My mornings get a little hectic. Starting off with my work (advantages of working from home!), grueling 1 hour yoga sessions, the regular home chores and now with the summer vacations on, sorting kids ( they wake up fighting!!) and their activities..…But when it comes to breakfast, its my time, with the morning newspaper, peace and quiet. Sometimes I’ll sit in the garden, enjoying the greenery and watching the birds. Just my granola and me. Everyday.
And this particular granola is my new obsession. I have a new batch ready before the existing one is halfway through. I just can’t get enough of it. The taste just lingers in my mouth all day long. Well its got all my favorite things all together…nuts, dark chocolate, banana. It make my breakfast scrumptious with a pop of nourishment and gives me loads of energy to soldier on for the rest of the day. I am hooked!
Its splendid atop my Berrylicious Smoothie……
Making your own granola can be such a fun activity with the family. You can get the kids to measure, chop and mix. You could take turns to stir the mixture when its in the oven (under supervision). Its valuable for the children to understand the importance of using and eating wonderful, natural, wholesome ingredients. Also, of course, the excellent taste and flavor is absolutely incomparable to the packaged stuff available out there. Mornings should be about a happy belly full of a whole bunch of goodness!!
and its also delish with homemade yogurt and fresh fruits……..
Try it as a topping on this Mango Apricot Nanaicecream. It will knock your socks off!!
Blitz 3 frozen bananas with 1 frozen mango and 6 frozen apricots in your blender. Add 4/5 Tbsp ( or more) of yogurt to help in blending. What you will get is a soft serve consistency mixture. Taste and adjust for sweetness. I usually never add any sweetener. Scoop it out in glasses/ bowls, top with more fresh fruit, granola and devour immediately. You could pop it in the freezer for a bit if you want to eat this later.
*All fruits should be chopped before freezing.
This granola recipe has been adapted from here. They have a great collection of fabulous vegetarian recipes. Bananas bring a mild flavor and sweetness. I added sunflower seeds , dates, popped amaranth and also this amazing raw organic chocolate from Earthloaf to this recipe. You can use any good quality dark chocolate or leave it out all together.
Prep time : 10 minutes Bake time : 40 minutes
Rolled oats – 3 cups (300gms)
Almonds – 1/2 cup ,coarsely chopped (70 gms)
Pumpkin seeds – 1/4 cup ( 30 gms)
Sunflower seeds – 1/4 cups ( 35 gms)
Popped amaranth – 1/2 cup (25 gms)
Bananas – 2
Coconut oil – 3Tbsp ( 45ml)
Honey – 4Tbsp (60 ml)
Vanilla beans from a pod or Vanilla extract – 1 Tbsp
Dates – 6, chopped
Dark chocolate – 1/4 cup (optional) chopped
Preheat the oven to 180 C. Line a baking sheet with baking paper.
Combine all the dry ingredients ( except dates and chocolate) in a large bowl. In another bowl, mash the bananas. Add the oil, honey and vanilla beans or extract. Stir this mixture very well. Add to the dry ingredients.
Spread evenly on the prepared tray. Bake, stirring every 10-15 mins, for about 30 – 40 mins. The granola should look toasted and golden.
Stir in the dates, once you have taken out the tray from the oven. Let the granola cool completely before adding chocolate, if using.
So tell me do you also get hooked on to certain foods which you can eat day in and out?