Weekday mornings can be hectic enough, let alone having to worry about what to make for breakfast. A really quick and easy breakfast idea, and one which my children always ask for is nut granola. It is a simple recipe for the morning rush, and very easy to prepare if you have never made some before – other than the fact that it’s a great substitute for sugary breakfast cereals.
The best thing about nut granola is that it’s so customizable, and it’s something that my little ones absolutely love to eat. They’ll have it either with yogurt or milk. You can skip the nuts and use nut-free alternatives if your children are allergic to nuts. Another thing is that I usually add in honey if we are eating the granola at home. However, if I am packing it as a snack to-go, I tend to skip the honey to make it less sticky.
Nuts are full of protein and heart-healthy fats, and also contain essential nutrients such as magnesium, iron and zinc that give children the boost to keep them going till lunchtime. I use my children’s favorite variety of nuts for the granola mix, but you can you can always play around with the ingredients by using different nuts and seeds to the mix, or even dried fruits, dark chocolate chips and coconut flakes.
I hope you and your family will enjoy this recipe, just as much as we do..
- 3 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup almond flakes
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- ½ cup pumpkin seeds
- ½ cup sunflower seeds
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- ½ cup honey
- 3 tbsp coconut oil
- 5 tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- In a saucepan, warm the coconut oil with the honey and the vanilla extract.
- Add all the spices to it.
- Mix the melted coconut oil with spices with all of the dry ingredients.
- Put the mixture on a flat tray covered with a baking sheet and bake it for around 10 to 15 minutes in the oven on 180 degrees.
(Keep checking as you might put them thicker or thinner each time, plus you want to make sure they’re not too toasty).
Serve the granola in a bowl with your favorite milk, add it to yogurt, or grab a handful to enjoy as is.
You can store the leftovers for up to two weeks in a tightly sealed jar or container. I personally prefer to keep them in the fridge, especially when mixed with honey, but you can definitely keep them out as well. Bon Apétit!!