Wednesday, January 29, 2014

BREAKFAST IN A JAR (orange caramel muesli)

For those times, when you crave something to chew on in the morning; for those times, when you need a quick to go breakfast/lunch and for those times, when you want to make someone a very special morning, this BREAKFAST IN A JAR is the answer. It's relatively low in fat (only some healthy fats from a little amount of nuts and seeds), contains all the fruit you need to get in in the morning and it amazes with its different textures and overwhelming flavors.

This special treat for YOU is made of a juicy, cinnamon and vanilla-infused apple and orange compote (soo good on its own too !!), a no-dehydrate muesli (for all of you who don't have a dehydrator, have little time or need this quick ;)), some fresh fruit and a low-fat caramel pudding. You can easily make this dish completely nut-free (I'll show you how) or use different fruit for your compote or even make a chocolate or vanilla pudding.

I was truely amazed how everything turned out. The compote is so rich in flavor and so juicy, the muesli is so crunchy and satisfying and the pudding is sweet, rich and got a real great texture.
Plus, you won't believe how much fruit you get in with this breakfast (everything you see in the pictures: 3 oranges, 2 tangerines, 2 medium apples and 2 bananas). So, this is a great alternative to my usual smoothie and I think I will bring it to a brunch next weekend. This is soo good! So here is what you need.

BREAKFAST IN A JAR (orange caramel muesli)
Serves 2

Apple orange compote
2 medium sweet apples
2 medium oranges
2 tangerines
1 T cinnamon powder
few drops pure vanilla extract
3 T lemon juice
1 t raw agave syrup (raw honey, or any other liquid sweetener you like)

No-dehydrate muesli
1/4 cup + 1 T sunflower seeds
2 T sesame seeds
6 almonds, soaked in water for at least 1 h or overnight (leave out for a nut-free version)
4 pitted medjool dates
1 T lemon juice
1 t raw agave syrup (or any other sweetener you like)

Fresh fruit layer
1 medium orange

Caramel pudding
2 small ripe bananas
6 almonds, soaked in water for at least 1 h or overnight (leave out for a nut-free version)
4 pitted medjool dates
1 pinch of cinnamon
1/2 t pure vanilla extract 
2 T JumpUp and GoGo Original or Vegan (the Classic one contains bee pollen) 
OR 2 T raw cacao/carob powder
1/4 cup water

For the compote, chop all fruits and mix in a small bowl with lemon juice, cinnamon and vanilla. Cover with a lid or wrap and let sit in the fridge overnight to let the flavors develop.
For the muesli, process 1/4 cup sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, almonds and dates until chunky. In a bowl, add lemon juice and agave syrup and mix well to get crumble.
For the fresh fruit, chop your orange.
For the caramel pudding, blend almonds in water. Add bananas, dates, cinnamon, vanilla, JumpUp and GoGo or cacao/carob and blend until smooth. Place in fridge overnight to let it harden (will be an awesome pudding the next morning, I promise - I could turn the cup around without the pudding moving a bit).
The next day, layer compote, muesli, fresh fruit and pudding.


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