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I simply love Spring mornings.  That crisp freshness while the sun beams down on my face and the gentle wind that blows through my hair.  And then sitting down to a nourishing breakfast that gives me a kick start of energy for the day. But this is the hard part…

When you are done and dusted with having eggs and spinach for breakfast for the 100th time, what can you have that is quick, tasty and doesn’t have you reaching for the fruit loops?

Muesli?? Meh. It lacks so much excitement…

Then I stumbled along this orange and coconut granola from Annie at mindbodybowl and it is simply divine!!!  The orange and coconut combination gives it this fresh, zesty, summery taste and it has the right amount of sweetness to it (I used raw honey but you can also use maple syrup).  And it has crunch!!  I love a breakfast with a good, loud crunchiness to it (makes me feel like I am really eating something!).  The macadamia nuts are the perfect addition being packed with nutrients, antioxidants and minerals such as calcium, iron and magnesium.  So this granola is perfect for me as an after workout breakky!

It is quick, simple, smells divine when baking it (the orange zest really comes out!) and I have a whole jar that will last me for almost 2 weeks (well…hopefully!  As I also love to munch on handfuls of this granola in the afternoon so it might not last so long around me!!) .  And it is packed with goodness and gives an abundance of energy all morning! Serve it up with your favourite yogurt or milk.  I myself love it with greek yogurt.

Recipe:

180g/2 cups jumbo oats

200g/1 and 1/2 cup macadamia nuts, roughly chopped

80g/1 cup desicated coconut

2 tablespoons of chia seeds

1 large orange

2 tablespoons of coconut oil (melted)

1 teaspoon of vanilla bean powder

120ml/1/2 a cup of honey or maple syrup

a pinch of sea salt

Just mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl, place on a baking tray and bake in an oven on 180 deg for about 15 – 20 min (giving it a good shake about halfway through!).

Shine on!

Liz xx

 

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