Sweet Breakfast Couscous w/ Fresh Fruits

by Trudy ~ Veggie num num on December 8, 2010

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Sweet Breakfast Couscous w/ Fresh Fruits

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
Serves 4-6

  • 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.)

to serve

  • 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.

Sweet Breakfast Couscous w/ Fresh Fruits

This recipe was adapted from Berry Couscous w/ Maple Syrup found in Rabo Publishers Breakfast & Brunch cookbook.

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Nadia December 8, 2010 at 10:09 am

gorgeous, I’ve never though to use couscous in anything sweet. But I should have thought of it because in Pakistani we use semolina to make several sweet dishes. For those days I’m craving something sweet for breakfast, this would be perfect!

Jennifer (Delicieux) December 8, 2010 at 5:42 pm

I’ve never thought of making a sweet coucous, but this looks fabulous and so fresh and healthy. Definitely an antidote for Christmas over indulgence which we are all prone too.

Jun December 9, 2010 at 3:57 am

You are so creative! I have never seen coucous with fruits before. Saving this!

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets December 10, 2010 at 4:13 pm

I’ve enjoyed all sorts of savory couscous but never sweet. What a great addition to my repertoire. A great reminder and motivation to replenish my empty couscous store, too.

jd December 10, 2010 at 10:48 pm

This looks absolutely fantastic! Feel free to FedEx me some any time you like :)

Trudy (veggie num num) December 11, 2010 at 11:43 am

Hi all and thanks for your comments!! Took me a while to discover the awesomeness of sweet couscous too but I’m so glad I did, it’s seriously just as delicious when served sweet and because it’s super quick and simple to prepare it makes a great bowl of yum in no time :) :)

Holly December 11, 2010 at 1:27 pm

Made this for breakfast today. It was lovely! I didn’t need to add maple syrup or honey as it was sweet enough for me already. It looked and tasted lovely. Will be making it for Christmas for sure.

antwerpster December 12, 2010 at 9:25 am

I make a similar breakfast using quinoa (seems to stick with you a little longer) but never thought to use juice when cooking the grains. Cranberry juice seems like the perfect choice, full of flavor but not of sugar, so you can adjust the sweetness to your liking. I can’t wait to try it, and thanks for the inspiration!

Trudy (veggie num num) December 16, 2010 at 11:04 am

Hi Holly, thanks so much for dropping in and for the wonderful feedback, admittedly I ate it too without any added sweetness, the fruits are perfect just they way they are :)

Hi anttwerpster I haven’t tried breakfast quinoa yet but it sounds delicious and yep the juice adds just the right amount of sweet and delicious fruity flavour, enjoy :)

EVE September 8, 2011 at 6:14 pm

looks delicious! i like cous cous a lot and all berries :)

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