Porridge has got rather boring and there is only so much toast you can take. So we had a go at making our own granola using an easy to follow recipe.
The Original Recipe
https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1590/goodforyou-granola – Original recipe is from here. It says it is healthy – I might say watch the sugar amount but otherwise is a fairly healthy start to the morning 🙂
We changed a few things so ours now looks like this (but other than that follows most of the recipe above.
2 tbsp vegetable oil
125ml maple syrup* (first time we cooked it we used this amount – next time we will be halving it as it is too sweet for our liking. If it is not moist enough – we plan to add in 2 more tbsp of vegetable oil as we prefer fat over sweetness).
300g rolled oats
2 tbsp honey
Handful of whatever seeds you have managed to source plastic free (for us it was largely a sunflower and pumpkin mix, the walnuts didn’t make the cut but they might next time.)
Handful of dried berries (we got them plastic free but might leave out next time as it was so sweet)
*Word of warning we found maple syrup in a glass bottle but it did have a plastic lid. For us that was an O.K. compromise but overtime we might switch to just honey or maybe add in coconut oil.
Our Method using our Ingredients
1.Heat oven to 150C/fan 130C/gas 2. Mix the oil, maple syrup, honey in a large bowl. Tip in all the remaining ingredients, except the dried fruit and mix.
2.Tip the granola onto two baking sheets and spread evenly. Bake for 15 mins, then mix in dried fruit, and bake for 10 mins more. Remove and scrape onto a flat tray to cool.
3.Once cooled place granola can be stored in an airtight, ideally plastic free container for up to a month.
Ease of making
What I like about this recipe for breakfast is that it is really easy to make. I made it whilst doing a load of washing up one evening. I actually made 30 servings worth (I just doubled the quantities). It really is something you can do whilst multi-tasking and doesn’t take long to cool.
It has since been stored in metal container and is being readily enjoyed and eaten every morning. Yummy alternative to porridge – which although healthy is not always fun and definitely not a summer-time breakfast.
Other Breakfast Ideas if Granola is not your thing
Pancakes – always goes down well and easy to make – butter, milk and flour all available plastic free 🙂 Top with fruit or sugar or maple syrup. Tasty! Even better you can keep for a few days in the fridge.
Eggs – We quite like eggs in the Maxwell household – things like scrambled or fried on a Saturday, usually with toast but sometimes on top of pancakes. Plastic free and easy – a great start to a weekend.