Let's talk about morning routines. Do you snooze until the last possible second? Or do you happily spring out of bed and start your day? I think I can say I'm somewhere in the middle. Somedays I wake up no problem and end up being so productive before I even get into work- which is a great feeling. Other days it is all I can do to roll out of bed and be on my way. Are there any magic tricks to turn me into a full time early bird?
Granola! So on those days when I am up early I always enjoy eating breakfast at home. I put this granola together while I was doing my other meal prep for the week. Making this is so crazy easy, you essentially are just dumping everything into the bowl and toast slowly in the oven. It's also really nice knowing theres no funny business going on in here, pretty much just nuts and seeds. You can feel good about sprinkling this on your cereal or packing it for a afternoon pick me up :) It's also super customizable, swap out the walnuts for almonds, use pumpkin seeds instead of sunflower. Maybe throw in some unsalted pistachios if you're feeling fancy.
This makes a fairly big batch, so feel free to break it up into smaller containers and stick some in the freezer!
salted maple granola (slightly adapted from this book!)
3 cups rolled oats
1 cup roughly chopped walnuts
1 cup raw unsalted sunflower seeds
1 cup unsweetened coconut chips
1 1/4 cup roughly chopped pecans
3/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon coarse salt + a little more
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
Place all ingredients in large bowl, as well as 1 teaspoon of salt. Mix very well until everything is evenly combined and coated. Spread the granola into an even layer on a lined baking sheet. Bake, stirring every 15 minutes until the granola is evenly toasted, about 45 minutes total.
Remove from oven and season with more salt to taste. I happen to have some fancy flakey salt so I finished it with that but coarse salt works just fine as well. Let cool completely. The granola can be stored in an airtight container for up to 1 month.