• Gluten-free and dairy-free banana coconut and berry muffins (Alan Benson)Source: Alan Benson
Eating on the run doesn't have to mean a McMuffin with these portable but nourishing offerings.
2 Feb 2021 - 9:41 PM  UPDATED 3 Feb 2021 - 1:30 PM

1. Granola bars

Store-bought muesli bars can be laden with added sugar, but these crunchy bars get their sweetness from dates and a little honey. They're easy to wrap and pop in your bag to have on the go, and if you're feeling generous, pack a few extra to score points with your friends.

2. Persimmon and coconut muffins

Persimmons are somewhat an underdog in the fruit world, often overlooked in baking and cooking. But they have a texture and taste somewhere between pumpkin and mango or apricot - sweet, honeyed, with a touch of cinnamon - and can be used in similar ways.

3. Gluten-free wholegrain and chia bread

Instead of wheat flour, this bread is made with by mixing rice flour with a heap of ground seeds and grains, meaning it helps keep you full for longer.

4. Buckwheat and coconut granola clusters

Warning: these clusters are highly addictive: your yoghurt/ smoothie/ porridge/ snack time may never be the same once you try them! Buckwheat has a taste a little like hoppy beer, and brings its unique flavour into the mix with chia seeds, coconut flakes, pumpkin seeds and rice malt syrup.

5. Gluten-free and dairy-free banana, coconut and berry muffins

Who doesn't want to eat dessert for breakfast? And when it's this healthy, you can. 

6. Buckwheat and almond scones

These scones are a perfect grab-and-go number for when you don't have time to prepare and sit down for your usual first meal. The get a delicious wholesome flavour and organic texture from the combination of buckwheat flour, ground almonds and almond milk. They don't have any added sugars, which is handy if you're watching your sweet intake - that said, they would lap up some apricot or berry jam.  

River Cottage chef Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall

7. Carrot, parsnip & cardamom loaf

The coconut flour in this loaf gives it an unexpected but pleasantly surprising moist and light texture. The vegetables add richness and depth (if you're trying to work out why vegetables need to make an appearance in your breakfast loaf).

Carrot, parsnip & cardamom loaf

8. Avocado smoothie

We're all familiar (for better or worse) with liquid lunches and dinners. But here's a different type of liquid meal that will nourish and empower you. 

9. Sweet potato & rosemary tortilla (omelette)

If you're more of a savoury breakfast person, whip this tortilla up the night before. It can double as lunch too. 

10. Toasted almond, coconut & chia cookies

Yes you can be an adult and eat cookies for breakfast with these gluten-free, low-GI, high omega-3 cuties.

11. Grain-free banana bread muffins

Banana muffins aren't anything new for a light breakfast, but this version bypasses traditional wheat flours in place of coconut flour, making them gluten-free friendly. They also have no added sugar, getting their sweetness from the coconut flour, bananas and vanilla, because happiness is a healthy muffin. 

12. Mandarin & bay leaf olive loaf

Think of sitting in a grassy knoll eating a fragrant mandarin on a sunny day, and you have the taste of this loaf.

Mandarin & bay leaf olive loaf

Brainy breakfasts
Oaty pecan pancakes

These indulgent wholemeal pancakes have extra substance and flavour thanks to the oats and pecans.

Harmony granola

Our wake-up and go version of granola is chunky with clusters and power-packed with grains, nuts, seeds and antioxidant-rich superfoods. 

Pan-fried mushrooms with red wine and thyme

As autumn mornings become crisper, there’s something deeply comforting about a hearty plate of fried mushrooms. 

Breakfast bread

The ground almonds, flaxseed and eggs make this a high-protein, low-grain breakfast or snack. 

Apricot nectar and pistachio smoothie

This drink is a version of a Saturday morning drink treat that I used to have at the Central Markets in Adelaide as a teenager. It’s not so much a smoothie as more a refreshing layered drink that needs a spoon and a straw. The crushed ice keeps it cool and refreshing and the nuts give it extra texture.