If busy weekday mornings have everyone rushing around and skimping on healthy breakfasts, the following recipes are easy to make and use on hand ingredients. Perfect for making ahead and storing, these will get you through hurried and active starts to the day.
Muesli is a great alternative to cereal and can be made to include favorite ingredients. It can also be made gluten-free. This recipe is a rendition of a 20th century original from Switzerland.
It incorporates hearty whole oats, wheat germ, wheat bran and flaxseeds for a nutritional boost. Additions like kiwis, orange juice, raisins, yogurt, pecans, almonds and sunflower seeds are listed but can be substituted for items already in the pantry or other favorites.
Chewy fruit and nut granola bars is a vegan recipe, but can also be made by raiding the shelves and pantry for items to throw in the oil, sugar, butter and rice syrup mixture .
For a spin on traditional granola, try making pistachio coconut olive oil granola. If you have grown tired of rectangle shaped granola bars, they can always be cut in a different shape, like in granola wedges.
Muesli and granola make great breakfast go-to’s, and can also be used as toppings for yogurt, oatmeal and fruit.
Breakfast bread doesn’t even require yeast or need rising time. After mixing ingredients and a 1 minute kneading session, fresh baked bread is only 1 hour away.
Donegal oatcakes is an Irish recipe that requires drying before baking and needs to be slow cooked for several hours, but once done they can be stored in an air-tight container and reheated as needed. They are great for breakfast sandwiches, spreading on preserves or served warm with honey or maple syrup.
To try something other than the usual breakfast drink, make a green smoothie. Kids will be fascinated with its naturally green color, and may be brave enough to try it. It uses bananas, pears, apples, kale, orange juice and ground flaxseed for high amounts of drinkable nutrients. If drinking something green is not your thing, a citrus berry smoothie uses on-hand fresh or frozen fruits, yogurt and wheat germ for an antioxidant kick.
These drinks can also be frozen in individual servings and placed in the refrigerator overnight so they will be ready for the morning rush.
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