Do you eat breakfast each morning? I try but if it wasn’t for Balazs, I would probably skip it sometimes and use that extra 30 mins for sleeping in or to take an extra long shower. Having said that, I started making my own granola last month and after going through a few different takes on it, I finally found my favourite combination. The best part is that a bowlful of my cranberry-oats-honey-cinnamon-and-almonds mix with 2 spoons of natural yoghurt makes me feel so good and full of energy – exactly like Popeye after his spinach snack :) Also, I always slice half of a banana on top as I read that it stimulates your happy hormones the same way as almonds do. Who would have thought?
Well, if you're thinking about jazzing up your breakfast, here is the full how...
(inspired by SCB – 3191 Miles Apart)
Ingredients:* 6 cups rolled oats
* 2 cups almonds
* 2 cups dried cranberries
* 1 teaspoon cinnamon (You could also use ground ginger, or a combination of the two)
* 1/4 cup brown sugar
* 3/4 cup honey
* Dash Kosher salt
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Mix oats, cinnamon, almonds and salt in a baking pan and set aside. In a small saucepan warm up the brown sugar and the honey until the sugar dissolves and the consistence becomes smooth. Pour the honey/sugar mix over the oats mixture and stir it well.
Bake for approximately 20 minutes (it depends on the size of the granola batch and the size of the pan). Check every 5-10 minutes or so and give it a good stir. Approximately 15 minutes into the baking time take out your baking pan and add cranberries. Mix well and place the baking pan back into the oven for the last 5 minutes. Allow to cool and store in an air-tight jar. Ta dah!
Darlings, what’s your granola of choice? Would you try this one? xo
P.S: Remember those apple - granola sandwiches? Or those homemade granola bars?
P.P.S: And a few more of my favourite recipes.
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