Everyone has one of those mornings every now and then. You know exactly which one we’re referring to—you have every intention of waking up early, getting to the gym before work and fueling your body with a nutritious breakfast before getting stuck into the day. But as it so happens, you slept past your alarm and barely have time to shower let alone make yourself a healthy breakfast. What happens then? You find yourself picking up something at the cafe or hoping you’d just survive off coffee until lunchtime.
This is where the benefits of meal prep kick in. By pre-making your meals and snacks, you have a healthy option on hand in times of need. This quinoa breakfast bar recipe straight out of the pages of The Long Life Plan by Faye James is for these times.
They’re made with rolled oats and puffed quinoa with the added sweetness of natural sugars and don’t contain any of the preservatives or additives found in packaged breakfast bars. If you’re trying to keep your sugar intake down, you can forego the dried fruit and add nuts instead for an extra hit of protein.
RECIPE: Quinoa Breakfast Bars
Serves 8 Prep time: 15 minutes Ingredients
11⁄2 cups rolled oats
11⁄2 cups puffed quinoa
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1⁄2 cup shredded coconut
1⁄4 cup maple syrup
3 tablespoons almond butter 1⁄3 cup coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
11⁄2 cups dried cranberries Melted dark chocolate
Freezer time: 45 minutes Method
1. Grease a baking tray.
2. Mix the oats, quinoa, coconut and cinnamon in one bowl.
3. In a saucepan, mix the maple syrup, almond butter and vanilla over a high heat for 5 minutes, then add quinoa mixture, coconut oil and cranberries.
4. Pack into baking tray using the back of a spoon. Freeze for 45 minutes.
5. Slice into bars and drizzle with melted dark chocolate. The Life Long Plan, New Holland Publishers RRP $35. Available from all good book retailers or online at www.newhollandpublishers.com