As much as I love preparing food, I love an easy breakfast. During the work week I find this particularly important because I have lemon juice in warm water when I first get up + a fresh juice before I leave the house so don’t really feel like food until I get into work, and am not so much of a morning person that I want to make breakfast from scratch every day! I guess that’s why boxed cereals and milk became so popular right, but don’t get me started on the rubbish they pass off as ‘nutritious’ in the cereal isle :)
Somewhat unrelated, I am addicted to garlic-stuffed olives and they come in the cutest little glass jars that I just can’t bear to throw out (and I love to proactively recycle stuff). As a result, I have a cupboard full of these jars and they come in very handy – a batch of chia seed pudding will fill four of them, I add crushed walnuts and fresh berries, and voila! I have healthy, filling, transportable little breakfast pots to get me through the work week.
Boxed cereal can kiss my…
- 4 tbs chia seeds
- 1 cup of coconut water or milk - I can’t bring myself to tackle raw coconuts yet so I cheat and use organic stuff in a can which I know is not as good as the real thing but I feel it’s safer than me with a cleaver! I also prefer coconut milk to water as it is creamier but it’s a matter of preference.
- 1 cup raw cashews (soaked for 2 hours and drained)
- 4 medjool dates
- 1 tsp cinnamon (or to taste, I like it a little stronger)
- a vanilla pod or some vanilla powder
- pinch of sea salt
Soak chia seeds in coconut water or milk for an hour or so, the chia seeds will swell as they absorb the milk to give a tapioca-like texture.
Combine cashews and dates in food processor and blend until the dates are finely chopped (I find they don’t get as smooth as I want them if I don’t do this before adding the chia seeds). Add chia seeds mix and cinnamon, vanilla and salt to taste. blend until smooth.
Divide mixture into three or four containers, and add garnish as desired. I love it with strawberries or blueberries and chopped walnuts but experiment with whatever tickles your fancy…