Basic Toasted Muesli with Flax
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Breakfast and I have a flexible relationship. Breakky knows that sometimes I can't meet in the morning or that sometimes I choose to get together later. It seems to work.
Most days I do eat or drink something within a few hours of waking up. You will have heard the consistent message from parents, nutritionists and every grade 7 home economics teacher that ever was that eating breakfast helps with energy as well as making healthy food choices later in the day. For some people who prefer to eat by their body and it's hunger cues breakfast does not happen and if that works then that's OK!
My go to breakky choices include fresh squeezed juice, smoothies, oatmeal with flax and fruit or the recipe I am sharing today. I have been known to enjoy a piece of toast dripping with marg and jam on more than one ( million) occasions and sometimes I will go for leftovers. Like I said, flexible.
BREAKFAST CEREAL WITH ALL THE BELLS AND WHISTLES
Recently I talked about waste and the stay fresh inserts in commercial cereal. This got me thinking about cereal, something I don't eat because I find it too sweet and it leaves me hungry an hour or so later. The rest of my family enjoy cereal occasionally which we usually buy gluten free and from the "health food" part of the store. When the box is empty I cut them up for crafts for little g and use the inserts to scoop dog poop.
You do not need a nutritionist to tell you that most of the cereals which you can buy from the supermarket are full of sugar, fat and salt. Deficient in vitamins and minerals the majority of commercial cereal is essentially empty calories. They are also known to be full of GMO ingredients. Not good.
I have been reading the book "Food Rules" by Micheal Pollan. He has some invaluable rules such as "don't eat anything your great-grandmother would not recognise" and " avoid food with ingredients that no ordinary human would have in their pantry". Spot on I say.
WHAT IS IT ABOUT CEREAL?
I have said it before but I find it is always a treat frustrating test of patience to research online. There are so many opposing factors that the answer is never obvious. This goes for commercial cereal which has it haters though just as many people who believe cereal makes you slimmer and healthier and raises your IQ a few notches. My favourites are the "studies" commissioned by those a favourable study would benefit like this one which comes from the Australian Breakfast Cereal Manufacturers Forum.
On the flip side this article covers some lesser known "truths" about commercial cereal.
Let's face it cereal is cheap and convenient and for some these are important factors. It is also not necessarily a "breakfast food". Anyone who has spent a crazy night out on the town with a little too much alcohol in the system will agree that a bowl of cereal at the end of the night fills the gap. It really is a convenience food.
While I am yet to perfect how to make cereal which is perfectly round or shaped like a puff of rice I do make my own toasted muesli, aka granola for my North American readers and friends. I am honestly having a bit of a hard time getting past using the term "granola" after living in Canada for so long.
It is such a snap to make a healthier breakfast cereal with 4 or 5 ingredients. This recipe requires a little attention in the cooking process as it does burn quickly if left unattended. Tossing from time to time is also required to ensure even toasting. When I am adding things to my toasted muesli such as nuts, seeds or fruit they need to be added later to avoid burning.
Do yourself a favour and take the time to make your own cereal. If this recipe does not suit then I have some others here and here and here which can be made very quickly with few ingredients and will fit the bill for any breakfast. Enjoy!
The Recipe Card plug-in is not working today for some unknown reason. Luckily this is a quick and easy recipe so I hope that you don't mind writing it down rather than printing it directly. This recipe is also hanging out at the Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck.
Basic Toasted Muesli with Flax
Yields approx: 4 Cups
Cooking time: 20-30 minutes
3 cups whole oats
1/2 cup maple syrup*
1/4 cup coconut oil-coconut oil
1/4 cup ground flax seed meal
1/2 cup of whatever you desire such as raisins, walnuts, coconut flakes, dried fruit
Pre-heat the oven to 175 c
Combine the maple syrup and coconut oil together.
Pour over the oats and mix well
Spread oat mixture evenly on a baking tray
Check after 10 minutes and toss the oats to avoid burning and sticking
Add any extras ( dried fruit, nuts etc) after about 15 minutes and toss again
Keep checking for the oats to be crunchy but not burned. The goal is golden color.
* Can be substituted for rice syrup
Do you eat breakfast or is your first meal of the day a flexible one? I would love to hear about breakfast ideas which may include more than coffee.
Have a great day!
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