Apricot, mixed seed and vanilla muesli

This is an incredibly easy and super-healthy breakfast to prepare, yet it’s bursting with goodness. The nuts and seeds in this breakfast provide healthy polyunsaturated fatty acids and a great range of vitamins and minerals.


Content highlights

Type of meal


Prep time

10 minutes


22 x 45g servings


oats ◦ almonds ◦ sesame seeds ◦ gluten ◦ sulphites

This dish is

Vegetarian and vegan ◦ high in fibre, protein and vitamin C ◦ a source of iron and folic acid


  • 400g porridge oats
  • 75g dried apricots, roughly chopped
  • 75g dates, roughly chopped
  • 150g whole almonds
  • 175g mixed seeds (like pumpkin, sunflower, linseed, poppy and sesame seeds)
  • 50g toasted flaked almonds
  • Seeds from 1 vanilla pod


  1. Mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl.
  2. Pour into an airtight container.
  3. Serve with almond milk.

If you have time, toast the oats first to make this breakfast extra special. 

Lorraine Pascale

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Nutritionist's tip

Unless allergic, expectant mums can include nuts in their pregnancy diet. There’s a possibility that eating nuts while pregnant may decrease the likelihood of your baby developing allergies as a child1.

Nutritional benefits

  • Oats contain fibre to help with any constipation caused by hormonal changes2
  • Apricots feature iron, ensuring your baby receives the necessary oxygen and nutrients in pregnancy3
  • Almonds contain folic acid which can help reduce the risk of neural tube defects such as spina bifida. The NHS recommends taking a folic acid supplement in addition to eating foods high in folic acid during pregnancy4
Nutrition valueAmount% Reference nutrient intake

Nutritional claims are based on single-portion analysis.

  1. Maslova, Ekaterina et al. Peanut and tree nut consumption during pregnancy and allergic disease in children—should mothers decrease their intake? Longitudinal evidence from the Danish National Birth Cohort. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2012; 130(3),724 - 732.
  2. NHS. Your pregnancy and baby guide [Online] 2018 Available at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/common-pregnancy-problems/#constipation [Accessed June 2018].
  3. British Nutrition Foundation. Nutrition and supplements during pregnancy [Online]. 2015. Available at: https://www.nutrition.org.uk/healthyliving/nutritionforpregnancy/nutrition-and-supplements-during-pregnancy.html?start=2[Accessed July 2018].
  4. NHS. Why do I need folic acid in pregnancy? [Online] 2018 Available at: https://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/913.aspx [Accessed June 2018].