One of the most important things to do if you want to live a healthier, happier and more fulfilling lifestyle is to eat breakfast every morning. This is something that I struggled with throughout high school and during the transition into university. Once I found an easy staple breakfast and stopped eating so late at night, eating breakfast every morning became simple and essential, and I found that my energy throughout the day improved significantly.
The staple breakfast that I have most mornings is greek yogurt with granola and some fruit, fresh or frozen depending on the season and my current budget. I got this idea when I was starting university from my Grandma, who had yogurt with granola and a bit of honey in the mornings. Then I found out that this was the staple breakfast for many people who wanted easy and healthy breakfasts to kick their days into gear. I think that it is reminiscent of cereal with milk and fruit, so it’s nostalgic but a lot healthier and more satisfying.
The only downside is that most granola brands that are sold in our grocery stores are full of sugar. Though this may make the granola taste great, having a bunch of sugar in the morning can leave you with a sweet tooth for the rest of the day. This leads to cravings and energy crashes, which is exactly what we were trying to avoid by having this healthy breakfast in the first place….
So I decided to try making my own granola recipe. This keeps in an airtight container in my pantry or fridge (depending on how much I’m compulsively thinking about bacteria growth that week). I love this apple cinnamon recipe because it reminds me of apple crisp, and who doesn’t want to have apple crisp for breakfast everyday? Plus, the combination of the apple cinnamon flavours with maple and pecans is just to die for. I love having it with vanilla yogurt and frozen blueberries, so I get to have blueberry apple crisp a la mode for breakfast, and then I’m the happiest camper for the rest of the day.
- 1 1/2 cups oats
- 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 tbsp oil (coconut, olive, avocado, etc.)
- 1/4 cup half maple syrup and half honey
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 3/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup chopped pecans
- Preheat oven to 325*F
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl
- Line baking sheet with parchment paper
- Dump granola over baking sheet and gently spread into an even layer
- Bake in preheated oven for 13-15 minutes
- Mix granola; for chunkier granola be more gentle, for thinner granola mix generously
- Place back into the oven for another 13-15 minutes
- Allow to cool before eating (hot sugar and oil can burn your mouth badly!)
- The oats have complex carbohydrates that are great for blood pressure and satiety
- The nuts are packed with protein and vitamin E which helps repair all the hardworking cells in your body
- The cinnamon has amazing anti-inflammatory properties, which is amazing for those with chronic pain issues like myself
- Using iodized salt in the recipe helps to keep your thyroid (and therefore your metabolism) working efficiently
- The antioxidants in the apple sauce helps reduce the risk of cancer, diabetes, hypertension and heart disease