Tuesday, February 22
I'm a terrible breakfast eater. Terrible. And I find it's getting worse since all girls are now at school because I have three times as much nagging to do (Ok, it's not too bad but I seem to repeat myself A LOT). I really need to get myself on the breakfast bandwagon - and I think I've found something that might get me on it.
Muesli in a cup.
Now I'm a bit of a muesli snob and I can't eat any old muesli. It needs to be toasted for a start (I know not so great but better than no breakfast) and it needs to be a little bit sweet. I think of this muesli as my 'reward' for getting everyone fed, dressed and packed and it takes no time to prepare and eat.
I even eat it out of a coffee cup (given I don't drink coffee anyways).
So here it is: Vanilla almond muesli. It's delicious, it doesn't taste sugary luckily and the vanilla is subtle but it is just the right amount of sweet and lots of crunch.
I make enough for a few weeks - and given I'm only having a cup-ful at a time I don't feel too bad for the sugar indulgence...
1/2 cup maple syrup
3/4 cup caster sugar
2 tb vanilla extract
1/4 cup water
1 kg rolled oats
100g slivered almonds
1/4 cup brown sugar
Preheat oven to 200 degrees c
In a saucepan combine the caster sugar, vanilla extract, water and maple syrup over a medium heat - when the sugar dissolves completely, take off heat and set aside.
In a large bowl, put your oats and almonds
Pour the saucepan contents over the oats/almonds and mix well.
Pour onto 2 baking trays lined with baking paper and pop into the oven.
After about 5 minutes, take out of the oven and toss the mixture about, swapping the shelves you place the trays on when you return them to the oven. Repeat this process twice again and then sprinkle both trays with the brown sugar, dividing it between the two trays and mixing throughout the oats.
Return to the oven for the last time for 5 minutes. Remove without tossing and allow to cool for 30 minutes before transferring to an airtight container or ziplock bag to store before eating!
Are you bad at breakfast?
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