It’s back to school time here again! My kids started back last week and although they have been happy to be back to school with their friends again, it has been very difficult getting back into a routine after months of lazy summer days.
We did a lot of sleeping in this summer, especially with a new baby in the house, and our mornings started slowly. Suddenly, with the alarm clock buzzing at unfortunately early hours, we are stumbling around in the morning, rushing bleary eyed to be ready and out the door on time. It’s been rough!
That’s where this Cinnamon Almond Muesli comes in. We don’t have time, or energy, for elaborate breakfasts right now as we are still adjusting to the early morning routine. I also don’t want the kids to start their day with a load of sugar from unhealthy processed cereals.
To keep things quick, but still healthy, in the mornings, we have been turning to this Cinnamon Almond Muesli! It’s a healthier version of classic cold cereal that tastes just as good.
I’ve been mixing up a batch of this on the weekend and storing it in an airtight jar in the pantry for quick breakfasts all week long. The nuts add a little crunch, the dried fruit adds a little sweetness, and the grain flakes provide a healthy serving of proteins, vitamins, and minerals. It’s a cold, easy breakfast cereal you can feel good about!
Best of all, this is so simple. You don’t need to cook anything, so you can pull a big batch of this together in 10 minutes and you’ve got breakfast for days. Easy peasy is as much as this house full of sleepy heads can handle right now!
Like most good family friendly recipes, this is a very flexible cereal recipe too. As long as you follow the recipe’s basic guidelines, you can make it your own breakfast cereal by mixing in your family’s favorite dried fruits, grains, and nuts. Add fresh fruit just before serving to brighten up the flavors even more.
Like any good cold cereal, you can serve this with milk and eat up! It is also excellent sprinkled over yogurt or stirred into kefir for a little added protein.
Now that the kids are in school during the day, I find it is harder for me to want to make a real lunch just for myself. Instead, I’ve been eating a bowl of this with yogurt again at lunchtime too – it does the trick!
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 2/3 cup rye flakes, wheat flakes, quinoa flakes, or corn flakes (or a mixture)
- 1/3 cup slivered almonds
- 1/3 cup dried fruit (raisins, chopped dates, cranberries)
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 cup ground flax seeds
- 3 tablespoons flaked coconut (sweetened or unsweetened)
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- In a large bowl, stir together all of the dry ingredients until well mixed.
- In a small, microwavable glass bowl heat the honey for 5 to 10 seconds. Stir in the vanilla, then drizzle mixture over the dry ingredients. Stir well until evenly coated. Spread mixture on a large sheet pan until dry, about an hour. Store in an airtight container for up to a week.