Several years ago, a friend showed me how to make homemade granola. It's the easiest thing, guys. I probably spend five minutes throwing the ingredients together, bake it, let it cool, and toss into a container. And there's breakfast for the week! We top it with different fruits (sliced banana, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries), chia seeds, yogurt, and almond or regular milk. Talk about a great little quick pick-me-up breakie with protein to keep you going.
- 1 pack of toasted coconut chips (I use the chips from Trader Joe's, but Whole Foods also has them) = about 1 c. I think
- 4 cups oats (just regular old-fashioned)
- 1 cup sliced almonds
- 1/2 c. pepitas
- 1/2 c. pure maple syrup (I use a smidgen more sometimes)
- 1/2 tsp. sea salt
- 3 T. coconut oil
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Smear some coconut oil evenly onto a baking sheet. In a big bowl, toss together the oats, almonds, coconut chips, pepitas, and maple syrup. Once all is evenly coated in syrup, spread the mixture onto the greased baking sheet. Sprinkle with sea salt. Bake for 25 minutes (you can toss halfway through but sometimes I'm lazy and don't).
YUM YUM! Now how's that for an easy, quick breakfast? And there are so many variations to this recipe. You can add 1/3 c. dried fruit once it's baked, you can use olive oil instead of coconut oil, cashews instead of almonds, agave instead of maple syrup, omit the coconut (although that's my favorite part!)...anything you like!
What are some of your favorite easy breakfasts? ENJOY!