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Apple Cranberry Millet Breakfast Cakes

Posted on 28 Sep 2014 by maisha (posted in: blogs)

Have you ever thought about the amount of time you spend at work? The average number of hours we spend at work from the age 18 to 65, based on a 40-hour work week, exceeds 97.000 hours! And this number doesn't even include the time we spend getting to and from work.
I started thinking about this when I realized that the only meal I don't eat at work, is dinner. Every weekend I spend a few hours on preparation and organization to ensure that all my meals and snacks consumed at work will be healthy ones. My breakfast for the coming week will mostly contain these:

These apple cranberry millet cakes are stackable, snackable, and to-go. Perfect for breakfast or any other time of day. And no need to get bored, since you can dress them up or down as you please: eat with quark/yogurt, plain, or topped with peanut butter... just saying ;-)

Making a large batch is very easy, so that you can enjoy these with your loved one(s) or freeze extras for the next week.

Apple Cranberry Millet Breakfast Cakes (makes 14 bars or cakes)

Note: you can add more or less spices to your liking and if you don't have whole spices, just use powder.
Nutritional info per bar/cake (based on 14 total):

Ingredients


  • 500 g raw millet, rinsed
  • 480 mL (2 c) water
  • 1 liter 2% fat organic milk
  • 1 stick of cinnamon
  • 3 whole cardamom pods
  • 1 clove
  • half a star anise
  • 400 g roasted apples (or use apple sauce/compote)
  • 4 egg whites
  • a package of fresh cranberries, rinsed and thawed (if using frozen)



Instructions


  1. Cook the millet in the milk and water, together with the spices until all the liquid is absorbed and you have a thick porridge. This takes about 45 minutes on low heat and only requires serious attention and stirring during the last 10 minutes or so.
  2. Let the porridge cool down completely and remove the spices (if using whole).
  3. Add the egg whites and cranberries and stir the mixture to combine (it will be quite stiff).
  4. Transfer mixture to a lightly greased baking dish (lasagna dish) or muffin tin(s) or both, and bake 40 minutes in a preheated oven at 180°C. The top(s) should have formed a nice golden brown crust.
  5. Let cool down completely before cutting in bars or removing from muffin tin.

 

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