It happens so often that I skip breakfast because I feel busy, feel the need to finish some work I left unfinished the day before or I just don’t feel like eating yet..and then when the morning is half gone, around 10.30am or so, it kicks in, comes back in my face. I get hungry, agitated and have a lack of energy. Yep I skipped breakfast again..Recognize any of this? Since breakfast is the meal to kickstart your day I felt I needed to change that nasty little habit of skipping breakfast. And that’s when this super tasty homemade granola came to mind. I can almost say I’m looking forward to haveing breakfast now ;)…just kidding…but this granola is just too good to skip!
A granola energy-bomb for breakfast!
This blood orange honey granola is really easy to make. Basically it’s baking a load of oats and a !#$%load of nuts in a coconut oil + blood orange + honey sauce in the oven! In my Cranberry Oatmeal Cake recipe I posted earlier, I mentioned that a recent longterm study proved Oats to be extremely healthy and adding to a longer life. So that’s good right, #1 ingredient are oats!
This granola is just crammed with healthy nuts! Almond, Pecan, Walnut, Cashew nut, Brazil nut and Hazelnut isn’t thatt nuts!? I know what you’re thinking. What’s this granola gonna cost? I made an an entire ovensheet at once, so you’ll have enough granola that’ll last a while. So initially you might think it’s a bit costly, but you’ll have a lot of it. Besides, nuts are a rich source of all kinds of the healthy, good-for-you stuff and that’s worth something! Nuts are full of proteins, vitamins, omega-3 and 6 and are not only extremely tasty but they give your day a good energyboost! Check this BBC post about the health benefits of all sorts of nuts!
Maybe it’s too much, but this granola had to be the healthiest, full of energy, tasty, best breakfast I’ve ever had so only nuts just weren’t good enough :-). To add more vitamins and minerals to my glorious, crunchy mix of greatness I will be stuffing in my face every morning from now on, I added sunflower and pumpkin seeds! Yay! More crunch, more vitamins, more minerals and more taste! If you start to think this is a little too much, just leave them out, but I can assure you I’m a happy fella every morning since I eat this granola for breakfast :-).
Making this granola fresh and sweet!
I only recently discovered them (shame)…blood oranges! Wow, how tasty are these citrus fruits! Fresh, sweet, sour, a little bit of everything. They do taste like oranges, yet so different. I think I fell in love with blood oranges. I found out that a small Turkish shop in my neighbourhood sells them, while the big supermarkets around don’t!? crazy! So I bought them, tried them and they had to be part of my healthy granola breakfast plan. Blood oranges are packed with vitamins and antioxidants, isn’t that awesome?
I believe this granola is slowly becoming a healthy homemade little energy-bomb. To give the granola a taste of blood orange I mixed the zest with the nuts and oats The juice, together with coconut oil and honey, get heated in a saucepan, mixed together and turned into a blood orange- coconut oil – honey sauce. The sauce gets mixed with the nuts and oats and makes sure the granola gets baked crispy, sticky and tastes like fresh blood oranges!
To top it off, you can add a large handfull of dried cranberries after the granola is baked and has colled down. I used cranberries, because they go reaaly well with the taste of the nuts and blood oragen. But of course, you can use any fruit you like!
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The Granola Recipe
- ½ pound (250gr) Rolled Oats
- ⅓ pound (150gr) Mixed unsalted, unroasted nuts (walnut, pecan, almond, hazelnut, brazil nut)
- 1 ounce (25gr) Pumpkin seeds
- 1 ounce (25gr) Sunflower seeds
- Zest of 3 blood oranges
- A large handfull of dried cranberries, or as you like
- 1½ tbsp Coconut Oil
- Juice of 4 blood oranges
- 3 ounce (75gr) Honey
- In a small saucepan bring to a boil the coconut oil, blood orange juice and honey. Remove from heat when it starts to boil.
- Preheat the oven to 395°F (200°C)
- In a large bowl mix together the nuts, seeds, rolled oats and the blood orange zest.
- Pour the sauce over it and mix well untill all oats are covered/sticky.
- Evenly spread the Granola onto a bakingsheet lined with baking paper.
- Then put the granola in the oven for 3 x 5 minutes. Toss the granola after every 5 minutes.
- Keep a watch inthe last five minutes, it can go fast and you don't want it to burn.
- Let the granola cool down completely and add the cranberries
- Store in a airtight jar or container, you can keep it for at least 2-3 weeks (maybe even longer)
- Enjoy with curd, milk or (greek) yogurt!