I recently tried making granola for the first time. Most breakfast cereal didn't seem to taste of much, but to involve a lot of packaging and to be rather expensive - and the more interesting-tasting cereal seemed very expensive. It is quite a satisfying exercise, and very easy, to make your own granola instead, and a good alternative to porridge - another wholesome breakfast - if you don't have time to cook, or don't feel like it. I used Nigella Lawson's recipe from Feast, although on second making adjusted the quantities, as the Feast recipe involved large quantities of rather expensive whole almonds. As well as eating for breakfast, it works well sprinkled over ice-cream as a pudding. Similar recipes to the one I have used can be found at : http://allrecipes.com/howto/great-granola/detail.aspx
I am a thirty-something Englishwoman, and am an enthusiastic amateur in the world of personal finance, as well as in food, fashion, and literature, particularly Victorian fiction and classic detective stories, as well as self-help and recipe books.