I have never been a big breakfast eater.
Remember, I am the kid who grew up drinking Carnation’s Instant Breakfast every morning for years!
One of my goals for 2009 is to eat healthier and since breakfast is the most important meal of the day I figured I better start eating it.
I don’t like a lot of variation in my breakfast menu so I have been eating Nancy’s Plain Low Fat Yogurt with about a 1/3 of a cup of granola sprinkled on top and a drizzle of honey every morning. I just buy the granola that is in the bulk food section of Winco. I throw on some fresh berries when I have them too.
Pretty simple but good.
I decided it was time to dress up my breakfast menu a bit. It’s still yogurt and granola but just a little fancier.
And then I found a recipe for making your own granola over at Everyday Insanity. Granola is healthy? Right? There is oatmeal and nuts in it! I guess as long as you don’t count the butter and brown sugar you add in it’s healthy – but it is so good! I had never made my own granola before – man does your house smell great when it is baking!
So here is my dressed up version of my daily breakfast. I have to admit it does taste more like dessert than breakfast and in fact I ate it for dessert on Sunday! It is a bit higher in calories too so I will probably go back to my boring version but it is fun for a special treat.
Step One: Add your favorite fruit – I used fresh strawberries and frozen blueberries I had picked last summer.
Step Two: Pour Yogurt Cream over the berries
1 1/4 C heavy cream
1 1/2 C plain, unflavored yogurt
1/2 to 3/4 C brown sugar
Place yogurt in bowl. Add the cream. Whisk until combined. It will be nice and thick.
Sprinkle the brown sugar evenly over the top of the yogurt mixture. Do not stir the mixture. Cover the bowl with foil or plastic wrap and tightly seal the edges. Place in the refrigerator for at least three or four hours or overnight.
When ready to eat stir the mixture until smooth.
Step Three: Add granola and enjoy! Yummy!!
What do you eat for breakfast?
7 ½ cups rolled oats
2 cups sliced or slivered almonds
1 ½ cups raw cashews
1/2 pound butter, unsalted
2/3 cup honey
1 ¼ cup brown sugar
1 t. nutmeg, ground
1 t. cinnamon, ground
6 oz. dried cherries
Combine the first 3 ingredients in a very large bowl. Melt together the next 5 ingredients while whisking. It should just come to the boil. Pour over the oat mixture and toss around until all oats and nuts are coated. Disperse onto sheet pans lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350 degrees, tossing the mixture ensuring even baking. Stir after 15 minutes, cook 3 more minutes and stir, cook one more minute and remove from oven. Granola should just begin to brown. It will get darker as it sits. Don’t overcook it will still be good but too hard.When the granola has reached desired color, dump the granola onto a counter and toss a few times during its cooling time.When the granola has cooled, sprinkle on the dried cheeries, toss and put into a container. Cover and place in the pantry.