What do you have for breakfast? Toast? Cereal? Eggs? Nothing?
I haven’t been a regular cereal-for-breakfast person since I worked out that eating a bowl full of processed carbs wasn’t making me feel so good. Worse, it made it more likely that I would go on a pre-lunch binge on anything I could get unto me with minimal effort. And you just know I don’t mean fruit salad and raw nuts…
After my baby arrived, and while she was spending time on the inside, skipping breakfast wasn’t an option. I ate more than my share of ham and cheese toasted sandwiches, and bacon and egg wraps over those 9+ months. Then I started thinking about getting a Thermomix (no, I didn’t buy one) and spent a LONG time trawling through recipe forums to get an idea of how people used it.
Something I found while reading through all those forums was the infamous CADA. It’s a blend of coconut, apples, dates, and almonds and was created by Fleur Whelligan and made famous by nutitionist Cyndi O’Meara. Luckily, it can also be made in a regular food processor in just a few seconds.
It is a very flexible recipe. You can add the ingredients in proportions to suit yourself, add whatever you feel like, and chop it to whatever texture you like best. For my first time trying it, I stuck to the basic 4 ingredients, and served it with yogurt. I did add some cinnamon and chia seeds after it was in the bowl and I think I’d like to add sunflower seeds and pepitas next time. I already use a similar mix with my yogurt for morning tea, but this way is faster and gives you something very much like cereal but without grains. It’s also a good summer substitute for porridge, or a paleo and primal-friendly version of bircher muesli.
- Small handful of coconut
- Small handful of almonds
- Very small handful of dates (fresh or dried, no pits)
- 1/2 an apple cut into chunks (skin on makes it look pretty but peel it if you prefer)
- Put all ingredients into a food processor.
- Chop for 5 seconds on a fairly low setting and check the consistency. Scrape down the sides of the bowl if necessary.
- Repeat until you are satisfied with the texture, just stop before it turns to a paste, unless that's what you like;)
- Scoop into a cereal bowl and enjoy.