The amount of holidays that we have had in South Africa is starting to get ridiculous and I fear that when everything returns to normal, it is going to be difficult to deal with a full week of work, routine, driving the kids around, homework etc.
The perfect part about time off – even if I have to go into work – is the late start to the day and the leisurely breakfasts that come with that luxury.
My favourite breakfast?
I don’t buy it, although I am sure that there are some wonderful brands out there, because I like to customise my granola according to my mood and therefore I make it myself.
I’ll share my recipe with you here – remember that granola is a very forgiving food (we could all learn from it actually) and you can’t actually go wrong if you change the amounts or add or subtract ingredients.
- Melt together ½ cup honey with ½ cup peanut butter (unless you have a peanut allergy – then you can use any other nut butter or use more coconut oil to make up the difference – it still works either way) and 3 tablespoons of coconut oil (chocolate addicts, you can add 2 tablespoons, or more I guess, of chocolate spread)
- Pour this mixture over 2 cups of raw, rolled/steel cut oats and about a cup of nuts of your choice
- I also add pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and flax seeds to this mix
- Mix together until well coated and spread on a baking tray and bake at 160°C
- Please keep an eye on your granola while it is baking and take it out as soon as it is looking brown and toasty but before it gets too dark and yucky.
- Leave it to cool and then go overboard adding your extras – throw on dried fruit, raisins, shredded coconut, goji berries – whatever you have or whatever you like (chocolate people – this is where you can add chocolate chips, chocolate covered peanuts, chocolate covered raisins – see where I am going?)
- Pour everything into a container, mix it all up well and enjoy with yoghurt, milk or on its own. I like to drizzle a little extra honey on top – it makes my day that little bit sweeter!
Because this is a stress blog, I feel responsible to tell you how amazing this granola is for helping you to help your body to manage your stress.
Here are some of the benefits of the ingredients in granola:
- Oats apparently boost serotonin levels which make you feel calmer and happier. It also keeps your blood sugar balanced which is important for keeping your mood balanced.
- Nuts are known to lower cholesterol, reduce inflammation and counteract negative effects of stress – almonds in particular are rich in vitamin E (anti-inflammatory) and vitamin B (makes you more resilient to stress). Walnuts will improve your memory (and I know that we could all use a little bit of that!)
- Berries are rich in anti-oxidants and vitamin C which also helps your body to cope better with stress
- Of course chocolate is full of all kind of good things but we know that eating chocolate improves your mood and is good for your heart (yes, really!)
- Honey boosts your immune system, is anti-bacterial and probiotic – good for infections and digestive health.
- Coconut oil is the ultimate superfood – if you believe all the hype around it, it cures everything! Including stress – I’ll take that!