Start the day with healthy whole grains! They’re full of fiber and incredibly satisfying, so you’ll have all the energy you need to make through a busy morning. Here are some of our favorite ways to prepare them, from homemade granola and muesli to creative spins on oatmeal and pancakes.
|Maple-Almond Granola with Seasonal Fruit
This crunchy granola, lightly sweetened with honey and flavorful grade-B maple syrup, is very versatile: you can stir in almost any type of fresh or dried fruit. Sprinkle over yogurt or serve in a bowl with milk.
|Steel-Cut Oats with Honeyed Pears and Glazed Pecans
Steel-cut oats result in a textured oatmeal, with a deliciously chewy yet tender bite. They do require longer simmering than regular oatmeal, but it’s worth the effort. Top with crunchy sugared pecans and cinnamon-coated pears, and you’ll be in oatmeal heaven.
|Dried-Fruit Granola Bars with Peanut Butter Drizzle
Make a batch of granola bars in advance for grab-and-go weekday breakfasts and snacks on the run. They’re chock-full of wholesome ingredients and topped with a peanut butter drizzle.
Here, buckwheat flour lends flavor and whole-grain goodness to a classic pancake recipe, while tart-sweet blueberries give the tender pancakes bursts of fruit flavor.
|Muesli with Almonds, Coconut and Dried Fruit
This mixture of rolled oats, dried fruit and nuts gets even more whole-grain heft from puffed brown rice and bran flakes.
This no-fuss baked oatmeal comes together quickly and allows for endless variations to make it your own.; try substituting different berries or nuts. Leftovers reheat nicely the next day.
|Whole-Wheat Farina with Berry Swirl
A bright berry sauce swirled into creamy whole-wheat cereal is a sublime alternative to oatmeal. Serve this comforting dish with a splash of milk and a sprinkle of turbinado sugar, if you like.
These whole wheat and millet muffins have a light, airy texture and bright, fresh flavor, thanks to the addition of lemon zest and juice.
Featured Recipe: Homemade Granola with Blueberries & Yogurt