People sometimes wonder how I have the time and patience for making and decorating all the food appearing on my Instagram, especially the smoothie bowls. It is true that it takes 15-20 minutes to prepare most of these breakfasts and I totally understand not all people have the energy or willingness to trade that amount of morning sleep time to something with as “little meaning” as a pretty breakfast. For me, however, these bowls have a lot of value: they are most of all a way for me to express myself while also starting the day in a mindful way…breakfast making feels almost like a little morning meditation to me. These bowls are definitely the most important part of my routine upon waking up – something that just makes me genuinely so happy and so much more energetic each morning. Luckily I have such flexible working hours that I can keep this daily morning ritual (although I was already doing exactly the same when dealing with strict-ish 9 to 5 office hours earlier – back then I just slept a little less). Or was it so that I just made more overnight breakfasts like the one below?
Autumn apple + fig Bircher muesli
What you will need:
1 large apple
1/2dl quinoa flakes
2 dried figs
1tbsp chia seeds
2dl homemade cinnamon cashew mylk (you could substitute for your favourite plant milk)
blackcurrant + vanilla chia jam, berries, crunchy nuts
How to do it:
- Wash, then slice or shred the apple into a fine slaw. Put everything into a glass jar.
- Mix together all the dry ingredients and add to the shredded apple. Chop the dried figs and also add into the jar. Stir.
- Pour the cashew mylk into the jar and shake/ mix well so that the mylk is evenly distributed.
- Cover the jar and pop in the fridge to set overnight.
- In the morning, prepare your chia jam and and add whatever other toppings you wish. Yum.