Today is the start of National Vegetarian Week in the UK, and this year the week is all about waking up to a veggie breakfast!  Personally I’m a fan of porage, sometimes alone, or sometimes with toppings (banana and blueberry, a scoop of crunchy seeds, a drizzle of maple syrup…), but I do also sometimes break out to to include the full English, or go all summery with a bowl of yoghurt and fresh fruit.  Another healthy option is the Mango and Maple Granola below, which is packed full of protein, omega 3’s, vitamin E, B vitamins, zinc, magnesium, potassium and antioxidants.  Plus it tastes very nice!

Mango and Maple Granola

175g / 6oz oats (use gluten free if needed)
1 tblsp ground flaxseed
1 tblsp whole almonds
1 tblsp pumpkin seeds
2 tblsp sunflower oil
2 tblsp maple syrup
1 tblsp chopped dried mango
1tblsp chopped dates

Heat the oven to 140˚C / 275˚F / gas mark 1.

Put the oil and maple syrup into a pan and heat gently until mixed.  Add all the dry ingredients, except the mango and dates and stir until coated with the oil and syrup.  Spread the mixture into a large roasting pan.  Bake for 30 – 40 minutes, stirring occasionally, until browned all over.

Remove from the oven and stir in the mango and dates.  Leave to cool completely and store in an airtight container.