Feeling like I’m doing everything and nothing right now. Long days that never seem to have enough time, filling me with exhaustion and no sense of achievement. Just getting by, and that’s ok. Adjust your expectations of yourself in isolation Mumma’s. Be kind to yourself. Manage and focus on what you can control and leave the rest to land where it will. Let’s start with breakfast…

When it comes to kids, it’s true what they say, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Breakfast needs to give them the fuel they need to be active and play, to be motivated to concentrate and learn, as well as remember and harness new skills – how our kids start their day can greatly influence their success at school. Cereal, is the breakfast of choice for most kids, but most commercial breakfast cereals are made from refined grains, excess amounts of sugars, vegetable oil and salt. They deliver no nutrients, cause blood sugar spikes and leave kids feeling hungry and irritable, not long after. It’s not giving the the best start to their day, but if they love cereal, you might want to give my Maple Crunch Granola a try.

With protein, fibre and healthy fats my Maple Crunch Granola will fuel growing bodies and brains, especially when served up with some full-fat yoghurt and seasonal fruit. We also eat it a top some stewed apples (like a makeshift crumble), sprinkled over porridge, or straight out of the jar. The trick to making a crunchy granola is baking it in a tray, like a giant biscuit, until golden and then allowing it to cool completely before breaking in to chunks.

Maple Crunch Granola

Makes: 3 cups – Prep time: 5-mins – Cook time: 20-minutes (+ cooling)

Ingredients:

1/2 cup almond meal
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 cup flaked almonds
1/4 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1 Tbsp chia seeds
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup olive oil or macadamia oil
1 tsp cinnamon
Pinch of sea salt

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 160’C.
2. Line 20 x 20cm baking dish with baking paper.
3. Combine all dry ingredients together in large bowl.
4. Combine maple syrup, olive oil, cinnamon and salt in small bowl and whisk together.
5. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix to combine.
6. Press mixture in baking dish and bake in over for 20-minutes or until golden brown on top.
7. Allow to cool in baking dish, then break apart in to chunks – this part is essential if you want a chunky granola, otherwise it becomes more of a toasted muesli.

Happy Cooking!
Lucy x

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