We get through tons of granola here at number one. Mr E and I both like it for breakfast, and the boys scoff enormous bowls of it whenever they’re hungry and often when they come in last thing at night, so it’s really important to me to buy great quality granola (we’ve all bought those ones that are a bit – well, ‘sawdusty’, haven’t we?). I use granola in quite a few different ways, and I thought I might share them with you. So here are a few different breakfast ideas using our fave Nature’s Path granola, including these really easy and yummy coconut and chia seed granola bars, plus the chance to win a lovely gift for you too!
Usually I like my granola with milk and fruit, or sprinkled over yoghurt, but while the weather’s chilly, I like to make my morning granola into a lovely, comforting warm breakfast bowl (I’m also weirdly addicted to stirring things in a pan, but feel free to microwave if you’d rather). I just add the same amount of milk that I usually use, but cook it in a pan over a low heat until it’s soft and porridgey. Stir in frozen berries and a drizzle of honey for the perfect, comforting breakfast on a cold morning.
Charlie doesn’t like milk, so tends to eat granola dry (which is quite weird, but he seems to enjoy it). I started to ponder how I could make our favourite granola into bars that were easier for him to enjoy and lo, the coconut and chia seed granola bars were born. I keep them in a tin and the boys can just grab them whenever they want one. You can add any nuts or dried fruit you like to this recipe. I have to split my batch in half: one with just chocolate for Charlie who basically hates anything remotely fruit-based, and the other with all the good stuff in.
Coconut, chia and chocolate granola bars
1 x 325g pack Nature’s Path Coconut & Chia Seed Granola
75g chopped apricots
75g chopped almonds
75g dried cranberries
75g runny honey
75g coconut oil or butter
100g dark chocolate .
Firstly, preheat the oven to gas mark 4/180 C and line a baking tin with baking paper.
Place the granola into a bowl and add the almonds, chopped apricots and dried cranberries (or whatever else you fancy) plus the pinch of salt, then mix well.
Measure out the honey and coconut oil/butter into a small pan, then place on the heat, stirring until it’s all melted and combined, then pour over the granola mixture.
Spoon the mixture into the tin, then press it down really well – this is important to make sure the bars hold together!
Bake for around 15 minutes or until golden brown, then cool so they’re at least at room temperature before you cut them, otherwise they’ll fall apart (which is exactly what I didn’t do. Too enthusiastic).
Cut into portions, then for a final (optional) flourish, drizzle with a little melted chocolate (I’m addicted to white chocolate but everyone else prefers dark).
Yum! These coconut and chia seed granola bars disappeared in about ten seconds flat, but you can keep them stored in an airtight container for a good few days.
About Nature’s Path
I’ve been working with Nature’s Path for a while now, and I absolutely love their attitude to food: their products are kind to the environment and the whole family too, and they’re committed to producing high quality, organic and fair trade products – many of which are also gluten-free. Find out more at naturespath.co.uk. As well as our favourite Nature’s Path Organic Nice and Nobbly Coconut and Chia Granola, you’ll also find three other varieties – all at £3.00 for a 325g pack – from places like Waitrose and Ocado.
Now, to that lovely gift for you. The sweeties at Nature’s Path have offered to give one lucky reader one of their lovely jute bags full of Nature’s Path cereals and granola. To be in with a chance to win all you have to do is let me know in the comments which product in the Nature’s Path range you’ll be trying next!
Usual English Mum competition terms and conditions apply. This giveaway ends next Friday, 3rd February at 9am.
*This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Rebecca Howells who was chosen at random to be the recipient of the Nature’s Path cereals and granola*