Ever since I was a kid I’ve always had a hard time eating a bigger breakfast. Growing up I usually stuck to muffins, single serving yogurt or dry cereal (yeah, I had really bland taste as a kid). It wasn’t until I was about 17 or so and hanging out in a Starbucks, which was one of the more desirable loitering spots for kids with our budget, that I finally expanded my breakfast horizons.
So I’m standing in line with my friends trying to figure out which breakfast sandwich is going to be the kindest on my stomach, when I see the bunker of cold foods. There was one lonely yogurt container sitting there, and it was calling to me. To this day the Starbucks yogurt granola parfait with raspberries and peaches is one of my favorite on-the-go meals when I’m away from home.
It’s the perfect meal for someone like me who struggles with finishing a balanced breakfast each morning. As much as it’s fairly easy on the wallet, if you grab one every morning before work with your coffee it still really ads up in the end. Of course, as anyone who actually eats a balanced meal each morning would tell you, having breakfast daily like a real adult truly did get me off to such a kick ass start! (For my lazy girl ways to jump start your morning, click here!)Naturally though the cost of adding the delicious yogurt parfait into my daily coffee purchase started to add up.
Always being one to enjoy the good parts of life, but at a discounted price, I decided to start making my own at home.
I use the term “making” loosely. I bought pre-packaged muesli and granola from the grocery store, and as enjoyable as it was to try out the different flavours offered I still felt like there was more room to cut my cost somewhere. I kept hmm-ing and haa-ing over whether it would actually be cheaper to make my own from scratch or if sticking with the grocery store brand was worth the cost of the convenience.
You can see I was so clearly disinterested in my “career” at this point that the main focus of my life, was literally weighing the cost of nuts and oats.
I decided to go ahead with my experiment of making my own, and figured if it didn’t work I’d just toss it for some birds and never speak of it again. I’ve made a few batches of granola in the months since, some a bit under-roasted or a bit flavorless, but I think I’ve finally settled on a recipe I really love.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do, as always feel free to comment below!
NUTTY & SPICEY GRANOLA
Prep Time: 10 Min ⇒ Cook Time: 25 Min
2 cups Bob’s Red Mill Organic Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
4 tsp coconut oil (melted), or substitute vegetable oil if preferred
4 tsp of honey or agave (maple syrup is a fun option too!)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cardamom
1/2 cup crushed pecans (if your local bulk store charges more for the crushed or chopped pecans, just buy the whole ones toss em’ in a bag, grab a rolling pin…maybe picture your ex…and crush ’em yourself!)
1/4 cup of whole flaxseeds
1 tsp of sea salt ( for this recipe I use a lavender insfused sea salt from Especias del Sol, you can check them out here!)
- Preheat oven to a low 275 F
- Mix all ingredients together in a bowl until well blended
- Line a baking sheet with tinfoil, and spread the granola mixture evenly over the sheet.
- Bake for approx. 25 minutes or until golden brown.
Fun Tip: Bake a fresh batch a just before company comes over to make your whole house fanfreakingtastic!