I am the type of person that will try all the granolas at the grocery store just to find that perfect one. I have one favourite that I will always buy, Love Crunch. It comes in quite a few flavours but my favourites are the red berries, coconut and cashew cinnamon ones (which ALL come with chocolate chunks.) Perhaps it's the idea of eating chocolate at breakfast that brings me back to my childhood and the sugary cereals you would get when you stayed at hotels on family holidays or maybe it's my love of chocolate. But having that little bite of chocolate mixed in with a healthy granola is my favourite thing in the morning. I have a sweet tooth, which I'm sure you can tell from all the baking I do but I like it in moderation. A typical morning for me is green tea, half a grapefruit and either Love Crunch, homemade granola or overnight oats with chia, hemp and flax seeds and almond milk. I am always very hungry when I wake up and breakfast is by far my favourite meal of the day.
After trying lots of different recipes for homemade granola and in the end making our own, my mum and I (more her than me) has really perfected this recipe. It's simple and fast and the results taste great however you like to eat your granola. Add fruit, milk or yogurt to it or even take it in a tupperware as a snack for the day. Any way you have it you'll be sure to enjoy it. So next time you find yourself struggling with what to eat in the morning, try making my mum's famous homemade granola! Read below for the recipe and directions.
- 2-3 tbsp oil (to coat pan)
- 3 cups oats
- 1-2 cups of seeds, nuts, coconut (whatever you like)
- 1/2 cup dried fruit, chocolate chips (if desired)
- 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 cup oil
- 1/4-1/2 cup maple syrup
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Use 9 x 13 pan for mixing and baking ingredients. Coat pan with 2-3 tbsp oil. Add oats to pan with seeds and nuts you are using. We used coconut, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and sesame seeds, walnuts, pecans and almonds (chopped). Stir together in pan and add cinnamon. Stir again then add oil and maple syrup to coat the dry ingredients. Bake for 10 minutes, remove from oven and stir. Place back in oven for another 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool completely. Once the granola is completely cooled add your dried fruit and chocolate chips. For this batch we used raisins, craisins and dried apricot as well as chocolate chips. Stir all together and store in air tight container. Serve with yogurt or milk or just enjoy it as a snack!