Oranges for Breakfast

A colourful fruit platter of winter fruits, while the colour and fragrance suggest warmer times.

In the cooler latitudes, the selection of fresh fruit available is limited in the cold months (or extremely expensive while not always providing the best flavour). Presentation of the ‘standard fruits’ with a few simple additions will transform your light breakfast or snack by providing more interesting flavour and texture combinations.

For a more nutritionally complete meal and to minimise uncontrolled snacking later, add protein in the form of nuts, more seeds, or yoghurt.

Diets for which Oranges for Breakfast is suitable:

Diabetic, Diary Free, Gluten Free, Low Calorie, Low Fat, Nut Free, Paleo, Raw, Vegetarian and Vegan.


Preparation: 10 mins | Cooking: 5 mins* | Serves: 1-2

1 tbsp pumpkin seeds
4 dates
2 oranges
1 grapefruit
1 pear
1/2 lemon, juiced
4 leaves mint, finely sliced
1 tbsp pomegranate


TOAST the pumpkin seed in a dry frying pan over a low-to-medium heat. (Stir continuously for about 5 minutes until they pop.)*
HALVE the dates, remove the stone and cut each half lengthwise.
PEEL the oranges, using a knife to remove the skin and white pith.
SLICE the oranges into circular pieces.
PEEL the grapefruit, using a knife to remove the skin and white pith.
CUT between the membrane segments of the grapefruit to give you crescent moon-shaped segments of grapefruit flesh.
PEEL the pear, slice into quarters, remove the core and slice each quarter into approximately 4 long pieces.
RUB lemon juice into the pear slices to prevent discolouration.
ARRANGE the fruit on a plate (platter if for 4 or more).

PLATE arrangement illustrated – a base of orange slices, topped with pear quarters fanned from the centre; between each slice of pear place a grapefruit segment; date slices fan out from the centre of the plate; scatter pumpkin seeds, pomegranate and mint over the fruit.


– Immediately
– Chill (ensure the pear has been well coated with lemon juice to prevent browning)
– Add nuts (not Nut Free), more seeds and serve with yoghurt (select appropriate yoghurt for Dairy Free, Paleo and Vegan diets) for a more substantial meal.


* Raw diet: do not toast the pumpkin seeds.

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