I know a lot of you get up every morning a make yourself something healthy for breakfast. But, I don’t. I just can’t make myself do it. I am NOT a morning person. I’m not particularly hungry. I am definitely uninterested. And, anything that involves more than about a minute to prepare is just not going to happen. Smoothies you say? I can not tell you how much fruit has gone bad in my refrigerator waiting for me to get out a blender. Don’t get me wrong, I love smoothies! They are great for lunch or afternoon snacks! But, when I need to be somewhere before 8:00 in the morning, they are not going to happen. Instant breakfast – now, that is something I can accomplish in the morning. Now, in order to have instant breakfast ready to just stir in when you get up, you will have to do a bit of work ahead of time. But, trust me, it isn’t a lot of work and can be done in the afternoon or evening when you are actually awake.
I came up with this recipe quite by accident. I was looking through the cabinet for something with some protein in it to eat on the way out the door and thought there might be some old instant breakfast in there of the store bought variety. There wasn’t, but I did come across some non-fat dry milk. Thinking I could just stir it into some milk to double the protien, I did, added a little vanilla, and sweetener and tasted it. My first thought, was this tastes just like instant breakfast. So, I looked up instant breakfast and basically that is all it is – plus extra vitamins. If you think you need the vitamins, you can always take a multivitamin with this, but I have always been a fan of eating my vitamins in my food instead of taking pills. Besides, you can add fruit to these – yes, and still keep it instant, which adds a few vitamins without adding supplements. In the strawberry one pictured above, I added freeze dried strawberries that I had processed in the food processor. Do you know how many flavors of freeze dried fruit are available these days? Lots! So, you could make your instant breakfast in virtually any flavor. And, you can use whatever sweetener you feel is the least harmful or no sweetener at all. Each recipe calls for 1/2 cup sugar, but you could use stevia, sucrolose, erythritol, etc. – whatever makes you happy.
DIY: Instant Breakfast
- 2 cups non-fat dry milk
- 1/2 cup sugar or equivalent amount of alternative sweetener
- Fruit - 1.2 ounce package of freeze dried fruit
- Chocolate - 1/4 cup cocoa
- Vanilla - 1 vanilla bean
- Put all ingredients in a food processor -except vanilla bean if making vanilla. If making vanilla, cut the vanilla bean in half length-wise and scrape the seed out and add them to the food processor.
- Process until everything is evenly distributed and is a fine powdery consistency.
- Store in a covered container. I use plastic containers or glass jars. If you use jars, you will have almost 2 pints.
- If making vanilla, push the bean pod down into the mixture and as time goes on, it will flavor the mix further with vanilla.
To make breakfast:
- Stir 1 part mix into 3 parts milk. Stir vigorously until well dissolved. (1/3 cup mix into 1 cup milk)