i eat sunshine for breakfast

I know I keep going on (and on) about the glorious Spring time weather (and the delicious produce that comes with it) that I am experiencing in sunny Queensland at the moment.  I love warmth.  I love sunshine.  I love the beach.  I do not like being cold.  I get angry when I am cold (half the reason I left New Zealand; it sure is pretty –  but damn it’s nasty in the Winter).

I even wear these in Summer

If you are like me, and need a little sunshine in your life, I can help.
For those who are in the middle of “Fall-Fever,”  or you just live in a cold place (NZ anyone?) you can still experience a taste of the tropics.
With the right accessories (see end of post) you can even create a complete tropicana-style experience.
It all started when I found these in my local bulk health food store:
Organic dried pineapple and mango.  Not those horrible ones that are soaked in sugar, pumped up with fake colours and dried, these are the real deal.  So amazing.  I think I need a dehydrator so I can make my own.
Inspiration tweaks… I decided to make some sort of roasty toasty cereal.  I wanted to make a quinoa style granola again, but alas was completely out of quinoa.  I was actually considering bundling myself and Misty into the car and doing the mission to purchase some more, when I reminded myself to practise what I preach.  Use what you have on hand – scrape that fridge/pantry.
Sunshine Cereal:
  • 2/3C coconut flakes
  • 2/3C buckwheat groats
  • 1/2C hulled millet
  • 1/3C sunflower seeds
  • 3/4C whole oats
  • 1/4C oatmeal
  • 1/2t sea salt
  • 1/3C sesame seeds
  • 1/4C dark agave syrup (or honey, rice syrup etc)
  • 1T coconut oil
  • 1/3C orange juice
  • 1 mango
  • 1/2C chopped dried pineapple and mango

  1. Mix dry ingredients together, except dried fruit.
  2. Blend together mango and orange juice.
  3. Melt coconut oil, combine with agave and mango mix.
  4. Mix everything together and place on lined baking trays.
  5. Bake at 140 degrees C for 50 minutes, rotating trays and stirring every 10.
  6. Turn oven off and leave trays in there to cool down completely.
  7. Mix in dried fruit.
Set the scene.
It’s more fun when you eat out of a pineapple too.
On a stolen (from Misty) Haiwaiian themed bunny rug/quilt thing.  I didn’t have any ukelele luau music which was disappointing.  Viper made me a grass skirt once (out of bamboo, which doesn’t make sense and was really scratchy and uncomfortable, even when worn over clothes).
Don’t even ask.
I’m just going to eat the cereal.

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I'm a stay at home Mum, recipe book addict who can't stick to a recipe to save my life.

15 responses to “i eat sunshine for breakfast”

  1. Errign says :

    Mmmm, that looks awesome. I love tropical flavored things 🙂

    • Lou says :

      I think toasted millet could be my new favourite thing… it kinda tastes like cashew nuts mmmm, goes great with the coconut and fruity goodness. Love discovering new tastes 🙂

  2. Caitlin @ Vegetarian in the City says :

    that looks so good! i love pineapple 🙂

    i am so not excited for the fast-approaching cold weather will come with winter in NYC. makes me shudder just thinking about it!

    • Lou says :

      Me and the cold are NOT friends. The dried pineapple is AMAZING – I’m so happy to have found some that is just pineapple, dried (not all weird and sugary and fake) it is SO tasty (and organic which is awesome).
      I hope you have some good Ugg boots or cosy slippers to get you through the cold months 🙂

  3. Brittany says :

    I love your grass skirt, but the person painted black next to you frightens me. I must have this cereal in a bowl on my desk with some milk riggghhttt now!

    • Lou says :

      hehe, yeah my girlfriend painted here whole body black, hehehe. It was a surprise birthday party for me last year – a “Head-Hunters” theme – frightening to say the least 🙂

  4. teabagginit says :

    this looks great! the natural food store in my town has a ton of great dried fruit! i’ll have to try this!

  5. Hannah says :

    What an amazing granola recipe! I’m back in the granola mindframe after making that recipe for my grandma, so I really want to try this soon 🙂

  6. Yolie @ Practising Wellness says :

    Lou, you are an amazing food-creator! This looks so vibrant and healthy and like SUNSHINE just as you said! ❤ Hehehe…it's so cold in England right now – and when we were in Christchurch it was pretty cold and dreary too. Luckily being English born and bred, I'll adjust easily to NZ winters, lol! 😛 Plus, it's an excuuse to wear Uggs – love them too! 😀 xyx

    • Lou says :

      Christchurch winters…. why I left NZ in search of HEAT 🙂 I just can’t handle that grey dreary weather, I find it so depressing. I NEED sunshine, it’s essential for my mental health. I’m so blessed where I live now, 95% of the time it’s blue skies and sunshine, so beautiful. I still wear my Uggs regardless though – my footwear collection consists of those and jandals 🙂

      • Yolie @ Practising Wellness says :

        Hahaha – that’s such a funy word, jandals. I had no idea what the Kiwi was on about when he talked about them. You mean FLIP FLOPS, lol! :0P You haven’t adopted “thongs”? 😉 xyx
        PS; I know what you mean about sunshine – it is truly happiness inducing 🙂 I’m glad you’ve found such a bright and beautiful place to live and flourish!

      • Lou says :

        Ha, I have actually adopted the “thong” thing…. thought I never would! A pair of mine broke the other day, and I exclaimed, ‘Oh no! My thong just snapped!’ hehehe pretty funny 🙂

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