So it's cold outside and quite possibly you're finding yourself amid the "fruit vs. porridge" battle! I mean, mango and melon platter really doesn't cut it when it's cold and grey outside, does it? This recipe for "raw muesli" (it's grain-free but it looks the same) could well be your saviour. Why? Because it's stodgy, calorie-dense, quite literally will brighten up your morning and you'll feel like you've actually eaten something! Yes, you get the fruit in too, and it's 100% raw, but because of the ingredients it's satisfying and soothing and has a great combination of tastes, colours and textures and therefore the all important satisfying mouth-feel too.
Top it off with almond milk (which you could gently warm in a pan if you wanted to) and you really do have something that could remove the dilemma once and for all from your winter breakfast time.
SERVES: Makes one large bowl
Blender, Nut milk bag or Strainer
1 banana, sliced into rings
1 apple, cubed
1/2 handful brazil nuts, sliced into small pieces
1/2 handful hazel nuts, sliced into small pieces
1 handful almonds, whole or sliced
1 handful dates, fresh or dried, chopped into small pieces
1 handful raisins (preferably pre-soaked, but not imperative)
1 handful raspberries OR strawberries OR blueberries (or a combination of 2 or 3)
1 handful coconut chips
- Prepare all ingredients as above.
- Place in bowl in the order listed above, saving some extra berries and coconut chips for later.
- Mix all ingredients well by hand or using a spoon.
- Prepare almond milk by blending 2 cups of pure water with 1 cup of raw almonds, then strain through sieve or nut milk bag (or you can use 1 Tbsp almond butter and blend with same amount of water and save on the straining).
- Pour on milk.
- Top with remainder of berries and coconut chips.
- (Optional) Consider adding some extra toppings depending on your mood!
Some ideas for toppings: Cinnamon; carob powder; cacao powder; sprinkled raisins; nuts which have been ground up in a nut mill; some raw coconut chips or fresh coconut grated; a few dried cherries or other brightly coloured dried fruits.
Alternative ingredients for raw muesli might be: Apples, oranges, pineapple, banana, mango, papaya, peach, dates, figs, prunes, raisins, sultanas, currants, coconut, almonds, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, young sprouted wheat grains/berries, sprouted buckwheat.
Raw Coach Top Tips:
Make a huge batch of this "dry" - that means mix all of the nuts and the dried fruits together so you can store it in a large Tupperware container, tall glass jar or tin ready to pull out each morning. Then simply pour some into your bowl, add your fresh fruits of choice and your toppings and you can have a different muesli every day!
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