Breaking the breakfast mould

Toast, fruit, yoghurt, pancakes, bacon ‘n’ egg – I do love the wealth of choice and flavour that breakfast time brings. During the last week, I’ve been experimenting with my daily start-up and have discovered some new ways to fuel my day ahead.

From rustling up Bircher-style muesli with stewed dried figs to Greek yoghurt, apple and honey, along with pancakes with blueberries and maple syrup – I’ve enjoyed every morning mouthful.

There’s something very satisfying about a home-made wake-up-call for the eyes and taste buds and recently, home-made granola has become a real hit in our house – it’s so easy to make, is filled with lots of wholesome ingredients that are good for you and best of all, can be customised to suit the tastes and textures that you like (as well as whatever you have in your larder).


Here are my guidelines for a ‘d-i-y’ dish of granola, which goes wonderfully with milk, yoghurt and even as a crunchy topping for porridge. This is the basic recipe that goes down well in Pinny Girl’s kitchen. Like more fruit than nuts? Can’t stand coconut? Shirk at the thought of seeds? Then vary the proportions if you wish– simply use it as a guide and experiment with the flavours you like the most.

Pinny Girl’s Guideline Granola

200g oats

200g nuts (Pecans, almonds, macadamias, pistachios, hazelnuts, Brazils  – anything goes!)

100g seeds (Poppy, sunflower, pumpkin, golden linseed, you name it!)

75g shredded or desiccated coconut

75m honey (or maple syrup, if you fancy – even golden syrup if you feel like it!)

75m oil (sunflower, rapeseed, olive)

200g dried fruit (Figs, dates, sultanas, cranberries, mango, apple, apricot, ginger – go nuts!)

Mix the oats, nuts, seeds, coconut, honey and oil in a bowl until well combined. Place on a baking tray in a 180 degree oven (160 fan) and spread it out evenly. Pop it in the oven for around 25 mins, checking it every 6 or 7 mins and giving it a quick turnover to avoid burnt bits. Allow to cool, then mix in your dried fruits. Pop it in an airtight jar or tub and it will keep you going for a good week!

And if you don’t fancy it crunchy, just leave out the honey and oil, don’t bake it and it becomes museli instead! However you do it, I hope it gives you a happy start to your morning.


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