Sneaky goodness at breakfast time

Year 4 has arrived and with it the joy of times tables.

Like the daggiest of mums singing along to top 40 songs I’ve no clue about, my rendition of the times tables is pretty patchy.

I’m good for the 2s, 3s, 4s and 5s. Even my 6s aren’t too bad, but once I hit the 7s I’m in trouble. Regardless, I sing along with Miss F with conviction… “seven times five is 35, seven times six is foooorrrrrrrrrrtttyyyyy… (I stretch it out so I can do some silent addition onto the previous answer) TWO! Seven times seven is 49, seven times eight isssssssssssssssssssss (pausing until she answers first and I just join in)sssssssssssss… 56!

Even more proof that my kids are smarter than me. Must be all the morning goodness that I’m shoving onto their porridge at the moment. Last year we enjoyed our magic morning powder throughout the winter. This year I’ve stepped it up a notch, cramming in even more nutrients via walnuts and cutting out the sugar. Adding in a few sultanas and currants sweetens it to acceptable levels. Although dad’s version tends to have a bit of brown sugar added in, too.

Blitz the mix until it's a texture that suits your household.

Blitz the mix until it’s a texture that suits your household.

Sugar-free porridge topping

1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup walnuts
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup pecans
1 tsp cinnamon

Pop everything into a blender and blitz until a texture you find appealing. I like mine quite gritty, but others might prefer a finer powder.

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10 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Megan said,

    This sounds very yummy, will give it a try tomorrow :) thanks.

  2. 2

    Lovely idea. My daughter has chia “sprinkles” & honey but this sounds like a great change-up to our porridge mornings.

  3. 3

    susievenkat said,

    We’ve been enjoying ‘Magic Morning Powder’. Will feel guilty if I don’t try this sugar-free version!

    • 4

      wendyblume said,

      This one is nice for a change, but at the same time I’m not anti-sugar. If a bit of brown sugar helps the porridge disappear then I’m all for it. So important that they eat something at the start of the day.

  4. 5

    Melissa Ross said,

    This topping sounds fabulous. I’m not much of a breakfast eater, but I’d love this on fruit and yoghurt for morning tea. I think the kids would probably love the flavour too and it would certainly make weetbix more exciting!

  5. 7

    Allison said,

    Finally tried your magic morning powder this morning…it was delish! Will have to try this version too. Thanks for all the great recipes!

  6. 9

    Jessica Huet said,

    What a great way to include nuts into your diet. I’m not a huge fan of nuts, but I know they are so good for you! I’ll be definitely trying this recipe!


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