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This decadent-tasting breakfast is simple to make, and almost feels like starting the day with a dessert! It’s easy to customise, use any combination of fruit and spices that you have to hand. Frozen berries with chunks of white chocolate, banana and cinnamon, even grated orange rind and dark chocolate for a luxury twist… Here’s a simple apple crumble combination to start you off, but the possibilities are endless.
Ingredients (makes six portions):
300g oats
1 apple
30g butter
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp cinnamon
First, pour the oats into a mixing bowl, and grate the apple over the top. I leave the skin on mine for extra goodness, but give it a quick rinse under the tap before I do. For a chewier granola, finely dice the apple instead for large chunks. Stir it into the oats quickly to prevent the apple from browning as it comes into contact with the air.
Pop the butter in a microwaveable dish and ping on a high heat for 20 seconds to melt. Add the honey and cinnamon to the melted butter and stir through. Pour into the oats and apple mixture, and stir well to coat lightly and evenly.
Lightly grease a baking tray or roasting tin, and tip the oat mixture in. Roughly even out with a spoon, but don’t press down as you want it to clump together in chunks, not make a flapjack! Pop it into the centre of the oven at 180C for 30 minutes, removing to shake gently halfway through.
Allow to cool completely before storing in an airtight container. It will keep for a few weeks if stored in a cool dry place.
**VEGANS** Replace the 30g of butter with around 40ml oil, and the honey with either sugar, golden syrup or agave nectar, whichever you prefer.
**MAKE IT GO FURTHER** Add half a handful of raisins, sultanas or other dried fruit to make it g further, and for an extra portion of fruit as well! My son loves his slightly warmed up, a cross between a granola and a porridge, with fat juicy sultanas scattered on top.
**ANYONE FOR LUNCH?** Granola isn’t just for breakfast! I often find myself chomping on it for a quick lunch, or a mid-afternoon snack in a long day. Pop a handful of it in a food bag or airtight container as a crunchy alternative to crisps in your lunchbox.
Jack Monroe. Twitter: @MsJackMonroe