Make your own Breakfast Cereals
We have been told for a number of years now that convenience food is more convenient than making your own, yet it seems that this message is not true. Making your own meals works out cheaper and often a lot easier than people imagine.
It’s actually very straightforward to go out every week with a shopping list, plan for the week and buy your ingredients. When I run my cookery classes, people look in disbelief at how quick and easy many meals are to cook. It seems its people perceptions that are preventing them from cooking, not the actually cooking itself.
There is an ongoing concern about what is being put into our breakfast cereals. Most breakfast cereals on the shelves, whether marketed as helping with weight loss or being full of fibre, are high in salt, sugar and fat (consuming these are linked to serious diseases).
Most cereal packets are also made with refined grains, such white rice or processed corn or wheat, making them low in nutrients and low in fibre. This results in feeling hungry again quickly and reaching for the mid morning muffin or scone and will result in sugar cravings later on in the day. Choose whole grain cereals instead or make your own!
The great thing about this granola is lasts you the week. If you didn’t toast the oats, you could call this muesli (take out the oil for toasting).
- 2 cups of oat flakes (120 grams)
- 1 dessert spoon oil
- 1 teaspoon of runny honey or maple syrup
- 2 tbsp pumpkin seeds
- 2 tbsp sunflower seeds
- 2 tbsp linseeds
- 2 tbsp desiccated coconut
- 2 tbsp chopped nuts (cashews are lovely)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
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- Heat oven to 150oc
- Mix the oat flakes, oil and honey/maple well in a bowl and spread evenly on a baking tray. Place in oven for 10 mins, shaking occasionally.
- Add the other ingredients and toast for another 5-10 mins.
- Serve with chopped fruit and a good dollop of yogurt.