I must confess, eating breakfast is not my strong point. They say it’s an important meal of the day, but breakfast foods are not something that I am ever in the mood for. Imagine waking up and everyone is talking about bacon and pancakes. Then, one person chimes in with, “a hamburger and fries from Pal’s sounds good.” (This was prior to our switch to a plant based diet.) Lunch/dinner food is the best way to get me to eat before 11:00 am.
If I don’t have a tasty leftover meal from the day before waiting on me, breakfast was unlikely to happen. Around the time of our wedding, I started relying on fruit as my go-to for breakfast. Fruit was a good start, but the first meal of the day didn’t become a constant, craveable, well balanced meal until Ryan started making me homemade granola.
You can make your own granola in a way that fits your individual taste. With so many possible combinations, it keeps it from being the same ole, same ole each day. I pair my homemade granola with little less than a cup of organic yogurt and a mix of seasonal fruit. Bananas are a constant.
This breakfast is the best way for me to start the day. I can go several hours in the garden without feeling hungry and my energy stays high. It’s my go-getter meal of the day. Get ready for your house to be filled with a sweet aroma and your belly full of nutritional goodness.
Before diving in with the recipe, check out this list of possible granola options Ryan created. Have I mentioned how much I love my man who knows his way around the kitchen?
Our go-to homemade granola recipe
3 tbsp butter
3 tbsp coconut oil
¼ cup honey
¼ cup brown sugar
2-3 tbsp vanilla
2-3 tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp cardamon (optional)
1 cup coconut
¼ cup flax seed
4 cups oats
2 cups chopped pecans and/or almonds
1/2 cup chopped dried apple
1/2 cup chopped raisins
What to do:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a small sauce pan, melt the butter and coconut oil over medium heat. Add the honey, brown sugar, vanilla, and remaining spices.
In a large bowl, combine the coconut, flax seed, oats, and nuts mixing well.
Pour the butter/oil mix over it and toss it with a large spoon until evenly coated.
Using a large baking sheet, spread the granola mix evenly in a thin layer. Bake until evenly browned about 20-25 minutes. Halfway through baking, stir the ingredients for even browning.
Remove from the oven and mix in the dried fruit. Let the granola cool before storing at room temperature.
This homemade granola can last 3-4 weeks stored in an airtight container at room temperature. I keep our granola in an old 32oz blue tinted Ball jar. We are all about Ball jar storage. They have a tight seal and add a clean airy feel to our open pantry.
Have fun mixing and matching, just remember to write down your favorite granola recipe. Take it from us, you will wish you had.