Thursday, April 28, 2011

Carrot Cake Breakfast

Testing week in elementary school.  I understand the need to measure learning and collect data to improve teaching methods, but I picture a room full of 7 year olds trying to concentrate on a piece of paper for more than their attention span is capable.  How accurate are these results, really?  Not that I could come up with a superior system.  Anyway, the first grader came home from school last Friday telling me I needed to make something healthy for breakfast every day this week.  With a smirk, I agreed.

My first thought was vegetables :) I had made this interesting cereal a few times before, I thought it was surprisingly good, but 2 out of 5 family members did not agree.  I adapted it slightly using the ingredients for carrot cake as my inspiration and came up with a new version that we could all enjoy.  Next time I think I will make it parfait style, layering the carrot mixture with the yogurt mixture.  Testing, what a great excuse to try new recipes.

1 cup yogurt
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon cardamom
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 ½ cup grated carrots
1/3 cup walnuts, chopped
¼ cup raisins
½ cup shredded coconut

Combine yogurt, honey, vanilla, salt, cinnamon, cardamom and chia seeds.  Mix well and let set up 5 minutes (or overnight in the fridge).  Toss carrots, nuts, raisins and coconut in a bowl and top with yogurt mixture.
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  1. This sounds delicious! It's a great twist on my regular chia pudding, will have to give it a go. Thanks for posting!

  2. I definetely will make this recipe. I love cardamom and it so delicious and healthy. I am your newest follower and subscriber. I would love it if you visited my blog and followed me back.

  3. Ohhhh, what a great idea. A little sweet and a lot healthy.

    I'd love to have you share this recipe on my weekly link-up, Sweet Tooth Friday. I hope to see you there.

  4. This looks like a great idea. My husband just asked me to make carrot salad - but I think I am going to give this a try.

    Thanks for sharing.



  5. I know this is an old post, just wanted you to know I am still reading. Made this for breakfast today and my kids devoured it! Ill have to double it next time, there was barely enough, so yummy! Thanks!


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