I came up with this fast, healthy, grain-free breakfast solution mostly out of desperation. In my rush to get out the door every morning, I kept missing “the most important meal of the day,” and by midmorning, I’d be dragging.

On the days I did manage to throw together a healthy breakfast, I would wind up late because the preparation and clean-up efforts were just too time consuming.

The other problem: As a gluten-free gal (I’ve been off the stuff for more than 20 years now), I found it challenging to create satisfying, no-cook breakfasts that were nutrition-packed and not full of starches.

This “quick-trick snack stack” has turned out be be my savior. The name was inspired by Dr. Seuss’s Fox In Sox (“First, I’ll make a quick trick brick stack. Then I’ll make a quick trick block stack…”), which makes it a hit with kids and grownups alike.

I now eat some version of this for breakfast almost every work day, and I’ll sometimes also have it for a snack if I have to go more than a few hours without refueling.

It’s basically just fruit, nuts, coconut and seeds with some milk-type stuff poured over the top, but it eats conveniently like cold cereal — without all the refined grains and sugars.

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