If I ever write a book it will be Simply Homemade Breakfasts. I’m expecting messages from my wonderful readers any day now wondering if I serve up breakfast in my kitchen all day long. I don’t, but I’m often tempted. It’s my favourite meal of the day, without question.
One of my previous granola recipes has proven to be very popular and I have had some lovely feedback about it. I still make this, my children love it. It’s quite indulgent, as is this delicious Crunchy Chocolate Granola from Donna at A Cookbook Collection.
I wanted to create another granola, tasty but less indulgent, for me. I’ve been experimenting with buckwheat lately and buckwheat groats are great in granola, they’re so crunchy. This is the recipe I came up with. It’s nut free so can be taken on the go, early risers can bring it on the bus/train. There’s no oil, it’s actually very low in fat if that’s what you’re after. The added sweetener is minimal too and the cacao turns the milk chocolatey. What more could you possibly want?
200g Porridge Oats
125g Mixed Seeds (I used pumpkin, sesame, sunflower, and linseed)
100g Buckwheat Groats*
30g Cacao Powder
90ml Apple Juice
2 tbsp Maple Syrup
125g Dried Fruit (I used dates, apricots & raisins)
*Buckwheat groats are available in health food stores.
- Preheat oven to 160 fan, line a baking tray with parchment (not completely necessary but my trays are almost vintage!)
- Mix the oats seeds and groats together in a large bowl. Add the apple juice and maple syrup mix again, very well.
Pour the mixture onto the baking tray and spread it out. Bake for 20 minutes, turning the mix 3 or 4 times for the duration.
- Once the granola is done transfer it to a bowl to cool down. When it is cold, mix in the fruit.
- Store the granola in an airtight container.
If you want to treat a friend, just for the sake of it, make a batch of granola, put it in a jar, tie a bow enjoy watching bringing a smile to that friend. A question I often hear asked is what to gift a new mum. Food! Put together a hamper and include some granola, among other delicious delights. Some of the best gifts we received in those early new baby days were food!
As I mentioned, I wanted this granola for myself. ‘Twas not to be, the children loved it. The small boy took great delight in watching the milk turn chocolatey and then almost cleaning the bowl of its contents. It’s a good complaint really.