I’m not a morning person. At least if compared to my husband. He is always chipper and happy when he gets up. It can be annoying. It’s like he turns on immediately and happily babbles as soon as he opens his eyes. I usually end up being the groggy monster walking slowly to the bathroom (while he is already telling me something) and looking around blindly. What did I want to do again? Oh yes, right, I wanted to take a shower!
Yes, I know I am a weirdo. I really don’t know why I sometimes forget what I wanted to do in the morning. Maybe this explains why I also prefer a very simple breakfast, which does not require a lot of preparation. I mean, seriously? Fried eggs are too much work. Anything that requires even five minutes of preparation is not going to happen. Nope, forget it.
That’s why I love cereals, müsli and granola. So simple. Pour some milk or plain yoghurt, grab a spoon and you are good to go. That’s my style. I mean, I never leave the house without having had breakfast. Or having packed breakfast. I have noticed that if I skip breakfast, it is really hard for me to deal with hunger later on. My grumpiness intensifies if I don’t eat within two hours after waking up. That’s why I love granola. So easy and so healthy.
Don’t get me wrong. Of course I know that bought cereal or granola is loaded with sugar. There is nothing healthy about that. But if you make it yourself, it is. Rolled oats (Haferflocken) are the base for this recipe. You can make it gluten free, vegan and whatnot if you want to. It has lots of nuts, you can add chia seeds and any other grain (Getreidesorte) you feel is good for you. Yes, the coat has molasses in it. Feel free to reduce the amount. I like my granola to be a bit sweet. Of course you can have it sugarfree or just sweeten later with raisins, dates or fruits. But that’s exactly what I like of this recipe. Adapt it to your style, your preferences. And it is nutritious, healthy, and really simple to make. So here is to homemade granola.
Homemade granola, basic recipe
A healthy and nutritious granola base you can adapt to your liking
Credit: Family recipe
Dry base This is one of the few recipes which I don’t use a food scale for but a coffee mug. I like to use a large coffee mug. Make sure that you use the same mug throughout the whole recipe
- 4 mugs of rolled oats (Haferflocken)
- 1 mug of coconut flakes (Kokosflocken) or ground hazelnuts or whatever ground nut you like
- 1 mug of wheat bran (Weizenkleie) or another grain you like, I often go for whole wheat flour (Vollkornmehl), you can also use quinoa, etc. to keep it gluten free
- 1 mug of ground nuts (walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, etc.)
- 3/4 mug of sunflower seeds (Sonnenblumenkerne), you can also make half of this chia seeds)
- 1/4 mug sunflower oil (Sonnenblumenöl), melted coconut oil also works
- 4 tablespoons of molasses, or honey, or maple syrup, etc. (Zuckerrübensirup oder Honig, Ahornsirup, usw.), the amount can be reduced
- 2 tablespoons butter or margarine (Butter oder Margarine)
- 1 teaspoon of salt (Salz)
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon (Zimt)
- Put all dry ingredients into a very large bowl. I use the biggest one I have.
- Mix the fats and sweeteners in a pot on the stove and bring to boil while stirring.
- Slowly pour the mix on top of the dry ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon. Make sure that all parts are evenly covered.
- Spread the whole mix on two baking sheets lined with parchment paper (Backpapier).
- Heat oven to about 110 degrees Celsius and bake for one hour. Use circulating air and make sure to switch the baking sheets after half an hour. It also helps to turn the granola upside down after half an hour so that all parts are evenly baked.
- Serve with fresh fruit, raisins, dates, milk or plain yoghurt.
- Make sure to store granola in an airtight container