What do you usually eat for breakfast? Breakfast was not a part of my regular meals for the longest time. My breakfast used to be a huge cup of coffee. If I was hungry, I would put flavored creamer in my coffee with extra sugar and if I wasn’t too hungry, just a splash of milk was enough. I know, a super unhealthy habit. Everyone who is close to me knows I am not a morning person. I have just enough energy to wake myself up to get ready for work and make a cup of coffee. Honestly, having a decent conversation or interacting with me in the morning is a pretty challenging thing to do. I would like to think that I am a pretty happy and upbeat person. It is just hard to see that before 9 in the morning. Who am I kidding… let’s just say 10.
Then I met my hubby who truly believes that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. He actually doesn’t eat breakfast every day, but that is because of his odd work schedule. I had a very difficult time eating breakfast at first. My stomach would hurt all day simply because my body wasn’t used to it, and it was so tiresome to make something in the morning. That’s when I started to eat cereal and learned the hard way I’m lactose intolerant. So I ventured out to those individual packets of oatmeal, but they weren’t my favorite choice during spring and summer. I wanted something light and fresh. That’s when I discovered greek yogurt!
Oh, how I love greek yogurt and yogurt! I actually like the plain yogurt the best because I love a tangy flavor that is not masked by anything else. So I started to have yogurt with fresh fruit and a little drizzle of honey as my breakfast. I would cut up all the fruit the day before, so there was a minimum amount of work in the morning. But it was missing something…I thought it’d be perfect to have little crunch…like granola!!!
After numerous taste testing trials of store-bought and homemade granola, I finally found one that I liked! This recipe is adapted from Vanilla Almond Granola by Sally’s Baking Addiction. I loved her original recipe but I absolutely adore the flavor mixture of maple syrup and honey. And I know I can use some extra fiber in my diet, so I added some ground flaxseed. This granola is an all-natural, chemical-free, clean snack that can add extra “oomph” to your breakfast yogurt!
Clean Eating Granola
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Cook Time: 40 mins
- Total Time: 50 mins
- Yield: 4 cups 1x
- Category: Breakfast
- 2 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 3/4 cup raw almond, chopped (you can also use slivered almonds and/or sliced almonds)
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup coconut oil (liquid form)
- 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 300F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, add coconut oil, maple syrup, honey, and vanilla extract and mix.
- In a large bowl, mix all the rest of the ingredients.
- Pour liquid ingredients into dry ingredients. Mix well to coat all the dry ingredients.
- Spread onto the baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.
- Take the sheet out of the oven and stir and bake for another 15 minutes.
- Turn off the oven and stir the granola mixture once more.
- Place the sheet in the oven that is turned off, and leave it there for an additional 10 minutes.
- Let it cool and keep it in an air-tight container at room temperature.
Recipe adopted from “Vanilla Almond Granola” by Sally’s baking additiction