One thing I’ve learnt about changing lifestyle and eating habits that’s challenging is finding the right solutions for all meals, not only for dinner, but for lunch and breakfast. Yes, there are now a gazillion dinner and not-cheesecake paleo recipes out there, but as someone who doesn’t enjoy bacon and eggs for breakfast, I initially struggled with how to start my day.
After a lot of trial and error I’ve come up with a bunch of my go-to Paleo Breakfast Meals. Most of them include some kind of fresh muesli I’ll make up a couple of times a week. I find it usually lasts for a few days in the fridge and I like the crunch of the fresh fruit and veggies I include so I prefer to make a smaller batch more often then a bigger batch once a week.
One of my go-to’s is a variation of CADA. If you have the Thermomix Everyday Cookbook it’s in there but I just use the technique from that recipe and make it my own. Essentially it’s a fresh muesli made with nuts, fruit, coconut and dates. I use whatever I have on hand, as well as a carrot for the extra crunch and it’s unique sweetness.
Mine usually has cashews, a carrot, an apple, dates and desiccated coconut in it. I never peel the carrot (or most veggies for that matter) and apple, preferring to just chop them into chunks and throw them in. I ‘guesstimate’ how much of everything else I need. A hand full of dates, nuts and then tip in a decent load of coconut. Sometimes I’ll add some ground cardamom, vanilla powder or other spices I’m feeling like too.
I turbo for 2 seconds a few times, or will blitz at Speed 4.5/6 Seconds. Then always eat it with some fresh fruit and coconut yoghurt. Sometimes a drizzle of maple syrup.
(Okay, nearly always a drizzle of maple syrup)
The above photo I’ve mixed avocado with my coconut yoghurt (or coconut cream) and a dash of lime. It’s beautiful and smooth and adds a wonderful flavour to breakfast!
For a little while a gorgeous friend lent me her dehydrator. They’re amazing, I want one. I haven’t gotten mine yet, but it’s on the wish list. For the month I had it I used it HEAPS! One of my favourite things to make was this activated muesli (recipe in Pete Evan’s Family Food Cookbook). It would last ages and was amazing. I know I didn’t have all the ingredients and would substitute like I do for the CADA. If you don’t have a dehydrator you can still make muesli in your oven too.
I soaked nuts, buckwheat and seeds overnight then drained and rinsed them well. They went into the Thermomix with some dried fruit (apricots and dates are staples in my house), vanilla, honey and coconut oil then pulsed till crumbly. If using an oven I would then spread it out on a tray or two and bake on a low setting, mixing every now and then so it cooks evenly, until dry and crispy. Or into a dehydrator on baking paper overnight.
If you follow me on Instagram or my Facebook page (or are a reader of my blog!) you’ll already know I love pancakes on a Saturday morning. Saturday is my relax morning, after the hustle and bustle of a busy school week. I (try to) take my time and always enjoy them with fresh fruit. Now that the weather is cooling down I’ll take them outside and eat them on our back deck.
I love the Hazelnut Pancakes from one of Pete Evan’s Paleo books and make it often.
I also use this wonderful recipe my friend Luci from Wholesome Kids created. It’s quickly become my go-to, changing the almond for cashews or hazelnuts for a different flavour. It acts like ‘normal’ pancakes.
If I’m in a hurry I often make simple banana pancakes before school/work/day care/any excuse to leave the house really. Just one banana, one egg and a drop of vanilla extract, mixed well and cooked like a pancake. The vanilla helps to mask the really ‘eggy’ taste it usually has. With coconut yoghurt or cream and a drizzle of honey, you can close your eyes and pretend it’s Saturday.
My one vice is coffee. Sorry, but I just don’t function without it. After experimenting with a few different milks I’ve found a combination that is dairy free and tastes amazing. I make some Cashew Nut Milk once a week and for my coffee I’ll use a ratio 1:3 Coconut and Cashew Milk, froth it and enjoy. Its beautiful and creamy and tastes amazing. Try it!
I will always have some sort of fresh fruit as I have a massive sweet tooth and it seems to satisfy that, and some kind of fat (coconut cream/yoghurt, avocado etc) to help fill me up and keep me going.
If you’re looking for a substitute to the good old bacon and eggs, I hope I’ve given you one!