A lot of people complain to me about not being able to have a good breakfast, and their main gripe is that they just don’t have time in the morning to do anything beyond pouring some cereal in a bowl with milk and shovelling it down while they’re drying their hair.
I totally understand this. I have the benefit of working from home, and even when I did work in an office I didn’t start til 10, but when I was younger, I gave myself about 5.5 minutes from waking up to leaving the house–and that isn’t exactly conducive to good breakfasts.
However, with a little forward planning, breakfasts can be better. In fact, they can be decadent, extremely healthy and filling, and can take no longer than the time it takes to rip open your box of Cheerios.
This is one of my absolute favourite breakfasts because it feels like a dessert, and I’m really not the kind of person that jumps out of bed singing Oh What a Beautiful Morning in my head. Nope; I need a good half an hour and something delicious before I ever feel ready to handle anything more hectic than than Reddit front page.
It is quite literally a 5-minute meal, and in fact if you blend the nuts and chop the fruit the night before, it’s a 2-minute breakfast. And, believe it or not, it’s fantastic for you. The coconut cream and the nuts contain essential, healthy fats that can easily be turned into energy, meaning that this breakfast will give you a jump start on your day. Bananas contain both potassium and fibre, helping your digestion, and strawberries are packed full of vitamins. Altogether, this is a powerhouse of a breakfast–and it tastes like a treat!
1/4 cup cashews
1/4 cup pistachios
1/4 can coconut milk (use only the cream from the top of the can)
1 cup strawberries, sliced
1 banana, sliced
Whizz the pistachios and cashews together in a food processor for a few seconds until roughly chopped
Make a layer of banana, then strawberry, then the nut mixture, then the coconut cream
Repeat until finished; ensure that the cream is the top layer, with a few strawberry slices and a sprinkle of nuts on top to finish
It really is that simple. Each spoonful of this, if you dig down, is a layered delight of goodness, and it tastes like a strawberry shortcake. Another option is to use mango instead of banana, giving your morning meal a touch of the tropics!
If you place your cans of coconut milk to the back of your fridge, when you open them up, the cream will have separated to the top of the can; use this if you can, because it is incredible.
Breakfasts don’t have to be boring!