Homemade Breakfast Granola

 

I´m currently visiting my homeland, Slovakia. Me and my boy came back home on Saturday, after spending 5 beautiful, sunny and hot months in Malta. We were working in this pretty big, 4*hotel as a waitress and as a waiter. I must admit that we´ve learnt more than just how to collect dirty plates from tables, more than just taking orders and preparing drinks. We´ve learnt the beauty of another country, it gave us so many new perspectives how to apperceive every aspect of our adventurous world. It´s been such an amazing journey throughout this few months that it´s so weird to be back home.
I am glad we are back, though. I´ve been missing the funny company of my mum as well as the tinniest peanut in my family- my 3 year old brother. And my dog. And our electric oven.

And now, something different. Breakfast. The most important part of the day. For me, the best part of the day. I love when I can enjoy a warm bowl of homemade granola with milk. Or when I bake morning breakfast muffins and I can dip some parts into hot cocoa milk. Or when I make myself warm oatmeal porridge with banana, walnuts and cinnamon. And that´s exactly the smell of autumn everybody loves. Cinnamon, ginger, honey. And with all these rainy days we are having in Slovakia, who wouldn´t like to wake up to a warm homemade granola served with milk and walnuts? Hm, tomorrow morning, I´m digging in with all the spoons I have. Because I love breakfast.So much.

ps. Once you start with baking your own granola (costs less, and you actually know what´s inside-no refined sugars and only natural ingredients) you will find out that you won´t no longer be using recipes, you will throw together ingredients you already have in your pantry. Happy (healthy) baking!

Homemade Breakfast Granola:

3 cups oats (some people use old-fashioned, I use both kinds)
1 cup raisins and cranberries
1 cup seeds(pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds- whatever seeds you like)
1 cup walnuts or any other nuts (I added some almond pieces I had left)
1 cup dried fruit of your choice (optional)
coconut oil (room temperature)
runny honey
1 tablespoon cinnamon (I truly love the cinnamon flavour)
1 teaspoon ground ginger
pinch of salt

Line baking sheet with baking paper and set aside.
Mix all of the dry ingredients together (if using walnuts, omit adding them before baking). Put the dry mix all over your baking sheet.
Drizzle your dry mix with honey and coconut oil, add spices and mix through. If still too dry, add more coconut oil, but not too much, you don´t want your granola to ´swim´ in oil.
Bake at 170-180°C for about 20 minutes(turning baking sheet halfway through), until lightly brown and crispy. When cooked and crunchy, let your granola to cool down, then mix in your walnuts and dried fruit. Mix it all together and store in an airtight container for up to 2-3 weeks. (They last only 1 week in my family).
Enjoy with seasonal fruit, milk of your choice or dollop of yoghurt.Mnom.

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