I will make an honest confession and tell you that I am not much of a breakfast person. At least not in the traditional eat breakfast at 7 or 7:30 soon after getting up kind of deal. I used to be. In fact, I used to live for breakfast and get excited about it lying in bed the night before.
I don’t really know where the breakdown happened; where I went from that to now hardly ever having a proper early morning breakfast at all, but some where it fell off the tracks. Not because I am not aware of the importance and benefits of a hearty breakfast, or not because I don’t get up early enough.
Realistically, it was probably when I started running in the morning. I never eat before I run, and I’m not one of these people who comes back from a run and is ravenous and ready for food immediately. In fact, I typically have to remind myself that I am supposed to be eating within a certain time frame to maximize recovery and refuel.
And often that looks like a green juice, or a fresh green smoothie, or a green elixir loaded with vitamins and minerals (note the green trend). After my coffee or matcha of course. I think I get sidetracked because I like to have that first, before anything else. And sometimes after training and work for a bit and coffee and matcha and another matcha, breakfast heads towards lunch and just looks like a bit of morning grazing – a few pieces of fruit, a handful of nuts, a few goji berries, and some crunchy granola. This crunchy granola.
Because not only does this granola fill the void and refuel me on those busy mornings before my typical smoothie bowl at lunch time, but it is also great for the boy. For him, breakfast is his jam. We get up between 5 and 5:30 most mornings, and I make his breakfast before he heads off to work before 6. And he doesn’t take breakfast with him, he actually sits and eats it all within the 5 am hour before starting the day. I’m a proud nutritionist girl friend, to say his habits are maybe even better than mine . . .
But at that hour, and given that I’m making it for him before I head off running, I’m all about something quick, filling and satisfying. I pile this granola in a bowl with some cut up fresh fruit and some coconut yogurt. And it hits the spot – for me and him – every. single. time.
So whether you are really good about breakfast and can’t go a day without, or you know you should have it, and totally don’t (at least not at breakfast time), or you fall somewhere in between and are just doing your best every day to eat nourishing, whole food, this granola is for you. It’s crunchy, and loaded with coconut, offers fiber and healthy fats, and has just the perfect notes of caramel scattered throughout each bite. I think you’ll want it no matter when you are choosing to eat it.
And yes, it makes a delightful bedtime snack, does well on top of nice cream, and is a treat with some fresh coconut milk. Just because I don’t eat it at breakfast time doesn’t mean I don’t devour it nonetheless . . .