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Big D’s Breakfast Mix


Big D and I have a big love of oatmeal. It started when we were children and carried on into adulthood. It has always been a staple on our camping and kayaking trips – easy to pack and prepare simply with water (ideally hot if we properly manage our alcohol stove fuel). Although our love for the stuff carries on, our desire to avoid high carbohydrate foods is now ever present.

The other morning we decided to try some of our staple pantry ingredients to make a low carbohydrate version of a morning porridge. The chia seeds worked well as a thickener, and gave us all serious boosts of energy that lasted pretty much all day, which is very much needed during a cold winter day.

After making a thinner version for Little B, she came on board with our concoction as well, followed by the demand to recite the old porridge-centric fairy tale, The Three Bears. Quite appropriate, I thought! I am thinking future batches may include a bit of peanut butter, or sprinkling of cocoa powder for fun. Little B will eat pretty much anything with berries on it, so it is almost a sure thing in the future for her too!

The mix recipe can easily be doubled or tripled, as long as it is kept in an air tight container, so go ahead and stock up!

Big D’s Breakfast Mix

1 cup golden flaxseed meal
1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
2 cups almond meal
2/3 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons sea salt

For Single Serving
1/2 cup breakfast mix
1/2 cup hot water
¼ cup heavy cream or other milk product (soy, almond, cashew, lactose free…)
Dash of preferred sweetener (optional)
Nuts or berries (optional)

Combine flaxseed meal, coconut, almond meal, chia seeds, cinnamon and salt in an air tight container. Stir or shake until ingredients are well mixed together.

To prepare a bowl of breakfast mix, stir the bulk mix, then scoop ½ cup of the mixture in a bowl. Add hot water and stir, then add sweetener and cream. Stir once more and then let sit for at least one minute to thicken. Add more hot water to adjust thickness as desired. Add nuts or berries if desired and eat immediately.

Mallow Bars

My little girl likes Cheerios®. Specifically, she likes Cinnamon Burst Cheerios®, and has recently decided that a tidy little bowl of dry cereal is not as novel as it used to be. Now she wants milk on it. Since she often eats cereal while secured in her car seat as I am driving, her new penchant for milky cereal has put a crimp in my ability to transport her and have her clothes dry upon arrival at our destination. I decided to try and find something even MORE novel than cereal in milk. Since she also likes marshmallows my mind was led to a logical conclusion – cereal treats. Although my childhood was filled with crispy rice treats, my girl could care less for snap, crackle and pop. She likes her Os; therefore, I will give them to her. This recipe works great for snacking while driving, although her hands may be a bit sticky when we arrive. I found the recipe here. I used the Honey Nut version and dumped in some extra cinnamon because, well, cinnamon is good. Otherwise, I followed the simple recipe as presented.

Cheerios® Marshmallow Bars

3 Tbsp butter

1 tsp cinnamon

1 bag (10 1/2 oz) miniature marshmallows (6 cups)

5 cups Cheerios® cereal

Butter a 13×9-inch pan. In a large microwavable bowl, microwave butter and marshmallows uncovered on High for about 2 minutes. Stir every minute, until smooth. Immediately stir in cereal until evenly coated. Using buttered back of spoon or hands, press mixture firmly in pan; cool. For bars, cut into 6 rows by 4 rows. Store loosely covered.


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