I was out of town all weekend camping; roaming the forest with my giant pack, snacking on teriyaki beef jerky to survive, sleeping on the forest floor and starting fires in the rain. It was spectacular. Out in the wild, you forget your day to day routines, your obligations, those self-imposed tasks we tend to overwhelm ourselves with. You are forced to take a step back and look at the world around you. To appreciate this beautiful planet, the beat in your heart and the air in your lungs. It’s a beautiful thing.
Eating on the trail is not so beautiful. Prepared, preserved, and packaged are the name of the game. After eating like that for a week your body craves fresh, wholesome foods. For me, especially after 3 days of jerky and caramel cashew trail mix (Target has this and it’s AMAZING and terrible for you) this was a treat yo’ self breakfast.
Here in the Midwest, figs have a short season and are hard to find. When I saw figs at my local Mariano’s… I did a little happy dance. They are kind of expensive, so I treated myself to two. One, I devoured right away (I waited until I got in the car because I’m classy), and the other I saved for my special breakfast.
The granola and the fig are really what makes this breakfast a special one. I ahve a hard time buying granola from the store because it is often full of sugar. Literally as much sugar as a cookie. A lot of granola bars have a TON of sugar as well, and many have high fructose corn syrup which is really bad for you and in so many things! I’ve even seen some granola/ bars that loudly advertise as not containing high fructose syrup… but they contain high maltose syrup with is essentially the same thing but less well known!! Terrible. You best weapon in fighting for your health is your education!
Anyway, your own granola is very easy to make, and an excellent way to control what goes into your body. Some recipes you’ll find are heavy on the dried fruit. I love dried fruit, but they are many times filled with added sugary juices and coloring. If you choose to include dried fruit in your granola, I would check the ingredients and see exactly what you are getting yourself into. For me, I opted for a mostly nut, seed, and oat granola with some goji berries, a delicious superfood!
If you’re worried about the price tag on goji berries, you could opt for organic dried cranberries, but really they aren’t that much more expensive. Goji berries have a great taste and can be used in so many things. I just realized I have not shared my superfood bark with you – my favorite healthy treat that also contains goji berries. They are definitely worth the extra few dollars.
The granola is easily customizable to your tastes. Consider different nuts, different seeds, and adding different flavors. Over all I tried to keep it clean without sacrificing flavor. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
Honey Nut GranolaPrint Recipe
- 1 1/2 Cup old fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup raw almond slices
- 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut chips
- 1/4 cup pepitas or pumpkin seeds
- 1/4 cup goji berries
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- pinch of cayenne
- 1/3 cup honey
- 3 tbsp coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 fig per person
- 1 cup plain greek yogurt per person
- Honey for sweetening, as desired
Preheat oven to 325F. In a small sauce pan, combine the oil and honey. Heat over medium heat until melted. swirl to combine. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and salt.
Line a large cookie sheet with foil. Combine the almonds, berries, oats, coconut, seeds, ginger and cayenne on the sheet. Drizzle the honey mixture over the granola and mix together. Spread in a flat layer on the pan and sprinkle with salt.
Bake in oven for 20 - 25 minutes, rotating pan half way though. Do not stir granola. Remove from heat when nicely browned, once again not stirring, and allow to cool completely. Can be stored at room temperature for 1 week in an airtight container.
To serve, place greek yogurt in a bowl, top with granola, add the fresh fig and drizzle with honey if desired. enjoy!