A quick but equally healthy breakfast on the go can be a bit tricky. I won’t lie, the convenience of a quick bowl of cereal was one of the few perks of the old days. Some mornings you need to be up and at-em and not slogging over the stove making a hot breakfast. It’s great for people, especially kids who struggle giving up their daily cereal routine. Plus it’s packed with loads of nutty, seedy goodness!
100g desiccated coconut
100g chopped nuts
50g dried berries (I like cranberries, blueberries & goji berries)
50g mixed seeds ( I use linseed, sesame, sunflower & pumpkin seeds)
3 Tbl honey or xylitol
3 Tbl olive oil or coconut oil
2 Tbl butter
1 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt
The nice part about this recipe is that all the quantities are equal measures, so if you make it regularly you will know it off-by-heart in no time. Making it that much more fuss free.
– Preheat your oven to 140C.
– Start by measuring out your coconut and adding it to a large mixing bowl.
– Next measure and roughly chop your nuts, seeds and fruit, and toss them in with the coconut.
– Follow that up with the oil, melted butter (I just melt mine in the microwave for a few seconds), cinnamon and salt.
– Then with a big spoon mix it around until it’s well combined and everything starts to stick to each other.
– Prepare a large baking tray, either with a coating of butter or spray-n-cook non-stick spray, whatever your preference is.
– Sprinkle the mixture onto the tray, and spread out with the spoon so that it covers the tray evenly.
– Slide it into the oven for about 30 – 45 minutes at 140C.
– Check your granola after about 30 minutes, to make sure it’s not burning, as everyone’s ovens are different. And give it a toss just to let the underside also get a chance to crisp up.
– Once everything looks nice and toasty and golden, leave it to stand and cool completely before you bottle it up.
I like to make this in big batches over a weekend, so it’s ready for those unexpected early mornings of farm mayhem when time is tight. It also travels very well, so if you’re worried about finding a banting-friendly brekkie or light meal on the road, this makes a lovely quick and easy, portable meal with some full-cream milk or even Greek yoghurt. I even bottle them up into little jars, as they make great alternative gifts!