I like to have a nice, filling breakfast to kick-start my day, and while I like porridge it can get tiresome eating it every morning. I really enjoy a bowl of good granola, however it can be very expensive and when shopping for a family an expensive cereal just for me just seems a little over indulgent.
Luckily, granola is super easy to make and by making your own you can also control how sweet it is, as a lot of shop bought varieties are also sweet and perhaps not as good for you as you would like.
Below is how I make my own granola, you can of course vary the ingredients to suit yourself.
400g Porridge Oats
250g Mixed Nuts (I used a mix of peanuts, brazil nuts, hazelnuts, pecans & almonds; I left mine as whole nuts but feel free to chop them if you’d prefer them smaller)
100g Mixed Seeds (I just used sesame seeds, sometimes I use a mix of sunflower as well. Pumpkin seeds also work well in this mix)
1 Tbsp Ground cinnamon
175ml Apple Juice (I use the no added sugar variety)
4 Tbsp Sunflower Oil
250g Dried fruit/berries ( I used a mix of raisins, sultanas, cranberries, blueberries, cherries & apricots)
* Pre-heat the oven to 160C
* In a bowl mix together the oats, nuts, seeds, wheat germ, cinnamon, apple juice and sunflower oil.
* Tip the mix out onto a large baking sheet (you may need to use two sheets).
* Bake for approximately 1 hour, turning the mix regularly.
* Allow to cool completely before mixing in the berries/fruits.
* Store in an airtight container.
Granola is delicious served with a splash of cold milk. Alternatively serve mixed with some natural yoghurt. Feel free to add some fresh fruits for an extra healthy boost.