as much as we do.