This fantastic home-made granola is packed full of energy, making it the perfect breakfast that will release energy throughout the morning, leaving you feeling full and fresh until lunch time. Oats are the perfect ingredient for If you are looking to increase your energy levels before you start your day then you could also combine your morning granola fix with a breakfast time energy drink such as Glyco Energy, which will give you much more motivation to hit the ground running when you start your day. It could also increase your strength and endurance, as well as aiding weight loss. If you are looking to lose weight then you can make this already very healthy granola even more healthy, by making it without the addition of the sugar before the baking stage. Instead add a little more cinnamon for sweetness or even a vanilla pod to infuse the granola mix with a sweet and creamy fragrance.
Finally, you have to be a nut-lover to enjoy this granola recipe in its original form. But, if you are allergic to nuts, or simply prefer to eliminate nuts from your diet because of the natural fats they contain, you could try adding dried fruits, such as cherries, blueberries, apricots, apples or raisins instead. These dried fruits will give your granola a similar texture to that which it would have from the nuts, but with more less fat and slightly less crunch. Whatever your personal tastes, there’s an ideal variation of this granola recipe for you. It’s the perfect alternative to more fat laden commercial breakfast cereals, and it will take you less than 30 minutes to make enough granola for a full week of healthy and delicious breakfasts.
You will also need a large baking tray, a mixing bowl, and a large airtight container to store your granola and keep it fresh.
Other Options/Variations: This sweet and spicy granola could be served with any fruit you wish, depending on your personal taste and the seasons. Substitute melon for apples during the winter months and pears make a great alternative to the sweet and slightly tart flavor of the grapes. If you prefer a faster breakfast, or aren’t a fan of fresh fruit or Greek yogurt, you could simply serve your granola in a bowl with cold milk. Add a spoonful of sugar in lieu of the fruit, to add some extra sweetness to the dish.
Submitted to Recipe Goldmine by Jennifer Lewis.