To be completely honest with you I find eating breakfast a real struggle. I have been told time and time again by dietitians, personal trainers and even my Mum that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. For some reason breakfast just doesn't overly excite me. For years I have skipped breakfast, not for any crazy weight loss reasons but because a lot of the time I don't wake up hungry and most traditional breakfast items don't really take my fancy. Don't get me wrong on the weekends I love nothing more than a good brunch - either home cooked or at a cafe. I love having the time on the weekends to actually make what I feel like - pancakes, eggs, porridge, you name it. I love being able to sit and eat my food at a time when I am actually hungry, but Monday to Friday I struggle. I will find myself bored after a few days with store bought cereals, unimpressed with the amount of dried fruit in lots of muesli (I hate sultanas and cannot stand dried apricots), or hungry only half an hour after a smoothie. But skipping breakfast means that I tend to overeat at lunchtime, lose concentration at about 10am and become seriously hangry! So this week I decided to shake things up and make my own muesli for a quick breakfast that I can prepare the night before, filled with nutritious and filling ingredients and most of all super tasty!
I love pumpkin seeds or pepitas - like seriously I will eat them by the handful, so I was keen to give these a go in my muesli. I find my tummy doesn't love honey so I decided to instead use maple syrup to give it a hint of sweetness. Lastly, one of the few dried fruits I actually like are cranberries - I love the sweet and sour taste of them. I mixed all of these ingredients plus a few more into a big bowl, popped it into the oven and the result was this delicious brekkie! You could use this on it's own as a snack or use it to top a berry crumble. Personally, I like to serve about 1/4 cup of this muesli with a serving of plain unsweetened Greek yoghurt (I love the Chobani one) and top with berries. Enjoy!
Maple Spiced Muesli (serves 12)
Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line a baking tray with baking paper and set aside
Mix rolled oats, pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries, maple syrup and cinnamon together until well combined and the mixture is sticky
Place the mixture on the baking tray and spread evenly
Bake for 15 - 20 minutes or until golden
Allow the mixture to cool for 10 minutes
Once cooled place the muesli in an airtight container for up to a week
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