In the evening after the kids go to bed myself and the husband usually watch an episode of whatever TV program we are watching. I guess it’s supposed to be a bit of husband and wife time when we sit holding hands or I lay down on the couch with my legs on his lap and romantically (silently) watch tv. Some days of the week after a busy day we would actually be quiet not because we are ignoring each other but because we are safe and content just holding hands and being beside each other. Last week we were watching Mr Selfridge on Netflix. Have you seen it? Isn’t it good? I would have watched it all day long if only I could. Unfortunately we’re finished the third season and recording the forth on TV now. Could my couch time with Mr Selfridge possibly relate to this Homemade Go Nuts Granola? It is related. The spirit of Selfridges has captured and inspired me to be fearless with my ambitions and dreams. There was few episodes where the breakfast table seemed to be a silent prop for the developing plot and everyone seemed to be eating breakfast all the time. My hubby is a big breakfast fan, He loves his breakfast. At one stage he almost had me convinced that he was going to open a breakfast restaurant were all that was served was breakfast, breakfasts from all over the world from early morning ’till late night. Just as a matter of interest, do you think that would be a good idea? Would you go there at 3 in the afternoon or 11 at night for a stack of pancakes, a selection of fresh warm breads, pastries, an omelette or a big fry up with freshly brewed coffee that’s topped up regularly? If enough of you think it’s a good idea he may just do it someday. He’s a big dreamer of big breakfast. He recently promised me a breakfast get-together on a Saturday morning where he’ll prepare a big table of pancakes, muffins, Porridge, Smoothies, Bacon, Sausages, boiled eggs and who knows what?! (No sign of that actually happening yet).
But You see I’ve made it happen, or my own version at least. I put a whole lot of different foods on the table too but instead of cooking 20 different breakfasts I cooked them all together in one breakfast. Oats, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, desiccated coconut, sunflower seeds, dried figs, dates, currants and coconut oil. Toast all in the oven for a few minutes, store in an air tight container and sprinkle over some natural Greek yogurt, top with banana and strawberries, simply wonderful. This has to be the fastest homemade healthy breakfast you’ll have. With no added sugar whatsoever. I also added some cinnamon to it but feel free to add your own flavours to your granola and whichever seeds you may have at hand. Adding plenty of seeds provides a good amount of vitamins and minerals that you need to start your day. I added almost more seeds than oats but again you can add less seeds and more oats. There is no rule about adding currants, figs or dates, but you should think texture when making granola. Soft, crunchy and sweet, they all combine for a good taste and texture.
See? There’s no need for a big table of 20 different kinds of breakfast that you get very little nutrients from. Instead an appropriately sized breakfast with plenty of goodness. This stuff is good, believe me if I didn’t keep a close eye on the jar it would have disappeared very fast with all the secret nibblers and crunchers in my house. It’s a delightful, textural breakfast with yogurt (probiotics) and seeds (vit E, essential fats, fiber, omega 3) and topped with banana (pre-biotics) and strawberries (vit C).
Homemade Go Nuts Granola
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
2 cups Porridge oats
1/2 cup Pumpkin Seeds
1/2 cup Sunflower Seeds
1/2 Sesame Seeds
1/2 Cup Dates
1/2 cup Figs
6 table spoon of coconut oil
1 table spoon of cinnamon
- Preheat oven at 180C
- Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl.
- Rub the coconut oil all over the oats.
- Spread granola evenly onto the parchment lined baking pan and bake for 20-25 minutes until golden, stirring halfway through.
- Let granola cool completely on the baking sheet before storing in an airtight container.
- Serve with milk, yogurt, fruit, or enjoy plain.
If you give this recipe a try, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it (once you’ve tried it), and don’t forget to tag a picture#everydaycookingwithmira on Instagram so we can see what you come up with. In fact, let me know what you think of Mr Selfridge as well.