Making Breakfast A Breeze: Raw Wholefoods Granola
It will not be news to your ears that breakfast is a very important inclusion in the start of your day, but between hitting the snooze button three times, your house co-habitators hogging bathroom time and some wellness ladies telling your to be up early and get amongst the best part of the day - saying that mornings are a little time poor is likely an understatement.
Yes, you can layer natural yoghurt with fruit and nuts. Boil eggs and pop them on toast. Smatter that toast with combinations of banana and tahini, relish and cheese or fresh tomato, basil and cracked pepper.
You can smoothie, you can fruit salad, you can pop eggs in a pan with any greens you like.
All great ideas.
But what about something a little bit more luxe? Something that is both drool and Instagram worthy?
THE BASE GRANOLA RECIPE
Preparation is key, but we don't mean hours labouring in the kitchen. We like to think of ourselves as assemblers rather than cooks - and we are devoted to making sure that each time we eat is packing a nutritional punch. You could make a batch of this granola in 10 minutes, 25 minutes if you decided to toast it.
5 cups nuts and seeds (almonds, walnuts, cashews, chia seeds , sesame seeds, pepitas, sunflower seeds) - I like to keep it at 4 cups plue 1 cup flaked coconut.
**oats are great too if not GF
- 1/2 cup chopped dried fruit (dates, figs, goji and white mulberries are my pick!)
- 2 Tbs cacao*optional
- 1 Tbs Maple
- 2 Tbs coconut oil
- splash vanilla
- 1/2 tsp himalayan salt
Try flavouring with orange zest, cinnamon or a few drops of a edible rose essential oil to really make it like no other!
- 1 Tbs Maple
- 2 Tbs water
BEFORE WE GET TO THE METHOD LET ME SHARE MY TWO FAVOURITE COMBINATIONS WITH YOU!
Keeping it white and light: Cashew, Coconut, Pepitas, White Mulberries, Sesame Seeds, Chia Seeds
Nutty chocolate heaven: Chopped Almonds, Walnuts, Coconut, Cacao, Goji, Pepitas, Orange Essential Oil + Dried Organic Rose Petals
- If toasting, preheat oven to 180C.
- Roughly process your '5 cups' on a chopping board or using food processor - keep it chunky. Add in coconut, dried fruit and cacao. Combine with coconut oil, vanilla and maple until the mix is all coated evenly. If you are are leaving it raw, then it is DONE!
- If toasting add maple and water to the mix.
- Lay out on baking paper on a cookie tray and bake for 20 mins, check for browning and add another 10 minutes if necessary. It will harden, and cluster, on cooling so you just want it to be toasting it nicely. Leave to cool completely and store in air-tight container!
Serve with yoghurt and fresh fruit, or a simple chia pudding.
...and there you have it. A delicious and time friendly recipe that you can tailor for your own tastebuds in no time at all.
Did you love this recipe? Want to me to create a recipe around your favourite ingredient or dilemma? Just leave a comment and I'll get onto it!