Friday, December 14th, 2018

Couscous with Apples and Dates: This ‘Aint Yo Momma’s Breakfast!

Published on May 21, 2009 by   ·   5 Comments Pin It

Who says breakfast is English muffins and fruit?   Try this easy (really!), healthful, and finger-licking breakie of champs, Glamazons!

Lemon Couscous with Apples and Dates
Serves: 4: Time to Prepare: 10 minutes


  • 1/2 cup of pitted dates, chopped
  • 2 green apples, cored and diced
  • 1 1/2 cups of uncooked couscous
  • 1 1/2 cups of warm water
  • Juice of 1/2 of a lemon

Chop the dates. Core the apples. Dice the apples. Place the dates, apples, and couscous in a medium bowl. Mix the warm water and lemon juice together in a small bowl. Pour the liquid over the couscous.
Fluff the couscous with a fork every 30 seconds or so, allowing it to soak for about 5 minutes, until
the liquid is absorbed. Mix everything together before it is served to ensure that the residual lemon juice gets on the apples. This will keep them from browning before you finish the breakfast. Make sure to add the apples and dates before pouring the warm water over the couscous. This allows those ingredients to lightly flavor the warm water which will then infuse the couscous. The apples and dates provide a nice mix of tart and sweet while the lemon juice brightens all of the flavors and also keeps the apple from browning. The couscous should be fluffed as it absorbs the water so that it does not become a big, congealed mass! The lemon juice is what made this dish for me, giving a bright feel to this dish, which is exactly what I
like for breakfast.

Raw Version:
Use finely shredded jicama for the couscous, soaking the jicama, apples, and dates in three cups of
water with the juice of two lemons for one hour. Drain the jicama “couscous” dish when it is done
soaking and serve.

Recipe Courtesy of   Jason Wyrick, the executive Chef and publisher of The Vegan Culinary Experience (the world’s only vegan culinary magazine). Check out this month’s free issue of!

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Readers Comments (5)

  1. Etirsa says:

    Thanks for this post and for including the raw version. Can’t wait to try it!

  2. brook says:

    wow, this sounds great! i’ll definitely be making this asap!

  3. themessenger says:

    that looks delicious, and it definitely aint my momma’s breakfast, thats fo sho

  4. Monika says:

    Just had this for breakfast. I put prunes in instead of dates, and it was lovely.
    Thanks for the recipe.

  5. mordecai says:

    finally made this for breakfast and it was a delight. quick easy and good for a weekend filler. thank you thank you!

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