First Meal to Slide

First Meal to Slide

I know that as the year gets going, a healthy breakfast can be one of the first meals to slide. We often reach for something quick and easy (and unhealthy). You can feed yourself and your family on a rushed morning with a few simple steps, and nothing has to come from a box. Breakfast in our house is usually a rotating lists of foods. At 7am when the kids are running around I need quick nutritious foods.

I love a good homemade granola. Honestly, I haven’t found a store-bought cereal I can stand behind. Even the brands that advertise “whole grain” are usually still loaded with sweeteners and preservatives. So I make my own. I can’t tell you how fast it is to throw together some granola that you can use as cereal in the mornings. This granola recipe took me 10 minutes to toss together and 45 minutes of baking. You can make some on the weekend or on a weekday when you have some time and you’ll have cereal ready when you need it during the week.

Good, healthy breakfasts take a little preparation but totally pay off. This chocolate peanut granola is so amazing, you won’t ever want to go back to cocoa cereal. It’s chocolaty, crunchy, sweet, and filling. If you don’t have time to eat it with milk, simply put it in a little bag and take it with you. If you have some left at the end of your week, you could always reward yourself for the healthy breakfasts and sprinkle it over vanilla ice cream!

Chocolate Peanut Granola

This recipe leaves lots of room for creativity. You can substitute the peanuts with almonds, pecans, or walnuts or try adding dried fruits like cherries to change things up a bit.

Makes about 10 cups Adapted from Food Network

1/4 cup cacao powder (or cocoa powder)
4 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 cup sunflower seeds
3/4 cup white sesame seeds
2/3 cup coconut oil, melted
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/2 cup organic whole cane sugar or sucanat
2 cups raw peanuts
1 teaspoon coarse sea salt

Preheat oven to 300°F and adjust rack to middle position. Mix everything together very well in a large mixing bowl. Spread the mixture evenly on two baking sheets lined with parchment paper and bake for 45 minutes, turning over half-way through baking. Cool completely before serving. Crumble and store in an airtight container.

Carrie Vitt

Carrie Vitt is the author of the cookbook Deliciously Organic and publisher of popular food blog, Deliciously Organic. Carrie Vitt began cooking as soon as soon as she could peer over the countertops and by sixteen was working in the kitchens of her mother’s award-winning Dallas catering company, The Festive Kitchen.

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