Sometimes breakfast can get a bit boring, with porridge, porridge and more porridge. At least that seems to be the way in our house!
Although we do start the day with a smoothie as well, porridge is always a sure thing for our children in the morning. They love it though, and that is all that matters. But on the weekends I like to do something else.
Here are some of the breakfast meals we make.
Cindy O’meara from Changing Habits, Changing Lives, has an incredibly tasty and easy breakfast recipe which we use when we want a change and not have loads of time to bake or cook a full breakfast with the lot. She calls her recipe CADA which stands for
- Coconut (shredded)
- Dates (pitted)
- Apple (cored)
And that is all you need, a handful of each and 1 whole apple. Put it in the food processor and blend (not puree!)
You can add this “granola” to yoghurt if you like or eat it as is.
- 2 cup of oats
- 1 cup of mixed nuts of your choice
- 1/4 of a cup of seeds of choice (e.g Chia, Sesame, Sunflower, Pumpkin)
- 1/2 cup of shredded coconut
- 2 tsp of cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp of vanilla
- 1/4 cup of maple syrup or honey mixed with water
After the muesli has cooled down, you can add some raisins and other dried fruit, such as apple, banana, cherries, cranberries, apricot, dates, plums, prunes etc.
Place all the dry ingredients in a bowl and stir. Combine the maple syrup and vanilla and stir so everything is combined. Spread the muesli on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Toast at 140ºC for 30 to 40 minutes. Stir every 10 minutes, making sure everything is evenly toasted. Leave to cool completely in a bowl then add the dried fruit and store in an airtight container.
Scrambled eggs with Spinach.
Scramble your eggs and saute the spinach with garlic and a little onion in the same frying pan. Less dishes!
The following recipe I learned from Wardeh Harmon from gnowfglins.com. She is a brilliant cook and teacher on the subject of real food. A real inspiration!
Apple-Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal (Soaked)
- 6 cups thick rolled oats
- 1/2 cup acid, such as whey or raw apple cider vinegar (or sourdough starter, to improve the effectiveness of the soaking)
- 8 cups water
- 1/2 to 1 cup chopped walnuts (or any other nut/seed — I often add a handful of raw sunflower seeds)
- 1/2 cup butter, lightly melted
- 2 cups whole milk
- 6 eggs
- 1/2 cup rapadura, sucanat or palm sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 apple, diced finely or shredded
- 1 cup raisins (optional)
- 1 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut (optional)
Yield: 1 9” x 13” pan or 2 8″ square pans.
Combine oats, acid (or sourdough starter*), water, and nuts/seeds in a big bowl. Cover and let soak overnight.
*Sourdough starter improves the soaking’s effectiveness by adding phytase to reduce phytic acid — which otherwise the oats lack — as well as organisms to accomplish an overnight fermentation. Don’t worry, it won’t be sour — if you rinse well the next morning!
In the morning, preheat the oven to 190 Celsius. Drain the oats through a fine sieve. Rinse and allow to drain again.
In a big mixing bowl, whisk together butter, milk, eggs, sweetener, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt. Add oats and mix well. Add the apples, raisins and coconut and mix in gently.
Transfer to a greased 9” x 13” baking dish (or two 8” square cake pans). Smooth the top. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Remove from oven to a cooling rack. Allow 15 minutes to rest before cutting into bars. Eat in a bowl with yogurt, kefir, or milk. Or as a bar with maple syrup and fresh fruit. Store leftovers in refrigerator, though I usually leave them out for a day or so first.
For more of Wardeh’s great wholesome recipes, please visit her website.
Breakfast waffles with chocolate sauce
- 250 gr. butter melted
- 2 tbs of honey/maple syrup
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 6 eggs
- 400 gr. flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 400 ml milk
- A handful or more of dark chocolate chips
- and 1/2 a can of coconut milk
- maplesyrup if you want extra sweetness
Combine in a bowl, butter, honey, vanilla and eggs. When well stirred add the milk. Now slowly add the flour and the baking powder. Best stirred with a mixer, a blender or a thermomix.
Warm up your waffle maker and bake these delicious waffles for a special breakfast occasion. Top with your favourite toppings. We use berries and maple syrup in our house as well as the chocolate topping.
To make the chocolate sauce, simply warm the ingredients in a sauce pan and stir till combined.