Not only do I agree with the assertion that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but I would go further and say that it has the power to make or break a weekend. A good breakfast of french toast, or pancakes, or huevos rancheros, or just a full English (I could go on) can really set you up for an awesome day of fun in a way that soggy cereal or a limp piece of toast really just doesn’t.
Unfortunately, in the week I don’t the luxury of time to have sit down to such a feast (or rather: I choose my duvet over eggs), and have to resort to breakfast hunched over my desk whilst desperately trying to catch up with emails and hoping no one talks to me until I at least have my coffee in my hand.
There are things I can do to soften that blow – and when I discovered this homemade chocolate coconut granola recipe in the Vintage Tea Party recipe book by the elegantly named Angel Adoree, I knew that I would be breakfasting on this for years to come. It’s really easy to make, chockful of goodness, but with a side portion of sin. Like all the best things in life.
240g (8 1/2 oz) rolled oats
175g (6oz) flaked almonds
70g (2 1/2 oz) shredded unsweetened coconut
70g (2 1/2 oz) dark brown sugar
40g (1 1/2 oz) unsweetened cocoa powder
90ml (3fl oz) honey
50ml (2fl oz) vegetable oil
1 tsp ground cinnamon
3/4 tsp salt
1. Preheat the oven to 120 deg C
2. In a large bowl, mix together all the ingredients up to and including the sugar.
3. In a separate bowl, mix all the rest of the ingredients together.
4. Combine the 2 bowls, then pour onto two lined baking sheets.
5. Put in the oven for an hour and a quarter – stir even 15 minutes or so, to stop it baking together in one big lump.
6. Serve up with yoghurt and fresh fruit. Start your day!
I normally also throw in a few handfuls of whatever selection of nuts and seeds I have in my cupboards (pumpkin seeds work really well), and I have only just found somewhere near me that sells shredded coconut – although it says not to, I have made it with dessicated coconut several times, and no one has died as yet. So the moral of this story is, to make granola you can chuck a load of things you like together, mix it with honey and cocoa, bake it, et voila. Good, eh?
Today’s quote is from the White Queen in Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.