Breakfast has got to be my favourite meal of the day. I was never one of those kids that couldn’t eat anything in the morning or had to be forced to nibble on a piece of toast first thing. I’ve never been one for an unhealthy breakfast either. For me it’s about fresh fruit, clean mueslis and porridge (which my Mum used to make me even though she despised it!).
Since my body decided that wheat (amoungst other things) is not a friend, I’ve had to flip my diet upside down- of course this meant some serious consideration of my favourite meal time. Thankfully I’m a keen baker, cook and nutrition nut so I’ve come up with a healthy selection of ‘me-friendly’ breakfasts to please my morning hunger. I’m trying to mix breakfast up a bit at the moment and have a few smoothies, porridge and my homemade granola throughout the week.
Of course, a breakfast smoothie is not news. A fully nutritious and delicious breakfast smoothie isn’t always an easy thing to create, though. My theory is- if it’s got a variety of different fruit in it, some fibre, calcium and is colourful, then it’s going to be good. I love experimenting with different food combinations and adding some veg for extra oomph. My last note on smoothies- cinnamon is king!
Since I first baked my homemade granola, family and friends have been bringing empty jars to our house begging for refills!! It’s fibrous, is only sweetened with honey and has the right amount of ‘good fat’ in it. Now, I’m sharing the recipe so that you too can be healthy and share that wealth with others.
My granola recipe has also been featured in Wonder Magazine this week! Wonder is an enchanting new online magazine offering stories and thoughts about the things in this world that are wondrous. Take a look at my article here and keep an eye out for more from me in Wonder Magazine in the coming weeks!
My Healthier Homemade Granola Recipe
A friend showed me how to make her breakfast granola years ago and I forgot to write down the recipe. After making this a few times I haven’t been able to stop (or been allowed to stop due to the demand of my partner!). So this is my creation that has developed over time into something quite perfect.
Healthy Morning Starters
Ingredients for a Breakfast Smoothie
2 handfuls of fresh blueberries
1 tbsp bio live yoghurt (I prefer healthy and simple Yeo Vallley)
200 ml apple juice
1 tbsp flaxseed
a sprinkle of granola (optional- but see above!)
a sprinkle of cinnamon
Ingredients for a Fruity Green Breakfast Smoothie
1/2 large pear
1 small apple (or 1/2 large apple)
1 celery stick
Some chopped ginger root
1 tbsp flaxseed
200 ml apple juice
The juice type and quantity is a matter of taste- you can use any type of juice and add the right amount depending on how thick you like your smoothie! Just try adding a bit at a time until the consistency is perfect for you. The best thing about smoothies is you can experiment and it will always taste great!
My Homemade Granola Recipe
5 tbsp vegetable or olive oil
5 tbsp clear honey
300g jumbo porridge oats
100g chopped or whole nuts
150g mixed seeds
1-2 tbsp cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 130C
Cover a baking tray in baking paper
Mix together the oil and honey until fully combined
Stir in the oats to completely coat
Add the cinnamon, nuts and seeds, stirring to incorporate
Pour onto the baking tray evenly and bake for 30-45 minutes stirring 3-4 times throughout
Leave to cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a bowl to cool
Keep in an airtight jar or container
PS. If you want to add any dried fruits, stir into the mixture 10 minutes before the end of cooking