I am not a morning person...at all. When I finally roll myself, grumbling, out of bed in the morning, I need to know that there is something satisfying waiting for me to consume immediately (on top of vast amounts of coffee). With no energy to cook, and little patience for preparation in general, cereals are my go-to breakfast. But with a lot of cereals I find myself hungry again by 10 am. Finally, my quest for a filling and easy breakfast brought me to homemade granola and starting my day has become much more smooth.
Seeing as I'm making it myself, I can add whatever I want! In this recipe I add maple syrup and honey which are short-chain carbohydrates so they give me immediate energy, oats, which are longer-chain carbohydrates (depending on the type), so they will give me more sustained energy, and almonds for a bit of protein to give me strength. This combination makes for a substantial start to the day without a huge amount of prep - just pour it in a bowl and enjoy!
4 cups rolled oats
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup almond slices
1/2 cup dried cranberries
Here's how to make it yourself: Preheat your oven to 325°. Mix your wet ingredients in a large bowl then pour in salt, oats, and almonds in. Mix everything thoroughly coating the almonds and oats well.
Spread this mixture out on a shallow baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. I like to leave any lumps that I see on the sheet because they bake together making super crunchy clusters - yum!
After ten minutes are up, remove sheet from the oven and mix the granola around then bake for another 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool! It will get crunchier as it cools. Add cranberries!
Store in an airtight container and use within 2 weeks. Freeze for longer storage. The best part about this recipe is that it makes enough for the week! Prepare on your weekend and you'll have enough breakfast to get you through the week. I eat mine like cereal with almond milk, but you could treat it as a snack if you would rather have a little boost during the day.
Julia & the Sunflower Family
P.s. Every ingredient in this recipe is from Sunflower! Stop in soon if you want to try it yourself!
* Post and pictures by Julia Berry.