Crunchy Cinnamon Granola

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.........or so we are often told.  For years I never really ate breakfast, I was always in too much of a hurry and found it difficult to get excited about breakfast foods.  I would rather stay in bed longer and just grab a cup of coffee on my way out the door!  These days I, unfortunately, don't have the luxury of staying in bed past 7am!  So now we are always up early, and whilst trying to encourage my daughter to have a healthy attitude towards food we have all started eating breakfast.  I now get quite excited about trying to come up with new breakfast foods that we can try.  I really don't like shop bought breakfast cereals because of the added salt and sugars, but on weekday mornings time is tight so I need something that is quick to prepare and I love this crunchy, chewy Granola.  I prepare it is big batches and it keeps really well if stored in an airtight container.  It is so simple to make and you can create different variations by adding different dried fruit combinations.

RECIPE

Ingredients

250g Porridge oats

3 Tbsp Flaked almonds or dried coconut flakes

3 Tbsp Sunflower seeds

2 Tbsp Sesame seeds

2 Tbsp Pumpkin seeds

3 Tbsp Walnut oil

4 Tbsp Runny honey

1 Tsp Ground cinnamon

175g Mixed dried fruit (I usually use 75g cranberries, 75g cherries, 25g goji berries)

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 150 degrees centigrade (130 for fan).  Put the oats, almonds/coconut, and seeds together in a bowl.  Mix together the oil, honey, and cinnamon.  Add to the bowl of dry ingredients and mix well until the oats and seeds are coated in the honey mixture.
  2. Spread out on a baking sheet and bake for about 30-40 minutes.  Check on it every 10 minutes to ensure even cooking.  Move around and turn as required if not cooking evenly.
  3. once golden and nicely toasted remove from the oven and allow to cool.  Mix in the dried fruit.

It will keep for at least a couple of weeks in an airtight container.  Delicious served simply with some ice cold milk, or with yogurt and some fresh fruit.  I also use it to make granola bites that Little Whisk loves, they are great for play date snacks!  Recipe to follow soon.