We've certainly already had dessert for breakfast at some point in our lives. From sugary muffins to cereals with the same ingredients as cookies, it may have felt great at the time but led to a sugar crash in spelling class.
As adults who know when enough's enough, breakfast is much more sensible. Almond butter, oatmeal and green smoothies are on the menu. However, what if we could have our cake and eat it too (literally)? What if we could watch cartoons in our jammies and still call ourselves grown-ups?
This is all possible. Let's start with a healthy dessert for breakfast – the best reason we can think of not to hit that snooze button.
1. First thing's first: put that can of coconut milk in the fridge! Leave it there overnight.
2. Get out your food processor and be amazed at how quickly a bowl of yum comes together. Grind the oat groats into a fine powder using the S blade on your food processor. Add the walnuts, the coconut and 6 dates (medjool work fine unsoaked, but honey dates need at least a few hours of soaking so they don't break your food processor). Process for 15-30 seconds or until the mixture starts to stick together. Pulse in the vanilla. Set aside.
3. Blend 1 cup of your fruit with 4 dates and the lemon juice. Transfer to a bowl and fold in the remaining fruit. Spread this pie-like filling on the bottom of a pan. Crumble your walnut coconut topping over the top.
4. You could be done here, or you could bring it over the edge by taking that chilled can of coconut milk and turning it upside down. Open it – the liquid will all be at the top. Put this aside for smoothies or cooking. Take the thick coconut milk and put it in a bowl. Whip with an electric mixer or a whisk until it creates soft peaks, like whipped cream. Add the maple syrup and beat until incorporated. Add a big ol dollop to your bowl. You can warm up the fruit if you wish, or leave it as is.
All of this will keep for around a week in the fridge (if it lasts that long).