Homemade Gran-oh-la Recipe

 

Granola is quick and easy to make and is so much cheaper and healthier to make it at home rather than buy it from the shops.

Granola is perfect for breakfast or to eat as a snack throughout the day. Consisting of rolled oats, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, coconut oil and agave syrup baked in the oven until nice and golden to give it that perfect crunch. Whats great about Granola is that it is totally customizable, you can pretty much add anything to it once you have the base of oats and syrup.

A bowl full of granola can be packed full with natural nutrients, it’s so flavorful and delicious. No matter what combination you choose you can’t go wrong.

By adding in fresh fruit after rather than using dried fruit can help cut down on the sugar intake. We also used agave syrup instead of using brown sugar keeping the sugar down and creating an even more healthier go-to-snack.

I had always been worried about making Granola, thinking that It was hard to make or that it had too much sugar in it. But, it really was simple to make and enjoyed by all the family.

Once made, store it in an air tight container in the cupboard.

Granola

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

Wet Ingredient

  • 1 Cup Maple Syrup/Brown Sugar (Coconut sugar) Honey or Agave Syrup
  • 1/2 Cup Coconut Oil
  • 3 Tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract

Dry Ingredients

  • 4 Cups Organic Rolled Oats
  • 1 Cup Dessicated Coconut
  • 1 Cup Mixed Nuts and Seeds (I used walnuts, sunflower seeds, flaxseed, cacao nibs, pumpkin seeds)
  • 1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
  • 1/2 Cup Raisins or fruit
  • 1/2 Cup Sliced Almonds

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven at 160

  2. Melt all of the wet ingredients on the hob. 
  3. Place the dry ingredients in a large bowl and add in the wet ingredients. Mix together until all coated.
  4. Line baking tray with baking paper and coat the granola mixture evenly over the paper
  5. Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes or until golden. Mix it all up half way through, I added some more Agave Syrup so that it clumped together

I prefer to eat my granola with natural yoghurt and fresh berries and my children liked eating there’s at lunch time on its own.

Granola is perfect to eat at anytime of the day.

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Breakfast Survival

Do you struggle with your children in the morning to get them to eat their breakfast?

My mornings are like competing a mini obstacle course when it comes to organising the boys, with three boys all under the age of 11, it’s not an easy task!

  • First I have to awake them from their warm comfy beds, which is survival in itself having to enter their bedrooms (the youngest would happily stay there all morning)
  • Secondly I have to get them all washed and dressed
  • Then I have to prepare their pack lunches, trying to put a balance of healthy foods and snacks in them

Whilst I am doing this all 3 of them will be climbing up the banisters, hanging from door ways, shouting at each other and trying to get past me to the back door so they can go out for a morning jump on the trampoline (My house is like a Jungle full of monkeys)

  • Then I have to get them all to sit down at the  table to eat their breakfast cereal, but only after they have raided the cupboard for their choice of breakfast.

This is the only time in the morning that they are calm and sitting down and it’s the only time from when they have woken up that I may get a chance to sip my coffee (which by now is cold!)

  • Once breakfast has been consumed, teeth have been brushed, book bags been checked and any last minute work added to the homework/reading books we are ready to leave the house.

Having a nutritional breakfast is an important part of the day, it sets you up for the rest of the day. The boys need to eat something that is quick but filling to get them through their tough morning at school til lunch time. I always make sure that we have a good selection of cereals for the boys, our cupboard is always full of cereal boxes their favourite being Shreddies.

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According to new research by Nestle Cereals, 70% of families have less than an hour to get ready for school, I totally agree with this and the more children you have to get ready the harder the routine gets, But we always make time to eat out breakfast! Eating their cereal means that they are getting a good start to the day and taking in important nutrients like fibre, vitamins and minerals.

Did you know that Shreddies contain 8 vitamins and minerals, and are low in saturated fats and are a great source of fibre?

Did you know that Cheerios are a great source of 9 vitamins and minerals including iron, calcium and vitamin D?

Celebrity Mum, Marina Fogle, says: ” Just like most families, sometimes we find it hard to navigate the jungle of the morning routine. But, however busy we are, making time for a nutritious breakfast is a key. A bowl of cereal is not just quick and easy but a source of important nutrients my family needs to start the day in a nutritious balanced way.”

“My husband is best known for travelling to remote locations and being a survival expert, putting himself through his paces, but back at home I’m a survival expert as a mum!”

To support other parents looking for help to survive the jungle of family breakfast, Marina has teamed up with Nestle Cereals to launch ‘Breakfast Survival Guide’, full of tips and advice.

 HOW ELSE CAN I GET MY ESSENTIAL VITAMINS?

How about eating some bugs! Did you know that bugs, grubs and plants from the jungle are packed with vitamins and minerals!

Kids love eating weird and wacky things, A Mopane Caterpillar is a good source of iron and the root of a Bulrush might be a great way get your fibre, or you could eat 100 Jewel Beetles for a great source of calcium.

We was invited along to A breakfast Survival event run by Nestle Cereals, where we got to go on an exciting exhibition through the jungle of the family breakfast routine. The boys had a blast meeting some wonderful creepy crawlies, tasting some of the alternative choices of a jungle cereal and we even got to meet Marina Fogle and renowned nutritionist, Juliette Kellow who were around to answer any of our questions.

Jak tasting a BBQ bamboo worm
Jak tasting a BBQ bamboo worm

 

Holding a Millipede
Holding a Millipede

 

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What breakfast would you prefer?

The eldest and I tasted all of the bugs, they wasn’t as bad as i thought they would be but we still would prefer to eat a bowl of cheerios any day! Whilst we was tucking away into our nutritional helping of bugs, Joseph was sitting in the next room tucking into a bowl of his favourite Shreddies.

Not only does Nestle Cereal make the perfect choice of breakfast but they are also ideal to put into pack lunches for the children to snack on.

Do you have any tip to make mornings that little bit easier? Why not share them on twitter using the hashtag #BreakfastSurvival

We was invited along to the event for the purpose of this post, thank you to Red Consultancy and Nestle for a lovely interesting and yummy afternoon.

 

 

 

 

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Colour Me In Rice Krispies project with Britmums #ColourMeInRK

Design your own Rice Krispies Box

BritMums has teamed up with Kellogg’s to host a fabulous competition for our children to unleash their creativity and to make breakfast time a bit more fun. Kellogs have replaced the regular front of its Rice Krispies boxes with a colour-in Snap, Crackle and Pop, so children can decorate the characters and personalise their breakfast.

We was sent a large box of colour me in rice krispies and a bumper colouring case which includes 58 different pens, pencils, glitter glues and markers, all the boys had to do was decorate the box with their own personal touch.

Jak and Joseph quickly got stuck in colouring, stamping and glueing. Joseph’s favourite part was putting all the glitter glue all over the box as he really enjoys the messy part of art. Jak has been doing pop art in school so he decided he wanted to test what he has learnt on to snap, cackle and pops faces. My boys really enjoy doing art and i am always encouraging them to do some drawing or painting so this competition was right up their street. They stuck on jewels and put glitter all over the box now our breakfast in the morning couldn’t be more sparkly and colourful. The boys had lots of fun colouring and designing their own personalised breakfast cereal box, Joseph now wants to eat Rice Krispies every morning and they now look forward to waking up to their bright breakfast.

So here is our entrant into the Britmums and kellogs competition

We even made some yummy Rice Krispies marshmallow cakes, they went down a treat especially after all the hard work the boys put into colouring in their box.

Made with 75grams of melted butter, 150grams of melted marshmallows and mixed into 100grams of Rice Krispies and decorated with lots of undred and thousands, chocloate stars and edible glitter.

This is our entry into the competition to be in with a chance of winnign £500 cash and the boys design printed on to a t-shirt.WOW!

Thank you to Kellogs for sponsoring this fab comp for the children and Britmums for hosting it.

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