Breakfast is important. Yes, I'm for Team Breakfast. Breakfast for the win!
The way I see it there are people who eat breakfast and love it, and then there are the others...those that skip breakfast. Why??? Sure, the claims that it's the most important meal have been downgraded, but it's still important! I fully support a good breakfast. And so does Josh because otherwise I would be one crazy gal to deal with everyday. In fact, I usually wake up hungry and need food ASAP. Of course, these days little guy comes first, but I eat as soon as possible after him.
Ever since I discovered Marge Granola at the Ballard Farmer's Market, I have been eating granola and yogurt for breakfast. This has been a couple of years now. Before Marge I had no idea granola was so good. So so so good. Then I upgraded it even more by using Ellenos yogurt. Even if you're a yogurt hater, you'll like Ellenos. It's so so so good. My favorite flavors are the ginger raspberry and marionberry. Oh, the lemon curb is delicious as well (although I don't think it "matches" the granola flavors as much).
Yogurt + Granola = Breakfast of Champions. This is the equation for the best breakfast. Not only is it delicious, it's nutritious, gives you energy, and keeps you full until lunch. Oh, and be sure to have a cup of coffee....that's the trifecta.
Before Caleb was born I made my own granola on occasion and mostly just bought Marge's Granola, but now I have really gotten into making it (during Caleb's naps). It's actually very easy. I even got my mom addicted to making it. Now, I have a few recipes I love, but recently I've settled down with my very own creation. I've fine-tuned it to be similar to Marge, but also has it's own unique flavor. I cut down on the sugar and oil to make it more healthy, too. Sometimes I'll change up the seeds and nuts to make it different, but the base is the same.
Because I love you guys, I'm going to share my recipe. Yay!
- 3 cups rolled old-fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup chopped, raw pecans
- 1/2 cup sliced, raw almonds
- 1/2 cup raw pepitas
- 3 Tbsp flaxseed meal (optional...kinda)
- 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup olive oil or coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla
- 1 tsp. kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. cardamom
- 2 Tbsp minced crystalized ginger (optional...kinda)
- 3/4 cup dried cranberries and/or raisins (a mix of both!)
Preheat the oven to 300 F. With the exception of the cranberries/raisins, mix all the ingredients together in a big bowl and spoon out onto a large, rimmed baking sheet.
Bake 45 minutes. Be sure to stir halfway through, so granola doesn’t stick to the sides of the pan and/or burn.
Eat and enjoy!
If you don't trust me, then here's some recipes from the experts that I also enjoy making as well.
- Banana Granola by Two Peas in their Pod (this is pictured on this post - the first photo!)
- Oatmeal Cookie Granola by Joy the Baker
- Pumpkin Spice Granola by Gimme Some Oven
- Olive Oil Granola with Pecans & Cherries by A Sweet Spoonful
- Magnificent Granola by Pioneer Woman
I also enjoy some other items for breakfast, but this is what I eat pretty much everyday. I hope you give it a try. It's worth it...believe me.