Cran-Apple Walnut Couscous

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Start your day off with a delicious and nutritious bowl of breakfast couscous! This sweet creation is packed with fiber, vitamins, and essential minerals that’ll give you the energy you need to conquer the day ahead. Plus, it’ll keep your tummy happy and healthy! 

Cooking method: Just add water (or milk)

Approximate dry weight (per serving): 19g

Dietary preferences: Vegetarian, High Fiber

Macronutrients (per serving):

Carb Energy

62.5g | 250 kcal
(+ 8.7g fiber!)

Protein Power

14.7g | 59 kcal

Fat Fuel

13.6g | 122 kcal

Cran-Apple Walnut Couscous Ingredients

Before you go running to the store, let me give you the inside scoop on the key ingredients:


Native to: North Africa

Top 3 nutrients: fiber, protein, B vitamins

For this recipe, you’ll want to use whole wheat instant couscous. This way, we can get all of that yummy fiber that keeps us feeling full and happy. Whole wheat also adds a nice flavour profile.


Native to: North America

Top 3 nutrients: vitamin C, fiber, antioxidants

To reduce sugar and keep things healthier, use unsweetened dried cranberries.


Native to: Central Asia

Top 3 nutrients: fiber, vitamin C, calcium

For this recipe, you’ll want to use dried apple chips or rings, and chop them into bite size pieces. 


Native to: Eastern Mediterranean

Top 3 nutrients: healthy fats, protein, antioxidants

Either crushing walnut halves, or using walnuts pieces will do! 

Milk Powder [Cow Dairy]

Native to: world-wide (domesticated)*

Top 3 nutrients: protein, calcium, vitamin D

In addition to the sweet creamy flavour it provides, it adds a good amount of protein. You can use skim or whole milk powder, however, whole milk powder does have a noticeably better flavour . 

*Milk cows are not native to a single specific location but have been bred and developed from wild aurochs over thousands of years. Aurochs were native to various parts of Europe, Asia, and North Africa.

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Storage Instructions

Here are some tips to help you maximize the shelf life of your Cran-Apple Walnut Couscous:

  • Keep stored in a sealable container or bag
  • Vacuum sealing can extend the shelf life by up to three times its normal duration! This is useful if you’re prepping lots for longer term use. 
  • Store in a cool, dry and dark place. For longer term storage, it’s recommended to keep stored in the freezer (especially if not vacuum sealed)

When you take these measures, your couscous can last for several months, and even up to a few years!

Preparing Cran-Apple Walnut Couscous is especially quick and easy because it uses instant couscous and doesn’t have any ingredients that require a long soaking period. 

Per serving:
  1. Add 3/4 cup boiling water (or 3/4 cup heated milk*)
  2. Stir
  3. Let sit for 5 minutes
  4. Stir & enjoy
*If you’re making this at home (or out somewhere where you can bring milk) you can use fresh milk instead of milk powder. 

Rehydrating Tips:

  • Use a container with a lid to contain as much heat as possible… Have a packable insulated container? Even better. 
  • After sitting time is finished, add more hot water if you find the meal dry or crunchy.  

Cran-Apple Walnut Couscous

5 from 1 vote
Start off your day with bowl of breakfast couscous! Packed with fiber, vitamins, and essential minerals, this sweet creation not only satisfies your hunger and provides ample carb energy, but also supports your digestive health.
Course Breakfast
Servings 1
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes


  • ¼ cup whole-wheat couscous
  • 2 tbsp dried cranberries
  • 2 tbsp dried apples (or apple chips), chopped
  • 6 walnut halves
  • 2 tbsp powdered milk or fresh milk - see notes
  • ½ - 1 tsp maple sugar or brown sugar
  • ¼ - ½ tsp cinnamon


  • Combine all ingredients in a sealable container - that's it!


How to prepare before eating:
  1. Add 3/4 cup boiling water 
  2. Stir
  3. Let sit for 5 minutes
  4. Stir & enjoy
Storage Instructions:
  • Keep stored in a sealable container or bag in a cool and dark place.
  • For longer term storage, store in the freezer
  • When stored properly, this should have a shelf life of several months up to a few years 
Approximate dry weight (per serving): 19g
**If using fresh milk instead of milk powder:
  1. Heat 3/4 cup milk in a saucepan (just before boiling point) 
  2. Add to couscous mixture and stir
  3. Let sit for 5 minutes
  4. Stir & enjoy


Serving: 1gCalories: 461kcalCarbohydrates: 62.5gProtein: 14.7gFat: 13.6gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 199mgFiber: 8.7gSugar: 30.5g

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