It’s time to fix your breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day ignoring which can affect your concentration and leave you cranky for the rest of the day. In my case, I would end up binge eating for the rest of the day.

Post child birth with no family to share the household chores, it was tough going to churn out the regular three meals a day for my family. The first few months were the hardest. My fridge would be stocked with ready to eat bars or croissants. Sleep deprived and hungry most of the time I found it harder to take care of my little one. I turned to Google for some divine intervention/guidance. Thanks to all the amazing cooks who share breakfast quick fixes and easy recipes for troubled souls like me. My food processor, blender, and my refrigerator became my best friends. Pre-cooked meals, quick snacks, frozen sauces and bars all home made and healthy made my life a lot easier. I started getting more family time.

We all know as a mother and working women, finding quality time with family is more important than slogging it away in the kitchen. Although eating out once in a while is fine, I love that. But I prefer eating a healthy meal at home while watching my little one have his share of fun.

Back to breakfast, after my pathetic quick fixes, I started making huge batches of granola. And had it with some yogurt or at times made a parfait with fruits. Weekends were a little elaborate with eggs, pancakes, muffins, toasts or pudding. But for weekdays I stuck to granola as my husband also loves the combination of granola with milk. But on days when he has to rush, he would often grab something on the way from the petrol station. His quick bites included the sugar loaded granola bars or a wrap along with coffee.  I decided to turn some of the granola into bars so that he could pack it in a ziplock. With the variety of dried fruits you can get here you can let your imagination and creativity run wild. Dried figs, coconut, apricots, raisins, cranberries etc., the list is endless. The recipe I shared has a few of the above and some more ingredients. Feel free to switch and try new combinations. Not just breakfast these bars also come handy during a long drive and take care of tiny hunger pangs. So make these and stock your freezer to take care of those rushed mornings while you never get to miss out on a healthy breakfast. My turn to contribute so that it shows up on your next google search for some easy breakfast fixes.

I decided to turn some of the granola into bars so that he could pack it in a ziplock and carry it along. With the variety of dried fruits one finds here you can let your imagination and creativity run wild. Dried figs, coconut, apricots, raisins, cranberries etc., the list is endless. The recipe I shared has a few of the above and some more ingredients. Feel free to switch and try new combinations. Not just breakfast these bars also come handy during a long drive and take care of tiny hunger pangs. So make these and stock your freezer to take care of those rushed mornings while you never get to miss out on a healthy breakfast. My turn to contribute so that it shows up on your next google search for some easy breakfast fixes.


Granola Bars

Granola Bar
Granola Bar
Course:  Breakfast
Cuisine: NA
Preparation Time: 35 Mins
Freezing Time: 5-6 hours
Yield: serves 12-15
INGREDIENTS
Rolled Oats 250 g
Instant Oats 50 g
Almonds and walnuts (slivered) 200 g
Raisins 80 g
Apricots 7-8 (chopped)
Prunes 5-6
Figs 7-8
Sesame Seeds 5 tbsp (toasted)
Wet Ingredients
Peanut Butter (crunchy) 200 g
Coconut Oil 4 1/2 tbsp
Date Syrup 150 g
For Drizzle
Cocoa powder 2 tsp
Maple syrup 2 tsp
Coconut Oil 5 and 1/2 tsp
METHOD
  1. Place the oats and slivered nuts on prepared baking trays lined with paper.
  2. Toast them in preheated oven at 180 C for 10-15 mins mixing them occasionally.
  3. Meanwhile, place the wet ingredients in a pan and gently heat them. Stir continuously so that everything is well combined.
  4. In a large mixing bowl place the toasted ingredients, chopped apricots, prunes, figs, raisins and sesame seeds. Gently pour the peanut butter mixture.
  5. Mix till well combined and pour over lined baking sheet. Top with another parchment paper and press down with a glass to spread evenly.
  6. Cover it with a cling film or another baking sheet and place in the freezer for at least 4-5 hours before cutting them into bars.
  7. For the drizzle, mix cocoa powder and coconut oil. now add maple syrup and mix again. Once you cut the bars according to your desired size drizzle the chocolate and again place them in the freezer for 10-15 mins before enjoying them.
  8. Store in airtight containers in the freezer.

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