Breakfast Of Champions – Homemade Granola

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We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Why? Breakfast provides your brain and body with fuel/energy after an overnight fast – that’s where its name originates, breaking the fast! Without breakfast you are effectively running on empty, like trying to start the car with no petrol (just call me the Cliche Queen). I don’t think most people realise just how EASY it is to make your own granola! Stop buying packaged cereal labelled “healthy” – it’s not! Muhammad Ali once said: “suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion”. Well I say, sacrifice 40ish minutes today and spend the next two weeks eating the “breakfast of champions”.

PS This recipe is super adaptable so feel free to pretty much, use whatever you like!

PPS Not only does this granola keep you full until lunch-time, it’s super healthy, incredibly nutritious and honestly so delicious, if i could, i’d eat it for lunch and dinner too. Heck, sometimes I do! #breakfastfordinner

2 cups jumbo oats 
1 cup mixed raw nuts (I used almond, pistachio, walnut)
1/2 cup mixed seeds (I used linseeds, sunflower, pumpkin and sesame seeds)
3/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut 
1 tsp cinnamon
3 tbsp honey or pure maple syrup
3 tbsp coconut oil (you can use olive oil instead if you prefer)
1 cup dried fruit (I used apricots)

Preheat the oven to 180 C.

The most time-consuming part is to roughly chop the nuts and dried fruit – so do that first.

In a large bowl, add the oats, nuts, seeds, coconut, cinnamon, honey and coconut oil – stir well.

Spread the oat mixture onto a large baking tray; smooth out.

Bake for around 25 minutes, every five minutes or so take the granola out, give it a stir, then smooth it down with a wooden spoon and put it back in the oven.

When the granola is golden and fragrant, remove from oven and mix in dried fruit; let cool.

Serve this nutritious deliciousness with milk or yoghurt and fresh fruit (I served mine with almond milk, nashi pear and pomegranate mmm!)

Store leftover granola in an airtight container – lasts about 2 weeks unless you accidently eat the whole thing, of course!

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