Ingredients (use vegan versions):
- dried fruit -- raisins and/or dried cranberries or cherries
- nuts -- walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, and/or filberts
- fresh fruit -- cherries, blueberries, strawberries
- (optional) oatmeal or other stuff
When I first made this, I was using dairy products and added walnuts, raisins and applesauce and really liked it. I have since been adding whatever else looks like it would fit. Find a nice store with the bins of nuts and find some that you like, add some dry fruit (raisins or cranberries are my favorite) then paste it all together with applesauce. Proportions are up to your taste. One way to start is to add equal amounts nuts and fruits and then add applesauce and fresh fruit. This is about where I like it. If you can get a hold of good cherries or blueberries, do it.
I also tried this one day in oatmeal and it was great there too. Just start with oatmeal, add enough nuts and dried fruit to see after prepared, boil it all in water, then add applesauce after it's stopped cooking (unless you like warm applesauce). This one is good hot or cold as a few times I have left part in the fridge and come back to it.
It's good for breakfast, but also works nice for a snack or if you don't have a lot of time for lunch. I have enough of the ingredients in my kitchen above my counter to make a bowl, get a glass of water and a spoon and be eating in about three minutes.
Regardless of what you use, you will wind up with a lot of protein, fat, and carbohydrates. Vitamins and minerals will depend on what you go with. This is pretty filling stuff, so you don't have to make a whole lot.
As I say, I prefer walnuts (not only are they the cheapest, they are also quite tasty) and raisins or dried cranberries as a base. Then I add other nuts and fruit in smaller quantities. I've never had one I didn't like, but you might stick with non-sour fruits. I don't think dried apricots would go very well.
If anyone tries and has a particularly successful combination, add a comment.
Preparation time: 10
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