Breakfast - Most Important Meal of the Day

Breakfast is one of the most important meal of the day. So you should make sure that you get a good one. Apple cinnamon granola, fluffy peach pancakes, healthy carrot muffins and homemade maple granola are 4 great recipes that make a delicious breakfast.

Below are the recipes so you can prepare them tomorrow morning.

1. Apple Cinnamon Granola

The great thing about granola is that it's so quick and easy to make it into a breakfast meal, serve it with vanilla yogurt or a fresh fruit salad.

Stored in sealed jars in a dry place at room temperature, it will keep for 1 to 2 months.

Ingredients

- 4 cups oatmeal
- 1 cup wheat germ
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- Dash of ground nutmeg
- ½ cup walnuts, finely chopped
- ½ cup honey
- 2 tbsp sunflower oil + a little more for oiling baking sheet
- 1 cup dried apples, finely chopped
- ½ cup raisins

Directions:

- Preheat oven to 275ºF. In a large mixing bowl, mix together oatmeal, wheat germ, cinnamon, nutmeg and walnuts.
- In a separate small bowl, mix together honey and sunflower oil and drizzle over top of oat mixture. Mix together, stirring constantly, until oat mixture is evenly coated with honey and oil.
- Lightly oil a large baking sheet and spread honey/oat mixture over pan. Place in oven for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
- Once granola turns a golden colour, remove from oven, set aside to cool. Prepare jars to put ready granola in.
- Once cool, blend dried apples and raisins with granola and transfer mixture into jars, once cool, eat and store extra in a dry place.

Makes about 6 cups

2. Fluffy Peach Pancakes

I know, I know pancakes are what a lot of people have for breakfast. But these Peach pancakes are a little different than the pancakes you may already be heaving.

Ingredients:

To make the pancakes

- 1½ cups all-purpose flour
- 2½ tbsp sugar
- 1½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- 3 tbsp unsalted butter
- 1¼ cups buttermilk
- 2 large eggs
- ½ vanilla bean, scraped
- More butter, for cooking pancakes
- Pure maple syrup, for serving

To make the peaches

- 2 tbsp unsalted butter
- 2 ripe peaches, halved, cored and thinly sliced
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- ½ tsp cinnamon

Directions:

- Over a large bowl, sift flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix together.
- In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt butter.
- Once melted pour into a medium bowl along with milk, eggs and vanilla. Whisk together.
- In small batches, slowly whisk wet mixture with dry mixture, until just combined, making sure that you do not over whisk.
- Cover bowl and allow mixture to rest for at least an hour.
- Preheat oven to 200º F, when ready to make pancakes.
- In a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat, melt butter.
- Once melted reduce heat to medium-low and pour ? cup of the batter into the pan.
- After 2-3 minutes, or once the top of the batter starts to bubble, flip pancake over.
- Cook until cooked through, which should take another 3 minutes or so.
- Once fully cooked, transfer pancake onto a heatproof platter and place into the preheated oven to keep warm until ready to serve.
- Repeat the same procedure with the remaining batter, adding fresh butter to the skillet every time.
- Once all pancakes are done cooking and are in the oven keeping warm, start making the peaches.
- Take the skillet used to make the pancakes and wipe clean.
- Over medium-low heat melt butter, once melted, add peaches.
- Sauté, turning once, until peaches begin to soften.
- Add sugar, lemon juice and cinnamon to pan and cook for 1 more minute.
- Place pancakes on individual plates.
- Place peaches and pour maple syrup on top.
- Serve immediately.

Serves 4

3. Healthy Carrot Muffins

Stored in a container in a cool dry place, they will keep for 3-4 days. They can also be stored in the freezer in an airtight sealed freezer bag for up to one month.

Ingredients:

- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- ½ cup natural bran
- ½ cup oat bran
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp nutmeg
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ cup packed brown sugar
- 1 egg
- ½ cup milk
- ¼ cup melted margarine
- 1½ cups carrot, finely grated
- ½ cup raisins

Directions:

- Preheat oven to 375° F.
- In a medium sized mixing bowl mix together flour, natural and oat bran, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. - Blend in brown sugar until no lumps remain.
- In a small bowl, beat together egg, milk, margarine and carrots.
- Pour mixture all at once over dry mixture, add in raisins and stir until just moistened.
- Do not over-mix.
- Spoon batter into 8 large muffin cups or 12 medium-sized cups.
- Place into the heated oven and bake for 25 minutes.

Makes 8 large muffins or 12 medium sized muffins

4. Homemade Maple Granola

Stored in an airtight container in the fridge without the fruit it will keep for up to 7 days.

Ingredients:

- 2½ cups unsweetened kamut flakes
- ½ cup slivered almonds
- 2 tbsp cold unsalted butter
- ¼ cup whole-wheat flour
- 1 tbsp sugar
- ¼ tsp salt
- 3 tbsp pure maple syrup
- ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
- cup golden raisins
- Exotic fruit Mix

Directions:

- Preheat oven to 350ºF and cover a heavy baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Pour kamut flakes and almonds into a medium sized mixing bowl and toss together with hands.
- Spread across baking sheet and toast in the oven. Once it turns a golden-brown colour transfer back into mixing bowl.
- Place cold butter onto a cutting board and cut into small pieces.
- Once cut, transfer into a small bowl along with whole-wheat flour, sugar and salt.
- Rub mixture together, using your fingers until it looks like coarse crumbs.
- Gradually stir flour mixture into mixing bowl with toasted kamut flakes and almonds.
- Set aside.
- Prepare another heavy baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Set aside.
- Combine maple syrup and vanilla extract, using a rubber spatula, in a small mixing bowl.
- Once well mixed evenly pour over flour, almond and flake mixture, combine together.
- Spread granola onto prepared baking sheets and place into the oven to toast for about 13 minutes, stirring once. - Once toasted pour granola into a clean bowl and set aside to cool.
- Pour in raisins with granola and mix together.
- Using a large spoon sprinkle granola onto bed of Exotic Fruit Salad.

Serves 4

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