I’ve been feeding on Granola in the morning since my very early childhood; passing from the so-called “Kellogg’s” to “Fitness” and even “Special K”, I can assure you that not only is their consumption tricky (I’ve been waiting for that sculptural body shape on the box for ages), but very unhealthy too! Indeed, your entire organism and machinery get clogged up by those kinds of store-bought products, just because they are full of refined sugar, preservatives and additives. But in case of a major bombing, that you’re locked up in your basement, and either left with an empty stomach or a bag of those flakes, well…you should eat them!
As I was just starting to discover how amazing healthy food was, I’ve been directly seduced by all those mouth-watering pictures of homemade granola; but there were plenty of recipes out there, and many of them actually were quite deceiving. After many epic fails and travels (where I realised a bowl of granola and fresh fruits actually is one of the sole things I love to have in the mornings), I decided I would come up with my own recipe.
With that mix of nuts bringing healthy fats, vitamins and minerals, all of them being essential for a healthy body and brain, that great amount of fibres brought by the oats and all the healthy sugars contained in the dried fruits, you’ll have enough power to kick some asses all day long (well no…just throughout the morning!).
Why using coconut oil? And what is it? Coconut oil is extracted from the coconut’s dried albumen. It contains saturated fats mostly, a few vitamins and minerals. Even though dieticians have been considering it evil, it’s now taking more and more space on the supermarket stalls. The fats it contains actually are middle chained triglycerides, which are directly metabolised and used as fuel by the body, whereas animal fats are not. They are not stocked in the body, which makes them “good fats”.
Anyway, back to our breakfast. It is true that it’s taking some time to prepare, at least more than simply buying it. But I can assure you it is the most delicious thing on earth – the proof is if I make the mistake of leaving the jar wide open next to me…I might touch the bottom quite quickly! But if you keep it organised, you’ll just have to take 30 minutes on the Sundays and then you’ll have breakfast for a week, starting each day starry-eyed!
Nutty Honey Granola
- 150g of oats
- 150g of nuts (almonds, hazelnuts, pecans, etc.), crushed
- 40g of ground almonds
- 25g of pumpkin seeds
- 25g of sunflower seeds
- 1 – 2 tbsp of chia seeds
- 2 tsp of cinnamon (+ a sprinkle of ground cloves)
- ½ tsp of sea salt
- 40g of coconut oil, melted
- 90g of honey, slightly melted
- 100 – 125g of dried fruits (cranberries, gogi berries, dates, etc.), sliced (optional)
- A few pinch of dried flowers (optional)
(1) Start by preheating your oven to 170°C and cover a tray with parchment paper.
(2) Crush all the nuts, and in large mixing bowl, mix them with the oats, ground almonds, seeds, cinnamon and salt. Stir and set aside.
(3) In a bain-marie, melt the coconut oil and honey, until the honey’s still gooey and not too runny.
(4) Pour that sumptuous liquid over your dry ingredients, making sure that everything’s nice and coated.
(5) Spread evenly on the baking tray covered with parchment paper and place in the oven for about 10 to 12 minutes. Take it out, stir it all and spread evenly once more. Place it back in the oven for 3 more minutes, until golden-brown.
(6) Let it cool down before breaking it in small pieces, adding the dried fruits and transferring into a jar. It makes approximately 700g, which is about 8 to 9 portions. Enjoy!
Here are a few flavour pairing you can try if you’d like:
Hazelnuts + Pecans + Dark chocolate chips (added at the end) + Cinnamon + Gogi berries = HEAVEN!
Pistachios + Almonds + Walnuts + Dried apricots + Dried Banana Chips = Holy Moly!
Christmas Version: Gingerbread spices + Orange zest (1/2 tbsp)!
Exotic Versison: Ground ginger + Dried pieces of ginger!