Gluten free, dairy free breakfasts. Option 14 – muesli Reply

So now I am starting to run out of my own breakfast ideas and have been going through my books to see if there are any ideas I could borrow and adapt. As Annabel Karmel is widely regarded as a ‘feeding the kids’ guru, I thought I would revisit her book for some inspiration. Yesterday’s porridge post seemed to go down well – with everyone but Zac, so I decided another healthy looking recipe would be good.

Quick and easy are the types of recipe that always catch my eye first, so anything that requires minimal mess, cooking and skill always comes out on top – and that is why I have just made my first muesli. I can’t believe I have never done it before – it took about five minutes. In my student days it was my favourite breakfast, yet I have never given it to the children. Obviously for the last 3 years we have been a gluten free kitchen, so you can perhaps forgive me for writing off any oat based meals. So now we know that gluten free oats are (mostly) suitable, I feel like exploring what else can be made from them apart from porridge.

I found this recipe in Feeding your Baby and Toddler (by Annabel Karmel). The ingredients are:

30g (1oz) rolled oats (I used gluten free porridge oats)

30g (1oz) toasted wheatgerm (I didn’t have any and it can’t be safe for a wheat allergic kid, so replaced it with more gf oats!)

1 tbsp sultanas – I used several handfuls as I love sultanas, and I don’t have a tablespoon and am not sure how much it is – but I once read that Nigella Lawson advises that a tablespoon is the equivalent of three teaspoons!

150ml (5fl oz) white grape juice or apple juice – I used apple, it’s all I had in the fridge

1/2 red apple – peeled and grated. I plan to use a Cox’s and will chop it into tiny cubes – I think the grating was suggested as this recipe is in the weaning section of her book and is really for babies!

3 grapes – she says they should be halved and deseeded – I plan to chop five or six red grapes into little quarters.

The method is so simple. You just put the oats into a bowl with the dried apricots and sultanas. Pour over the grape juice and leave to soak for a couple of hours, or overnight, which is what I have done. You add the apple and grapes the next morning when you are ready to serve. So that is what I am going to do. I guess you could serve it with your normal dairy free milk, or yoghurt or even eat it as it is. Will have to wait and see. Here is a picture of how it looks now. Will post another in the morning, once it is ready and I have added the fruit – hope he likes it!

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