Sometimes you’re not sure where to start. Soup or pasta or something for breakfast? This question is the right one not just for myself that I had to pick up a recipe to start this website’s section, but for everyone who is starting a healthier lifestyle. Granola was probably one of the first things that I have started making myself, feeling always unhappy about the shop-brought products. It’s easy to make, quick and a good platform for creativity. Kids can be involved in the making of their own breakfast: if you prepare the chopped ingredients ahead, no knives are involved and they will feel part of the real meal preparation. I don’t make it every week since we like to change what we eat for breakfast and just be creative following our body needs and what’s in season, but every time it’s always a pleasure to have some freshly made granola and being able to decide what to put inside. I remember talking about granola with a friend of mine years ago, as I started trying combinations and making different flavours on my own: she ended up making granola herself as well (of course), even when she was expecting her baby girl and texting me that one day they will all make it together as a family activity.
Orange flavoured Granola
100 g rolled oats (choose the gluten-free option if needed)
150 g millet flakes
10-12 dates, finely chopped (6-7 if using Medjool dates)
juice of 1 orange, freshly squeezed
1 handful coconut chips
1 handful dried banana chips
1 handful almonds, finely chopped
3 tbsp milled flaxseed
1 tsp ginger powder
1 tsp cinnamon powder
1 pinch of grated nutmeg
1 tsp date syrup (optional)
1 tsp coconut oil, melted (measured solid)
lukewarm water (approx. 6-7 tbsp)
In a bowl, combine oats, millet flakes, dates, spices, coconut oil and some lukewarm water (you will need enough water to allow the granola to combine together but not to form one big piece). Use your hands to mix all the ingredients. It can be useful to use a baking tray with baking paper or reusable baking sheets. Spread the granola on the baking tray making an even layer. Place in the preheated oven at 180°C for approx. 10-15 min.
Take the baking tray out from the oven, spread the orange juice all over the granola. Mix well with a spoon. Place in the oven at the same temperature for 5-10 min.
Once again take out from the oven, add almonds, coconut and banana chips (together with date syrup, if you’re using it): mix well and place in the oven for just a couple of min. (the coconut chips will tend to burn quickly).
When it’s ready and out from the oven, add the grounded flaxseed. Allow to cool completely before serving or putting in a container. Use it for breakfast or snack with fresh fruit and yogurt or milk.
A few things you should pay attention to: when choosing date syrup, coconut and banana chips, check the ingredients and pick the one with listed just the thing you’re looking for – it may take a while to find the right brand, but it’s worth it, (or you can make your own banana chips). The yogurt or milk should be preferably organic and unsweetened. Granola can be used as snack between meals: it’s made with good ingredients and rich in nutrients, but be careful with portions, since can be an easy option for emotional eating.
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