Let’s hack breakfast, because it’s the most important meal of the day.
Concession: this is of dispute. Some health experts suggest consuming all daily calories within a 12 hour period. That’s another post. Let’s continue with this one.
If your house is anything like mine everyone is rushing around. Someone woke up late and no one has what they need in the right place at the right time to get out the door.
By the time everyone gets to the kitchen there’s less time than you need to prepare real food. You’re probably tempted to reach for a box of sugary cereal instead because it’s quick and easy.
Because the kids have to eat something before school and there’s no time for something better; right?
Mornings are crazy, and if you’re relying on a wholesome breakfast to get your day off on the right foot, it is possible.
Enter muesli. It’s my family’s breakfast cereal.
This recipe changes every time I make it. This time we used:
- 4.5 lbs. mixed grains (5 grain cereal) from the bulk food aisle
- 3 cups walnuts, lightly chopped in food processor
- 3 cups almonds, lightly chopped in food processor
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds-pick your seeds, I also commonly use pepitas (pumpkin) seeds
- 1/4 cup wheat germ
- 2.5 cups raisins, no sugar added
- 2.5 cups currants, no sugar added
- 1.5 cups dates, no sugar added, chopped by hand, run through the wheat germ before thrown into the mix
- Yield: About 2 gallons, that’s the size of my bowl, and it feeds my family of four for two weeks.
- Our portion size 1/2 to 1 cup
Here’s how we make it in under five minutes with my 5 year old assistant:
On the rare occasion the kids make it to the kitchen first they can dispense their own cereal and you don’t have to worry about what they are consuming. Add some milk or yogurt and breakfast is served.
Steel cut oats in the crock pot is another of our favorite recipes:
- 2 cups steel cut oats
- 1–2 apples chopped (I leave the peels on, but you can remove them).
- 4 tablespoons real butter (like Kerrygold), ghee, or other alternative
- 2 tablespoons cinnamon
- 4 tablespoons brown sugar, I have also used coconut sugar
- 7 cups water
Grease the crock with real butter, coconut oil, or alternative to make clean-up easier. Cook for 6 hours on low. I make it before I go to bed, and everyone enjoys hot oatmeal in the morning. It serves my family of four for 2–3 days. I add a handful of blueberries or raisins to everyone’s bowl as I serve it. Add your choice of fruit, optional.
Not fond of oats?
We’ve got you covered with our granola recipe.
It’s courtesy of Paleo Cupboard and I make it all the time. It’s great snack, or breakfast if you add milk.
- 1 cup raw almonds
- 1 cup raw cashews
- 1/4 cup raw shelled pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
- 1/4 cup raw shelled sunflower seeds
- 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup raw honey
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 tsp. sea salt
- 1 cup raisins (or your favorite dried fruit)
- Preheat oven to 275 F. Place the almonds, cashews, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and coconut flakes in a food processor or blender and pulse a few times to break into small chunks.
- Place the ghee or coconut oil, raw honey and vanilla extract in the microwave to warm. (I’ve also used agave nectar and raw honey in equal parts). Put the nut mixture in a large bowl and stir until everything is fully coated.
- Spread the granola mixture evenly onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and cook for about 20–25 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring once or twice. I like to use my stone for this. The mixture gets brown and crunchy on top and bottom
- Allow to cool for about 20–30 minutes or until fully hardened, and then break into chunks.
Want some smoothie recipes?
A blender full meets your family’s needs. Follow this link for smoothie recipes. Even the kids love them. Okay, maybe not the green one.
- Use ice or frozen fruit. If frozen fruit, then omit the ice.
- If you use plain yogurt and crave a little sweet, add vanilla or honey.
- Add additional nutrients with chia or flax seeds
How will you use this to revamp your morning menu? Please comment with your new plan.
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