07 March 2014

Morning Glory

Good mornin' sunshines!

No? Not a morning person?

Would it make a difference if I let you in on a sneaky lil' somethin' somethin' that'll get you stirring from your sleepy slumber? It really is quite scrumptious, you know.

It's a right lil' bright & breezy crunchy, punchy breakfast number! You can whip it up in a flash, have it toasting away whilst you scrub away last nights work cocktails and be munching your way through it in no time at all! 

Easy-peasy, lemon-squeasy 'Homemade Maple Cinnamon Crunch Clusters.' A glorious way to start your day & get you up & at 'em!

So tuck your sleepy feet into some slippers & shuffle along to the kitchen.

You'll need...
150g steel-cut oats(not the instant quaker-oats kind)
A couple handfuls of Special K, rice crispies (any cereal you like)
3 heaped tbsps of golden maple syrup
A generous squidge of honey
Splash of vanilla extract
A good ol' dirty dusting of Cinnamon
A sprinkling of nutmeg

Optional extras: a pic n'mix variety of health goodies - dried cranberries, blueberries, raisins, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, crushed up brazil nuts, the list is endless!
You could even sneak in some cheeky chocolate chip drops if your heart so wishes...I won't tell if you don't!

Preheat your oven to 170°C, 340°F, gas mark 4.

Start off by measuring out your oats and popping them into a medium-sized bowl.

Next up, stick your hand into a box of cereal you have lurking in the back of your cupboard and pull out a couple of handfuls, crunching it up into your hand whilst it spills into the bowl.

A touch of relaxing morning therapy whilst you make your brekkie..a 2-for-1 bargain right there. You're welcome.

Grab your cinnamon & nutmeg and any other spices that might take your fancy (maybe not the smoked paprika... I don't think that'll mingle too well). 

Give them both a dirty ol' shake all over your oats. I like my granola clusters quite impregnated with a cinnamon flavour so I tend to go to town with this step!

Now it's time to get all sweet & sticky, so get your maple syrup & measure out roughly 3 large heaped tablespoons, dripping it into your oaty bowl. 

The busy workers we are have no time to be precise and articulate here, just shove it all in & hope for the best.

Do the same with your honey, giving the bottle a nice big squeeze into the bowl & splash in a touch of vanilla extract.

Grab a wooden spoon & get stuck in chicos. Mix, mix, mix. A bit of elbow grease should see you on your way to some big boy cluster clumps.

Pour your mix into a greaseproof dish & flatten it all down with the back of the spoon so that it mingles & sticks together. 

This is what creates the magic gives you those crisp chunk clusters!

Bung it into the oven for 20 minutes whilst you scamper upstairs & take a speedy shower to wash away the shame of yesterday's after work drinks.

After 20 minutes, you should end up with a golden slab that looks a bit like this...

I didn't use any nuts or dried fruit in my batch but if you wanted to add in some naughty extras, add them in 10 minutes before the end so that they don't get too heated & burn. 

Nothing worse than a blackened piece of brazilian nut in your granola, eh? Life sometimes.

Let your slab cool for 5-10 minutes whilst you run a few cleaning errands & it'll be ready to rip up into delectable pieces of sunshine. Ever so nifty. 

Using a spoon or being a scamp like me, use your hands to get stuck in & crumble it up into lumps of golden goodness. 

Pop it into an airtight container & it'll keep its crisp for up to a week. I warn you now, it'll disappear before you know it.

Pop the radio on for a touch of happy morning jammin', crack open the paper & snuggle down for a magnificent breakfast.

It's delightfully delicious sprinkled on top of some cereal, nestled amongst some juicy berries & lapped up with a steamin' mug of tea or coffee. 

¡Que tengas un buen día!


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