Homemade Granola

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A wonderful crispy granola, perfect in the morning with some cold milk and some dried fruit added on top. Or however you like granola, but thats my preference 🙂

I find making my own granola much better than buying store bought because I can alter the flavors to my liking and mix and match it instead of having the same flavor everyday. Also, I know exactly what’s going into it – no chemicals or sneaky corn syrup hiding in here! Not to mention, it’s super easy. All you need is oats, toppings, an oven and less than half an hour of your time. And 20 minutes of that is just waiting for it in the oven.

This is a simple granola because I like making this and then adding whatever toppings I feel like on that day, but feel free to add in more flavors or dried fruits or anything into the recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups oats (rolled oats are best, but any oats would work!)
  • chopped nuts
  • 1/4 cup olive/coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup honey/agave
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • More add ins: dried fruit, shredded coconut, cocoa powder, coffee powder, cinnamon, maple extract, cocoa nibs)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celcius and take out a baking tray
  2. In a small saucepan, heat the oil and add in the honey and vanilla extract. Stir on low heat for about a minute until well integrated.
  3. Spread the oats, nuts and whatever other toppings on the baking tray.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients on top and mix well.
  5. Pop in the oven and bake for around 20 minutes, shaking the tray ever 5 minutes to make sure the granola doesn’t stick and gets evenly baked.
  6. Done! Serve with yogurt, milk or fresh fruit!

Note: If you use dried fruit, add in only in the last 3 minutes.

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Chocolate Banana Oatmeal with Toppings

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Chocolate for breakfast? Whaaaat?

I was never an oatmeal person but recently I’ve converted. Or maybe I just like to have an excuse to pile on toppings. I’ve always been big on toppings – ice cream sundaes, pizzas, tacos – it’s the toppings that cinch the deal.

And this breakfast couldn’t be easier. The basic oatmeal is 4 (!!) ingredients and takes around 5 minutes. Decide on what type of oatmeal you want to have, add toppings, and you’re good to go!

Anyway. This is an extremely healthy yet indulgent breakfast. Feel free to play with the toppings and add ins however you wish!  I’ve given you a basic oatmeal recipe with lots of variations! The one pictured above is chocolate banana oatmeal with banana slices, chocolate sprinkles, honey, cashew butter and toasted hazelnuts.

Variations:

– Chocolate Banana – Add 1 tsp cocoa powder and 1/2 mashed banana, top with the other half of the banana slices and chocolate sprinkles/chips

– Pumpkin pie – Add 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice/cinnamon and 1/2 cup pumpkin puree

– Apple pie – Add 1/2 diced apple, 1/2 tsp cinnamon and a handful of raisins, replace sugar with honey

– Cinnamon banana bread – Add 1/2 mashed banana and 1/2 tsp cinnamon, replace sugar with honey

– Coffee – Add 1 tsp instant coffee powder and increase sugar by a bit

– Peanut Butter & Jam – Add 1 tsp peanut butter, top with peanut butter and jam

– Pina Colada – Add 1 tablespoon desiccated coconut, top with pineapple/mango/peach

– Fruit & Nut – Add chopped up dried fruits (raisins/dates/dried figs/cranberries/apricots) and nuts (almonds, cashews, walnuts/pecans), replace sugar with honey, top with nut butter and more dried fruit and nuts

– Banana Nut Crunch – Add 1/2 mashed banana and chopped nuts, top with granola and sliced banana and more nuts

– Chocolate explosion – Add 1 tsp cocoa powder, chopped dates (optional) and chocolate chips, top with more chocolate chips or chocolate sauce

– Or you could just play around with the add ins and toppings to suit your fancy!

More Topping Ideas

Fresh fruit (berries, mango, pineapple, peach, apple, pear, banana etc.)

Dried fruit

Nuts

Nut Butters, Nutella

Chocolate sprinkles, Chocolate chips, Chocolate sauce

Shredded Coconut

Honey, Maple Syrup, Cinnamon sugar

Granola, Popped Amaranth

Flax seed, sunflower seeds, toasted pumpkin seeds

Basic Recipe:

1/2 cup quick oats

1 cup milk (I used normal low fat milk, but a non-dairy milk like almond or soy would also work)

1/2 – 1 1/2 tsp brown sugar (according to taste, added ingredients and toppings)

1 tsp vanilla essence

Cook milk over low heat

Add oats and sugar, bring to a boil

Add vanilla essence and other add-ins, cook for a a couple of minutes

Transfer to a bowl and add toppings