In Nordic countries, rice pudding is a popular breakfast. With all their cold, dark winters, those tough Nordic people really know their cozy breakfasts!
It’s been a slog getting through the last of Winter here (wait a minute, it’s supposed to be “Spring” now, isn’t it?!) – we’ve had endless days of non-stop rain. The sun shone one day last week and I felt like a brand new person! I’m hoping this Breakfast Rice Pudding with Quick Almond Granola will help get me through…
My two favourite breakfast foods to keep stocked in the house at all times:
- Homemade granola
- Muffins stashed in my freezer
Homemade granola is SO NECESSARY to have on hand. Sprinkle it on your yogurt! Douse it with milk, like a healthy cereal! Eat it by the handfuls and handfuls for snacks because you can’t resist! (Just me?!)
You’re in luck because homemade granola is also SO SIMPLE to make. There was a time when I used to eat yogurt and granola every day for breakfast, and I was ploughing through bags of store-bought granola. Those bags of granola from the grocery store are not cheap, and are full of added sugars and preservatives that your body can do without!
Once you try making your own granola (and I turn you into a granola snob!), there’s no going back to those store-bought bags!
Sliced Apples! Peanut butter! Granola!
There are only three ingredients in these Apple Granola Sandwiches – my favourite being the peanut butter. Did you know I have an obsession with peanut butter? I eat it out of the jar like nobody’s business.
These cute little breakfast sandwiches are a cinch to make – just slice a whole apple into rounds, slather each slice with peanut butter, and sprinkle with granola. Press the apple slices together – and ta da! You have breakfast to go!
Granola is one of my very favourite breakfast foods to make from scratch – it’s so customizable and so much more affordable than buying a bag at the store! I love slipping in extra cinnamon or my favourite nuts – and it makes such a satisfying breakfast with a splash of almond milk or sprinkled over yogurt.
My granola game changed when I raided the bulk bins at the grocery store and found buckwheat. Buckwheat are cute little grain-like seeds, except they’re not a grain at all! They’re actually a fruit seed (?!). And if you’re gluten-sensitive, buckwheat is completely gluten-free.
I have a little notebook where I jot down recipes that are given to me by friends on scraps of paper, or from colleagues on post-it notes. Cooking is a favourite conversation subject of mine, so inevitably someone is always giving me a recipe to try. 😉
These Simple Homemade Granola Bars are a recipe given to me by a friend, during the time after university when I was single and learning how to cook for myself. (It was also during the time where me and said friend would get together for ‘Sex and the City’ parties, where we drank Cosmopolitans and watched through the six seasons together.)
So these granola bars really deserve to be called Laurel’s Granola Bars.