Homemade Oat Granola

This is another of my favourite Oat breakfasts! It is much quicker to prepare than porridge and believe me, once you try the homemade granola it will be difficult to go back to the store bought ones.

The honey gives the oats a rich golden colour and a delicious crunch. Eaten with greek yoghurt, this is a real treat!

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

  • 150gms jumbo rolled oats (approx 2 cups)
  • 1 tbspn sunflower oil
  • 3 tbspn pure honey
  • 1tspn vanilla essence
  • 25gms pumpkin seeds
  • 25gms sunflower seeds
  • 50gms almonds
  • 50gms pecan nuts

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 130degrees C
  2. Mix all the ingredients and place on a baking tray lined with grease proof paper.
  3. Place the tray in the center of the oven for 15mins. Stir through. Bake for another 15mins.
  4. Let the granola cool before placing in an air tight container.

Notes/Substitutes

  1. I love pecan nuts and almonds but this will taste equally good with brazil nuts or hazel nuts.
  2. Add raisins or chopped dates to granola once cooled.
  3. Maple syrup can also be used instead of honey.

Warm Winter Porridge

Call me weird but I absolutely LOVE porridge. There’s nothing better on a cold day than to wake up to a bowl of warm & creamy porridge. In fact, while traveling to USA and Canada, I’ve left a trail of Oats and Almond Milk in my wake.

I go through phases of ‘fruit preference’ and I was on banana while writing this recipe, hence that’s what I’ve used here. I also love the extra texture & crunch that pistachios provide. You can use any nut of your preference.

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

  • 1/2cup jumbo rolled oats (not the quick cooks ones)
  • 1/2banana
  • A pinch of cinnamon
  • 10 pistachios, roughly chopped
  • 1/2cup almond milk (or any milk of your preference)
  • 1/2cup water

Directions

  1. Bring milk, water,rolled oats and banana to a boil in a pot.
  2. Turn the heat down so the milk just simmers.
  3. Add cinnamon and cook oats for 4-5mins, stirring continuously (Stirring oats regularly makes it nice and creamy)
  4. Transfer cooked oats to a bowl and sprinkle with pistachios.
  5. Enjoy the creamy and crunchy porridge!!

Notes/Substitutes

  1. If you want sweeter porridge, add brown sugar in step 1. For a healthier option, add 1 chopped date or 1 chopped dried fig instead of sugar.
  2. Add apple or pear instead of banana.
  3. Throw in a few berries on the top for a more colourful and healthier breakfast!