I am not a breakfast person. At all. I have never been and probably I will never be one. When I went to high school my parents always tried to make me eat a proper breakfast, but I always preferred to just drink a coffee or nothing at all. It might be related to the fact that I need two hours in the morning until I feel like a person, or that I have to rush in the mornings because I have overslept (I am not just not a breakfast person, but also definitely not a morning person). The only time in my life when I ate breakfast regularly was when I lived in a homestay in Chile with a very sweet old lady who got very upset when I didn’t eat her pan con palta (palta = avocado in Chileanian Spanish). However, I know it is unhealthy to skip breakfast and I really intend to change this habit. This is why, I try to pre-prepare something in the evenings, so I just need to wake up and eat it in the mornings. One of my favorite things is selfmade granola because it is filling, healthy, super delicious, but the best thing about it is that you can vary it everytime you make one. One time you can add all kind of seeds, another time you can make it more nut based, top it with goji berries or dark choloate or raisins… or just mix all together. I came to the idea to prepare my own granola when I was in Greece and went into a juice shop where they offered among others one of the tastiest granola I have ever tried. Amazed by the taste of this fresh and sugarfree version, I thought: “Yep, I need to try it myself!” Well, ever since there is always a jar with fresh granola in our household (Ever since = Since a month). Even my boyfriend likes it, he tends to just pick out the nuts, but anyway.. It fits very well with fresh fruits, milk (plantbased) and/or yogurt (my favorite is soy-coconut), but I also use it as soup topping and on salads.
- 3 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup mixed nuts
- 1 cup line seeds
- 1/2 cup chia seeds
- 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/2 cup psyllium seeds
- 1 cup goji berries
- 3 tbsp coconut oil
- 2 tbsp date or agave syrup
- optional: dark chocolate (add afterwards), quinoa flakes, sesame seeds..
How to prepare:
- Preheat the oven on 180 °C
- Mix all ingredients except for the goji berries in a baking dish and mix it very well.
- Add coconut oil and syrup and mix it again. The coconut oil might be hard, so it would be a good idea to heat it up a bit before. Use your hand for the mixing process, it gets a bit messy, but also totally worth it. Spread it in a thin layer either in a baking dish or on a baking sheet
- Then, put the mixture in the oven and bake it for approx. 10-15 minutes
- Let it bake until the oats get a slight brown color then take it out and let it cool down
- Add goji berries/ and or dark chocolate in the end. You can also add the goji berries from the beginning, but they get a bit bitter during the baking
Note: this recipe is really about your own taste preferences and it is very easy to vary it depending what you fancy.