Zero Waste Breakfast Ideas

Zero Waste Breakfast Ideas

A few simple switches can make for a completely Zero Waste breakfast, or at least one with dramatically less waste. I found breakfast was by far the easiest meal to make zero waste.

Mine and Anna’s staple go to was porridge, so we simply made these changes:

Buy in bulk, the oats and the toppings came straight from a bulk shop into our containers, Or in Anna’s case, straight from her farm back home into a container for her to bring back.

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Overnight Oats

Zero waste living has the tendency to be super duper time consuming. We go though this mini check list each time we leave the house:

  • Phone, keys, wallet (the standard trinity!)
  • Fork (or spork!)
  • Metal water bottle
  • Reusable straw
  • Tupperware box (to either carry food round in or collect compost from snacks)
  • Tote bag
  • Coffee cup
  • Snacks/meals

Meal prepping can seem like a long, boring time consuming task. But, what if meal planning could be complete in under THREE MINUTES. Thats right, three minutes! Now that would be a game changer! 

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Well, this one takes only three minutes. Yep, we timed it. Yep, we had nothing better to do. 

So, making this either the night before each time you want this, or doing a five day batch of them, you can feel super smug knowing that your breakfast:

  1. Saved you money
  2. Saved the planet from excess packaging
  3. Saved you binging on empty calories if you were to pop into McDonalds (yet again!) because you forgot your brekkie and want a sausage and egg McMuffin. (Talking of McMuffins, I should make a zero waste version of that!)

The basic recipe for this is the easiest thing ever, however, you can spruce it up anywhich way you like (we have put our favourite combos at the bottom).

The flavours seem to intensify overnight and the oats taste super creamy!

EQUIPMENT:

  • Clean jar. A cute swing top or standard jam jar will do. Heck, you could even use a jam jar that still has some jam in it to skip out the first step!
  • Um, that's it. Well except from spoons/knives to make the oats with, but we figured you'd already have them.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup of milk, of your choosing. Dairy or otherwise. If you are interested in making your own, we have a pretty badass almond milk recipe
  • 1 cup of oats. I prefer rolled oats (the bigger ones) to steel cut, as I like the texture, but just go for what you like.
  • Roughly 3 tbsp of topping. Some topping ideas are; jam, peanut butter, Nutella, fruit, honey, dried fruit. You can create your own combination of these.
  • 2 tbsp yoghurt. This is to make to oats more creamy. It works fine without but does give a lovely thickness. If you're vegan, I'd recommend mashing a banana up in the place of yoghurt and mixing it through – it gives a creamy texture too!

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Mix your oats, milk and yoghurt (or mashed banana) together in a bowl or the jam jar you're going to use. 
  2. This step is recommended if you're trying to make an Instagram worthy brekkie. Layer one of your toppings such as jam or peanut butter, along the bottom of your jar. Then put the oats on, then top it off with another topping or two!
  3. If you're not going for the likes with this breakfast, just whack it all in the jar. Give it a little shakey shake, and leave it in the fridge until you want to eat it.
  4. You can either heat this up for two minutes or eat cold.

Note: Nuts and seeds are great added to this, but tend to go a little soft overnight. I prefer not adding them until the morning.

Anna's go to combo

Anna adds honey and banana to her oats and sprinkles dried fruits on after heating it up in the morning.

Charlotte's favourite combo

Charlotte puts a layer of peanut butter along the bottom, mixes the yoghurt, milk and oats with half a tsp of cinnamon and tops the jar with some chocolate chips. Charlotte eats hers cold. 

Did you make this recipe?

Please let me know how it turned out for you! Leave a comment below and share a picture on Instagram with the hashtag #azerowastelife!

The 'whatever is in the cupboard' Granola

Oh, granola, we love you. Filling, yummy, delicious, granola... 

You can use granola to make cereal bars or overnight oats and it can be used to finish whatever you've got in your pantry.

Those last few hazelnuts hiding at the back, those oats that are obstructing the space of other goodness, seeds that simply taste boring on their own – whatever you want!

Plus – our granola recipe uses up the pulp from our Apple Juice recipe and the nut meal from our Almond Milk. If you have these two to hand, pull them out of the freezer the night before you want to make granola and if they were chilling in the fridge, bring them to room temperature before you start the recipe. 

Haven't made these recipes before or don't want to? Fear not! We've made some notes about possible adjustments below. 

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So, the almond pulp

It needs to be oven dried on a low heat in the oven for a little while. This is because all the water from when it was used to make it into milk is probably still lurking in it – which was fine when it was in the fridge or freezer – but will make the granola soggy. 

All those who want soggy granola raise your hand...

*No-one raises their hand*

Just as I thought.

Spread your nut meal as thin as you can onto a tray, baking sheet or cast iron pan – whatever you have that is large and flat.

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Pop it in the oven for 30 minutes on gas mark 4 and check for moisture at the end of this time. There shouldn't be any visible water, but it also should be beginning to brown, as this will come later with all the other ingredients. Extend the cooking time if necessary.

Now for the granola assembly

Equipment

  • Baking sheets or silicone mats
  • Microwave and an oven
  • One large and one smaller bowl

The 'whatever is in the cupboard' Granola

Author: A Zero Waste Life
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Yield: 1 litre
Dietary information: Vegan, Dairy Free, Gluten Free (use suitable oats) can be adapted to Sugar Free, dependant on the sweeteners
Category: Breakfast

Ingredients

  • 3 cups of oats. Old fashioned, flat oats work great for this
  • Approx. 1/2 cup of the leftover apple pulp (if you don't have this, increase the amount of sweetener you add in)
  • Approx. 1 cup of the now dried out almond meal (if you don't have this, sub for flaked or ground nuts)
  • 2tsp cinnamon
  • 2tbs maple syrup (or honey, agave syrup)
  • 1tbsp salt
  • 1 cup of mixed dried fruit
  • (Optional) 1/2 cup of mixed nuts

Instructions

  1. Combine the oats, seeds, almond meal and mixed nuts, if using, in a large bowl.
  2. Grab the smaller bowl. Mix the apple pulp with the cinnamon, 1tbsp maple syrup and salt. Once combined, zap it in the microwave for 2 minutes to combine completely.
  3. Mix the spiced apple pulp into the granola. Make sure everything is covered by the applesauce. Drizzle over the final tbsp of maple syrup.
  4. Lay the granola out on your baking sheets, pat as flat as you can. Place into a gas mark 3/170°C/300ºF oven.
  5. Check half-way through and move the granola around to make sure it is evenly browned. Extend cooking time as necessary.
  6. Allow to cool slightly and mix in the dried fruits.
  7. Pour into a large jar, and marvel at how great it feels to have baked your own granola!
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Did you make this recipe?

Please let me know how it turned out for you! Leave a comment below and share a picture on Instagram with the hashtag #azerowastelife!