Tuesday 7 August 2012

Breakfast Time

Breakfast is something I have been giving a lot of thought to, the processed cereals loaded with sugar and salt don't sit well with me, porridge is fine during winter but Hubby cant stand it, fry ups are not convenient during the week days and we need something to sustain us till lunch so fruit and toast don't fit the bill it had to something good healthy I can make myself and is quick and easy in the mornings and tasty, so I have just had a go at doing Granola, it ticks all the boxes and I can sneak things into that the otherwise wouldn't eat.

This one which doesn't take long to prepare, and there is 10 servings and its really tasty, 2tbsp sunflower oil, 125ml maple syrup, 3 tbsp honey, 1tsp vanilla extract, 300g rolled oats, 100g of flaked almonds and mixed chopped nuts, mix together, spread on two baking trays, bake at 150c for about 12/15mins, tip in a bowl mix in 120g of dried fruit I used cranberries and raisins and then I added 120g of ground up pumpkin sunflower sesame and flax seed, mixed it all up popped it back into the oven for about another 15mins, leave to cool and store in an airtight container.
I tried a portion with cold milk and it was scrummy. Will test it on the others tomorrow morning.
This set me to thinking about dried fruits that could be added strawberries, raspberries blackberries, I know you can buy them dried and kibbled but as we grow an abundance of them if I was to dry them myself, we can use them throughout the rest of the year, so I am researching a home dehydrator. if anyone out theres knows a reliable one to use at home let me know please.

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