I’ve adapted this tasty recipe from Terigentes.com. I’m always looking for ways to simplify food. I grew up eating whole foods and was fortunate to grow up in a family who cherished meal times, high quality food and the joy of cooking.
I know that many families have a rushed morning. We know what that’s like. It can however, start with a healthy breakfast. It’s easy to reach for cereal and milk as a go to starter meal. The fact is, boxed cereals are processed and it’s always better to eat food in it’s whole form. I started making this a while ago and we enjoy it with homemade almond milk a few times a week. I make a big batch on the weekend and we’re good until the next one.
Homemade almond milk? Yes! Have you read the ingredients on that box? It’s not just almonds. I started making my own and couldn’t believe how easy, quick, healthy and tasty it was! Here’s what you do: soak one cup of raw almonds overnight and take the peel off the next morning, the peel just pops off. Or to save time, buy the blanched or slivered kind. Place one cup of almonds and four cups of water in a blender and blend. Strain and voila! Instant almond milk. I save the strained pulp and add it to my morning smoothie. No waste. Now, on to the cereal…
- 3 cups of oats (I use the organic, gluten free kind)
- 1 cup of mixed seeds (I use a mix of flax, chia, sesame, sunflower and pumpkin seeds)
- 1/2 c of chopped raw almonds (or any other nut)
- 1/3 c of shredded coconut (use the unsweetened, no sulphite kind)
- 1/4 c coconut oil
- 1/4 c maple syrop
- 1 cup of mixed dried fruit to add in at the end
- Mix all the ingredients except the dried fruit (kids love this part!) and place it on parchment paper lined baking dish or tray. Bake at 325F for 10 minutes and stir it around. It may need another 5-10 minutes or so depending on your oven. Add the dried fruit and enjoy!
Are you looking for ways to add more whole foods to your diet? We have a jam packed Whole Food Rejuvenation Workshop with nutritionist Sylvie Gouin. It’s Thursday, September 26 from 6:45 to 8:15 pm – you can register online here http://continuumfitness.ca/classes.html. You’ll get lots of info on how to simplify and increase energy and tips on how to prepare delicious cost effective meals.