I’ve got through January by quaffing wine and eating copious amounts of cake. I’ve felt like I’m heading into hibernation rather than a new year fitness goddess – I ran, once – and my waistline has duly expanded to prove the point. So it’s time to sort out the diet and fill my bod with good stuff. Starting with breakfast. Normally breakfast consists of coffee on the go. No more I tell you! With great granola recipe at the ready and oodles of natural yoghurt and melon stocked in the fridge, it’s time to get fit n’ healthy.
Great Granola Recipe
This energy-boosting granola recipe is a Give Learn Enrich version of the one on BBC Good Food. It promises to be an energy-boosting start to the day. Watch this space, FitBit.
What Goes In
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 125ml maple syrup
- 2 tbsp runny honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
- 300g rolled oats
- 50g sunflower seed
- 4 tbsp sesame seeds
- 50g pumpkin seeds
- 100g flaked almonds
- 100g dried berries – I used a mix of blueberries, cranberries, cherries, apricots and sultanas
How To Make Great Granola
- Heat your oven to 150C/fan 130C/gas 2.
- Mix the oil, maple syrup, honey and vanilla in a large bowl. Tip in all the remaining ingredients, except the dried fruit and mix well.
- Tip the granola onto a large baking tray and spread evenly.
- Bake for 15 mins, then mix in the dried fruit.
- Bake for 10-15 mins more.
- Remove and scrape onto a flat tray to cool.
- My favourite serving is to put cubed melon in a bowl, add a couple of dollops of greek natural yoghurt and sprinkle this gorgeous granola over the top. You can simply pour over cold milk if you’re in a rush!
- If you can resists eating the granola in one sitting (the above measures give 15 portions!), it can be stored in an airtight container for up to a month.