Despite popular opinion, I don’t actually eat cake for breakfast. Well, banana bread and muffins don’t count as cake do they?
I love to start my day off with a (reasonably) healthy breakfast. My average, everyday breakfast is usually sourdough toast with peanut butter or my homemade macadamia granola with fruit and greek yoghurt.
I think it’s important to know what’s in your cereal. Do you know exactly how much sugar you are eating? Most would be horrified to learn that a bowl of Nutrigrain cereal can have as much sugar as a donut!
My recipe for Macadamia Granola doesn’t use any added sugars, which can be a common ingredient in other granola recipes. I don’t heap spoonfuls of brown sugar to caramelise, but you do get a sweet burst from the spices, vanilla and honey. It’s definitely not as sweet as a store bought cereal, however with yoghurt and honey on top or extra fruit you really won’t miss the sweetness.
- ⅓ cup whole macadamias
- 2 tablespoons honey
- ½ teaspoon vanilla bean paste
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1-2 cups dried fruit, nuts, coconut shavings, any other mix-ins like flak seeds, chia seeds etc
- Preheat oven to 160 degrees fan forced. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
- Using a food processor or blender, whizz the whole macadamias until they resemble a paste. The macadamias will reduce down to about ¼ cup macadamia butter.
- In a microwave safe bowl, add macadamia butter, honey, cinnamon and vanilla bean and microwave for 30 seconds. Stir mixture to combine.
- Add rolled oats to a large bowl and stir in wet macadamia butter mixture until combined into little clumps.
- Spread oat mixture out onto baking tray and bake in the oven for 15 minutes.
- Remove tray from the oven and leave to cool. When granola has cooled, mix in the 1-2 cups of dried fruit, nuts or other mix-ins.
- Store granola in an airtight container.
- Don’t like macadamias? You can replace the macadamia butter with 1/4 cup of another nut butter. I love to use a light peanut butter spread.
- Don’t have honey? You can substitute for maple syrup or agave nectar.
- What can I use as a mix in? Anything you like! I use 2 cups of dried fruit and nut mix that you can purchase pre-mixed from the supermarket. Add in as much or as little as you like, but more mix-ins will bulk out the granola and the servings will stretch further.
- How long does it keep? I keep mine in a large air-tight glass jar and it can keep for about 2 weeks. I’m sure you could keep it for longer but I always eat mine before then.