Breakfast Granola for Warmer Mornings

Warmer weather calls for a different sort of breakfast. The porridge we have been eating for months on end must give way – but I want to keep oats involved because they provide such a healthy start to the day for my family. I have been making this granola for years and we all love it. The variations are endless. For something a bit special I like to add small chunks of dark chocolate – packaged up either in paper bags or glass jars, it also makes a great gift.

Granola
500g oats
100g shredded coconut
100g almonds
100g walnuts
3tbsp sunflower seeds
3tbsp sesame seeds
pinch of salt
 
4tbsp honey
3tbsp oil
1tsp cinnamon
1tsp nutmeg
 
100g sultanas
100g cranberries (for Christmas Granola)
100g dark chocolate cut into small chunks (for decadent Granola)
 

Preheat the oven to 180C. Mix together the oats, coconut, nuts, seeds and salt in a large baking tray (don’t omit the salt).

Melt together the honey, oil, cinnamon and nutmeg in a pan over low heat, then pour over the oat mix and stir through.

Bake in the oven, checking regularly and stirring often, until the granola reaches your preferred degree of crunchiness (about 20 minutes). Don’t blog or read the paper or hang out the washing during this stage as it can burn quickly. Trust me on this one.

Allow to cool completely and mix through the sultanas and/or cranberries and/or chocolate. I store the granola in a large airtight glass jar on the kitchen bench.

Granola medium

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