Making breakfast a breeze

From Asja Svilans, The Wellness Collective
It will not be news to your ears that breakfast is a very important inclusion in the start of your day. But, between hitting the snooze button three times, your house cohabiters hogging bathroom time and some wellness ladies telling your to be up early and get amongst the best part of the day, saying that mornings are a little time poor is likely an understatement. Yes, you can layer natural yoghurt with fruit and nuts. Boil eggs and pop them on toast. Smatter that toast with combinations of banana and tahini, relish and cheese or fresh tomato, basil and cracked pepper. You can smoothie, you can fruit salad, you can pop eggs in a pan with any greens you like. All great ideas. But what about something a little bit more luxe? Something that is both drool and Instagram worthy?

Preparation is key, but we don't mean hours labouring in the kitchen. We like to think of ourselves as assemblers rather than cooks – and we are devoted to making sure that each time we eat is packing a nutritional punch. You could make a batch of this raw granola in 10 minutes (in under an hour if you wanted to toast it). Oh hello chocolate for breakfast!

Nutty Chocolate Granola

Ingredients
5 cups nuts and seeds (almonds, walnuts, cashews, chia seeds, sesame seeds, pepitas, sunflower seeds) **oats are great too
1 cup flaked coconut
1/2 cup chopped dried fruit
2tbs cacao
1tbs maple
2tbs coconut oil
Splash vanilla
1/2 tsp Himalayan salt
Try flavouring with orange zest, cinnamon or a few drops of an edible rose essential oil to really make it like no other!

For toasting
1 egg white, whisked
2tbs water

Method
If toasting, preheat oven to 180C. Roughly process your '5 cups' on a chopping board or using food processor – keep it chunky. Add in coconut, dried fruit and cacao. Combine with coconut oil, vanilla and maple until the mix is all coated evenly. If you are leaving it raw, then it is DONE!

If toasting, add egg white and water to the mix. Lay out on baking paper on a cookie tray and bake for 20min, check for browning and add another 10min if necessary. It will harden and cluster on cooling so you just want it to be toasting nicely. Leave to cool completely and store in an airtight container.

Serve with yoghurt and fresh fruit, or a simple chia pudding... and there you have it. A delicious and time friendly recipe that you can tailor to your own taste buds in no time at all.

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