Breakfast is one of my favorite moments of the day. Grabbing a bowl of granola and just wake up with some music after meditating. No news, no radio presenters screaming through my machine and most definitely no questions (not even the easiest ones). Besides, it’s healthy according to several scientists. (happy dance) I’ve listed the most important benefits for you:
- It gives a better balance and spread of the food.
- More energy over the day which leads to higher productivity.
- Fewer cravings for snacks in between meals. Although some fruit or a piece of black chocolate is just fine!
- For me the most important benefit is that you have a calm moment in the morning. No cellphone, radio or other distraction. Just me and my breakfast. That means that taking your time to eat breakfast reduces your stress levels. Definitely with the fifteen minutes less sleep! (By the way, I have another post with some more tips to reduce your stress.)
But of course it’s hard to know whether it’s really eating breakfast that makes people healthy. But what I CAN say is that when you wake up, the blood sugar your body needs to make your head and body work, is very low. By eating a good breakfast your sugar will increase, which means your productivity will too.
On top of all these benefits, what is better than a room filled with the smell of baked granola? It’s a tiny bit of heaven on earth. And making it is such a small effort, that makes your life a whole lot easier. On Sunday (baking day) I prepare a big jar filled to the top. It takes me 30 minutes tops and I don’t have to worry about my breakfast during the week. Yum.. Crispy, sweet and tasty granola.
Duration: 10 minutes preparation, 20 minutes in the oven
Amount: one big jar, I think it’s two liters (it’s enough for a whole week, if you don’t nibble to much during the day.)
Tip: all the nuts and seeds I use are biological and raw (not salted, baked or anything else)
what you need
200 grams oat-flakes
175 grams nut mix (mine consists of walnuts, almonds, Brazil nuts, hazelnuts and cashews)
Seeds: 20 grams linseed, 20 grams chiaseeds, 30 grams pumpkin seeds and 30 grams sunflower seeds (If you like you can also add 20 grams sesame seeds) As a matter of fact you can use any seeds you like in the amounts you prefer.
2 ripe bananas
4 tablespoons liquid honey
3 tablespoons neutral oil (I normally use sunflower oil)
Spices: 1.5 to 2 teaspoons cinnamon; 1 teaspoon nutmeg and 1 teaspoon cardamom
how you make it
1 | preheat your oven to 175° (350 °F) and cover the baking sheet with parchment paper.
2 | coarsely chop the nuts. I like some big pieces so I don’t crush them completely.
3 | toss all the ingredients in a big bowl and mingle it together until everything is covered in the oil and honey.
4 | spread the mixture over the baking sheet and put it in the oven.
5 | I mostly bake it for 15 to 20 minutes. It depends on how baked you like it. No matter how long you keep it in the oven, make sure to mingle every 4 minutes so it’ll bake equally and won’t stick together too much.
6 | remove the plate from the oven and let it cool.
7 | everything in a jar and ready you are!
Tip: after baking and cooling, I like to put small chocolate drips (which are normally used for baking) in the granola. It goes perfectly with the banana and the nuts.
Tip: You can throw anything in your mixture before baking but also after baking, that’s the coolest thing about granola. Fruit, nuts, coconut and so on. Experiment, taste and try something else.