Sorry for the lack of posts lately I don’t really know what my excuse is, I guess I have just been catching up with life in general… Nevertheless my to-do list does not seem to be getting shorter. Anyways.
The bikini season is almost upon us, even though the recent drop in temperatures (again!) might not seem like it. I’m still trying to motivate myself to get into shape and with all the rain it has been very hard these past weeks. What I have been doing is trying to eat healthier and not skipping breakfast which unfortunately I like to do a lot. I’m sure you have heard it a million times: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! For me breakfast has to be quick, easy and delicious.
Today I invite you to make your own almond granola. It is delicious and so simple to make! Plus, it is healthier than most store-bought granolas, has no unnecessary nasties or sugars added and is cheaper. You can also easily switch it up, mixing in different kind of nuts or dried fruit, depending on your preferences.
My favorite way to eat my homemade almond granola is to sprinkle it on top of greek yoghurt and drizzle a little bit of honey on top. I also love to eat it as a snack.
I love how the house smells when I’m baking my almond granola, a little bit like Christmas! :)
- 70g all-natural almond butter
- 2 tbsp honey
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 150g old-fashioned oats (organic)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1. Preheat oven to 160°C. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
- 2. Pour the almond butter, honey and maple syrup in a small heatproof bowl. Heat the mixture in the microwave for a few seconds. In a larger bowl, combine the oats, chia seeds, vanilla extract and cinnamon. Pour the almond butter mixture over the oats and mix together all the ingredients. I found that it worked best using my hands. Once the oats are all coated with the almond butter mixture, evenly spread it on the parchment paper. Bake for 8 minutes at 160°C, then flip the granola over and let it bake for another 5 minutes.
- 3. Let the granola cool completely before transferring it into mason jars.
- This recipe works great as a granola base. You could add nuts and/or dried fruit. I would add dried fruits only at the end of the baking time.
- You could also use agave syrup as a sweetener.
I used my homemade almond butter for this recipe. Next time I want to make a ‘Peanut Butter Cup’ granola using all-natural peanut butter, maybe mixing in some roasted peanuts as well and once it is baked adding some dark chocolate chips or cooca nibs (for a healthier version).
What do you usually eat for breakfast? Since I’m a bit of a morning grouch I would love to hear about your breakfast options to get inspired!