It’s December which means for many of us we’re making Christmas plans; organising family gatherings, Christmas gifts and of course lots of food to share on Christmas day and over the holidays.
With extended families Christmas can often be a BIG day full of food and drink and more food!! No matter I always love to serve a special Christmas breakfast. Sometimes it’s just Cam, the Kitties and I and other times it can be a bigger affair with family and friends over to share the excitement of Christmas morning.
This Sweet Breakfast Couscous with Fresh Fruits is the perfect Christmas recipe for a sweet, colourful and delicious start to your day. A really special dish full of Christmas colours and flavours it’s quick and simple to prepare and a great healthy breakfast for the whole family. Served on its own it’s not too heavy which leaves plenty of room for Christmas Lunch :) or serve as part of a Christmas or holiday celebration brunch along with French toast and lots of other breakfast goodies.
For a summertime Christmas or holiday celebration make the best use of all our wonderful in-season fruits like strawberries, cherries, raspberries, blueberries and grapes or for a winter Christmas use diced red apples and green pears or dates and tinned fruits like berries or figs. Simply double the recipe for a large group of people.
Full of fresh sweet fruits and the wonderful texture of couscous this really is a great healthy breakfast recipe served warm with your favourite dairy or non-dairy yoghurt or simply as is with a good drizzle of maple syrup.
Preparation time: 20mins
- 2 cups cranberry or apple juice
- 1 cup couscous
- ½ cup dried cranberries
- 250g (9 oz) strawberries, halved or red apple, diced
- 250g (9 oz) mixed fresh berries and/or grapes and/or cherries or figs, dates or diced pear and/or tinned fruits
- ¾ cup nut & seed mix (walnuts, almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds etc.)
- fresh mint leaves
- maple syrup or honey
- non-dairy or dairy yoghurt
In a small saucepan bring the juice to boil, remove from heat. Combine the couscous and dried cranberries together in a large bowl, pour over the hot juice, cover and stand for 10 minutes.
Once the juice is absorbed, fold through the nuts, seeds and fresh fruits.
Best served warm topped with yoghurt, a good drizzle of maple syrup and a few mint leaves on top.
A great veggie or vegan breakfast for a healthy Christmas or anytime of the year; it would also make a delicious addition to your lunchbox for a healthy and sweet snack or lunchtime meal.
This recipe was adapted from Berry Couscous w/ Maple Syrup found in Rabo Publishers Breakfast & Brunch cookbook.
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