Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Breakfast on the go- Two ways!

Do you have mornings that are just so crazy busy that you totally forget to have breakfast? Or perhaps you just aren't really a brekky person. I'm definitely a breakfast person (it's probably my most favourite meal- which makes me sound incredibly boring, I know….) but my problem isn't that we are crazy busy in the morning racing out the door to be places, but rather crazy busy feeding, changing nappies, cleaning up, getting dressed, deploying my conflict resolution skills targeted specically at toddlers, setting up activities, cleaning up, making coffee, changing another nappy, reading books, drawing princess castles, picking up crumbs off floor, wiping hands and faces…. and did I mention cleaning up???

Breakfast for me at best is often cold toast, leftover from the kids…..or a bowl of soggy cereal or cold porridge. I tend to fill up on coffee these days! So, in a way to get back in control of the most important meal of the day, I've been making home made granola and muesli bars so there is no excuse for not starting the day with some goodness. Here are two quick and easy recipes to help you get through your morning with something healthy in your tummy.

 Home made Muesli Bars

3 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup almonds, roughly chopped (or other nuts of your choice)
1/2 cup wheatgerm
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup pepita seeds
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1/3 cup dried cranberries- or your choice of dried fruit or choc chips
3/4 cup honey
1/4 cup soft brown sugar
1/2 vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 130 deg cel and line a baking tray with baking paper. Tray should be approx 25 cm x 35 cm in size. Put oats, coconut, wheatgerm, almonds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, pepita seeds, chia seeds and cranberries into a bowl. Put honey, brown sugar and oil into a saucepan and stir over medium heat until sugar has dissolved. Pour over the dry ingredients and mix really well- might need to pull up your sleeves and use your hands to really mix through the syrup. Press mixture into tray  and bake for about 45-50 minutes or until it is golden brown. Allow to cool. Best to cut into slices whilst still a bit warm as the slice will go a bit hard when cool. If you slice whilst too warm, it will crumble. Store in airtight container. Will keep for up to a week in a cool place or 2 weeks in fridge.
Extra- Try drizzling some melted chocolate on top for something different!

Recipe found in my old recipe journal from 20 years ago- source unknown

Home made Granola-
4 cups rolled oats
3/4 shredded coconut
1/2 cup sesame seeds
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup pepita seeds
1/2 cup almonds, roughly chopped (or other choice of nuts)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
pinch of salt
50 ml sunflower oil
3/4 cup honey
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup dried fruit or choc chips

Preheat the oven to 140 deg celcius. Combine the oats, coconut, sunflower and sesame seeds, pepitas, almonds, spices and salt in a bowl. Place oil, honey and sugar in a suacepan over medium heat and stir until combined. set aside to cool slightly before adding the vanilla. Pour this syrup mix over the dry ingredients and mix in well-again, hand action required, if you want too! Spread mix onto two trays, each lined with baking paper, and cook for about an hour. Check regularly and stir granola around to ensure that it cooks evenly. When finished, allow to cool, before storing in an airtight container or jar. When warm, it will still feel 'wet' but once it cools, it will be a lovely sweet, crunchy texture.

Perfect as a breakfast muesli, sprinkled on yoghurt and fruit, add a handful to your smoothie, a healthy energy snack throughout the day or a quick and easy crumble mix to add to some stewed fruit, served with warm custard. Also makes for a lovely gift- just thinking!!! For those on the go, try adding some to a small jar on top of some poached fruit and juice- my current favourite is poached quinces. Pop it in your bag and voila!!!

Recipe inspired & adapted from Sophie Hansen's Local is Lovely 

So, there you have it- two simple recipes that share very similar ingredients, which can be made into very quick and easy breakfasts depending on what you prefer. I try and keep all my nuts and seeds together in the pantry, along with the oats, wheatgerm, etc- so prep time is always quick. I also like that you can basically pick and choose what you add to both. As my husband would say, Welcome to Birdseed City!

Are you a breakfast person?
Enjoy x


  1. I'm not a breakfast person but I would be if I were presented with these delicious muesli bars! :D

  2. i need to start having a proper breakfast - most days I make a green smoothie which is delicious but other days I just have tea...not a good way to start! Your muesli bars look great!

  3. Golly the presentation of these is beautiful. Cute but not kitch! Might have to give that granola a go I think. I love breakfast but only after I've been up for a couple of hours. Could make this and eat at work.


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