I rarely mind cooking. A good meal is almost always worth the effort of planning and processing. Except when it comes to breakfast. I don’t really crave breakfast foods and after a cup or two of coffee, I am not ready to eat until 10 or 11 am. But we all know that breakfast is important, right? Studies show that a good breakfast will keep you from overeating during the day and will help kick-start your metabolism to help you lose weight.
So, I need to eat something. It needs to be fast, healthy and delicious. Otherwise, what’s the point. Somedays, a simple slice of whole grain bread is enough, but when berries are in the house, I opt for a yogurt parfait. Great with granola, but I found an easier way. The mixture I love for my breakfast parfait is a simple, no need to cook crumb mixture of walnuts, dates, and coconut with a bit of cinnamon. I say no need to cook, but toasting the walnuts gives this mixture even more presence and is super satisfying.
Just put 2 cups walnuts (toasting optional, but good), 2 cups coconut (I use part unsweetened and part sweetened), 2 cups sliced or chopped dates and a tsp of ground cinnamon in a food processor and pulse until uniformly chopped and well mixed. Try almonds or pecans instead of the walnuts, if you prefer. Keep in an air tight container or in a zip lock bag.
That’s it. Really.
Now, have fun. Layer the crumb mixture with plain non-fat yogurt and fruit: bananas, berries, peaches – whatever is in season. Gild the lilly with a dollop of whipped cream, and you have breakfast – or dessert!
Sprinkle on top of vanilla ice cream – omigod!
Press out into a disc and adorn with fresh fruit and wedge it up for a healthy fruit tart.
Fold a cup or more into oatmeal cookie dough.
Or just grab a handful and stuff it in your mouth.