I am all over picnics! This is already my second picnic post this year and I feel like I could do tons more. Lunch picnic, coffee time picnic, snack picnic, dinner picnic… or breakfast picnic! So today breakfast picnic it is!
I have been sharing another picnic post back HERE in case you are looking for some general picnic inspiraiton 🙂
So the other day we got up early in the morning and took the bicycles to the lake at 7:30am, we went for a swim in the morning sun and then had a huge and delicous breakfast at the lake. I will share the recipes for everything we brought plus a few general tips.
Also I want to draw your attention to the beautiful blanket featured in this post; it is from Yolunda, an all sustainble small online shop for beautiful things from the Orient.
The blanket is made from 100% cotton in a fair trade project in Turkey. I really like the concept behind Yolunda as they only cooperate with small ethical manufactures, they try to avoid plastic whereever they can, and just act very sustainable in general.
As most of you know already, I actually only like to support brands on my blog that are meeting high social and ethical standards as I just do not see why to support companies that are exploiting their workers and harming our precious planet by using toxins and chemicals in the production process.
So this is what our breakfast picnic looked liked!
Half of one watermelon
Homemade trail mix with turmeric seasoning
Homemade date and cocoa cookies
Fruit infused water
The fruit infused water is my summer drink this year. I love it! I know it is so easy to make your own and I do make my own too, but sometimes it is just more convenient to get one from the next door organic shop. My favorite one is the grapefruit and rosemary water from Voelkel.
So about the easiest recipes first: smoothies!
I actually love smoothie for breakfast and have them almost every day (some days I crave oatmeal, especially when it is getting cold). I like my smoothies sweet and creamy in the morning so I often just make a banana-date smoothie which is basically:
3 ripe bananas
Some Maca powder
Anotherone that I like a lot is:
3 ripe bananas
I also like to add green to my morning smoothies. I change around greens depending on the season. Now in Summer we have tons of beet greens in the garden so I use a lot of beet greens. But also lettuce, spinach, or whatever greens you have work perfectly well in a green smoothie.
I usually also like to add some barley grass powder to get some extra nutrients in.
Usually I’ll have around 800 ml of smoothie in the morning (that’s one big mason jar), but I will tell you more about what and how much I eat very soon anyway: I am planning a “what I eat in a day” post and will share all about what I eat, which superfoods I like to add to my smoothies etc.
Okay, now let’s talk cookies!
A little while ago I came across a recipe from Deliciously Ella and had to try it. I changed around the recipe a little bit, but it still is close to her version.
Here is what you will need for around 16 brekfast cookies:
150 g oats
100 g raisins
50 g coconut flour
200 g apple puree
6 tablespoon date syrup
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
50g cocoa nibs
Simply blend all ingredients together, form small cookies, and place them on a baking tray (with baking parchment).
Bake for 20 minutes at 180°C
Another recipe that is inspired by Deliciously Ella is my turmeric trail mix. This one if my current addiction (next to my homemade popcorn that I am making every other night these days 😀 ) and I am sure you will love it too!
Here is what you need for the trail mix:
50 g brazil nuts
100 g hazelnuts
100 g almonds
150 g cashews
200 g raisins
3-4 tablespoon maple syrup
1-2 tablespoon of a blend of turmeric-pepper-cinnamom-vanilla (or store bought golden milk seasoning)
Pinch of salt
In preparing the trail mix there are two options:
Either blend everything together, put on a baking tray (with baking parchment) and place in the oven for 10 minutes at 220°, then stir everything before roasting for another 10 minutes.
OR leave out the raisins while roasting everything else in the oven (twice for 10 minutes each) and add in the raisins later.
I prefer when the raisins are roasted too, but some people may not like it when they get all sticky and soft.
In general, I like to bring finger food to a picnic. For our brekafast picnic the mix of fresh smoothie and watermelon with the easy to snack on cookies and trail mix was just perfect to get fuelled for the day, all while laying around at the lake and enjoying the morning sun.
Also, we did not have to bring tons of plates, bowls, spoons, and so on. I put the trail mix in a small paper bag and the cookies into one of my stainless steel boxes. The smoothie came in glasses with a lid (mason jar) and the watermelon as a whole piece. We went by bicycle to the lake and it was super easy to carry everything for our picnic without having to bring like a bike trailer or so 😀
Oh, and on a side note: my beautiful and ethically made bath suit is from Frija Omina! Love it!
By the way, I can totally recommend to get up early on a Sunday morning for a breakfast picnic like this one. Early mornings just have something magical about them; the streets are still empty, the birds are not yet fully awake, and somehow it feels like the entire world belongs to you alone.
Being at the lake all alone, in the peace, definetly has something magical about it too!
What are your favorite things to bring for a breakfast picnic? Have you ever tried to get up early in the morning to have brekafast somewhere in nature while listening to the birds getting up?
I would love to know!