A handful of goodness! Fragrant granola, still warm from the oven

A handful of goodness! Fragrant granola, still warm from the oven

My daughter Aileen made up a batch of toasty granola to take to Coachella, the totally cool-looking rock festival that has been going since 1999. It was the first I’d heard of Coachella, and the next time I’m twenty, I’m going for sure :)

Homemade granola in the house again. It smells so good! This granola uses only quality ingredients, so unlike commercial varieties it doesn’t need a lot of sugar to give it taste.

Baking pan filled with toasted oat & kamut flakes, coconut ribbons, Goji berries, pepitas, sunflower seeds for Homemade Granola

Baking pan filled with toasted oat & kamut flakes, coconut ribbons, Goji berries, pepitas, sunflower seeds for Homemade Granola

Mornings can be crazy busy and it’s hard to get a healthy start. When I’m in the groove, I start every day with a big breakfast bowl of fruit with plain yogurt and granola. It satisfies my sweet tooth without adding sugar and I don’t get hungry for hours. All that fresh fruit is a great start on getting enough fruits and veggies during the day. It’s easy to slip some veggies in with the fruit, such as minced kale or grated carrot.

Apple, orange, minced kale & bananas with plain yogurt. Topped with Aileen's granola and toasted almonds.

Apple, orange, minced kale & bananas with plain yogurt. Topped with Aileen’s granola and toasted almonds.

Can you tell how much I love fruit, yogurt and granola for breakfast? I rotate the fruit to get the best of the season. Here’s Aileen’s granola again with sweet, juicy, buttery mango and the last of the raspberries we froze last summer.

Juicy mango, apple, raspberries & bananas with plain yogurt with fresh, homemade granola

Juicy mango, apple, raspberries & bananas with plain yogurt with fresh, homemade granola

 

 The Recipe

Adapted from Deborah Davis of Dietician Debbie Dishes 

Homemade Granola
 
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Toasty, homemade granola made from whole grains with toasted nuts and seeds, and coconut ribbons and fruit.
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Ingredients
First Ingredients:
  • 3 c /700 ml rolled Grain Flakes, such as Oats, Kamut, Spelt or mix
  • ½ c /120 ml Coconut Oil, melted
  • 1 tsp /5 ml Vanilla
  • 1 tsp /5 ml Cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp /1 ml Nutmeg
  • ⅓ c /80 ml unsweetened Coconut Ribbons
  • 2½ tbsp /40 ml Honey
Second Ingredients:
  • 1⅔ c /400 ml mixed Nuts & Seeds, such as Pumpkin & Sunflower seeds, and sliced Almonds
Third Ingredients:
  • 3 tbsp /44 ml Chia seeds
  • ⅓ c /80 ml Hemp seeds
  • ⅓ c /80 ml Flax meal
  • 1 c /240 ml dried unsweetened Fruit, such as Goji berries or chopped Mango
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F / 175C
  2. Mix first ingredients together in a large bowl. Spread evenly on a cookie sheet
  3. Bake for 25 minutes. Check every 10 minutes and stir.
  4. Add nuts and seeds to the granola mixture. Cook another 10 minutes or until granola is lightly browned.
  5. Set cookie sheet on a rack to cool. (It will continue to crisp up as it cools.)
  6. Stir in third ingredients. Store in a sealed container.

Buttery mango in season, bananas and plain yogurt with homemade granola

Buttery mango in season, bananas and plain yogurt with homemade granola

 

YOU Next Year Principle

Eat a nutritious breakfast full of whole grains, fruit and low-fat protein and eliminate cravings later in the day.

 

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To me, breakfast is my most important meal. It’s often the meal you play a game on. I make sure I have oatmeal, milk, and fruit. It’s the fuel you use to hopefully do your best, so eating right is a big part of being a professional athlete. I wish I paid more attention to it earlier in my life.

Andrew Luck, NFL quarterback