Pear Ginger & Spirulina Oat bowl

 

Pear ginger and spirilenaIf you can reset your spectrum of acceptable breakfast colours – this is truly green and delicious.  I couldn’t resist sneaking a few mouthfuls as I put it in the fridge to soak overnight. I’ve tried spirulina in smoothies before and I find the taste can be quite overwhelming, so I was very moderate in my use of it here. It adds a lovely hint of flavour but still allows the ginger and pear to get a look in too and of course it creates that wonderful breakfast colour.  No cooking required – just another soaked oat bircher delight.

Pear Ginger & Spirulina Oat bowl

  • 30g porridge oats
  • 20g oat bran (you could use all porridge oats but I find mixing the oats gives a slightly less heavy bowl)
  • 1 pear – grated
  • 1cm piece of fresh ginger – grated
  • 25g Sultanas
  • 1/4 teaspoon of spirulina powder
  • 10g pumpkin seeds
  • 200ml almond milk

Mix everything together and put in the fridge overnight.  It’s lovely served on its own or with a blob of yoghurt – or crème fraiche.

Pear ginger spira and yog

I had a quick early banana before a run this morning and then settled in to eat this whilst watching the London Marathon.

Pear & Fennel Buck Bowl

Buckwheat fennel bowl

I’ve been using buckwheat for a little while now mainly cooking risottos with it. However I recently discovered that soaking and blending it (no cooking) creates a fabulous creamy dish.

Deliciously Ella and Oh She Glows have some lovely buckwheat porridge recipes so I’ve been inspired to experiment. This week I’ve also been pondering fennel. On Tuesday I had an energy bar that had fennel seeds in and I loved the slight aniseed hit that it gave.  I’m not a great fan of strong aniseed but this was lovely.

So I’ve been thinking about how to incorporate this into a breakfast dish.  Subtlety is the key and I think that raw blended buckwheat makes the perfect base for including more delicate flavours.

It’s quite a small amount compared to my usual bigger bowls of porridge, but it’s surprisingly filling and tastes wonderfully creamy.  I did add some maple syrup to mine as I was craving sweetness today, but the dish works without this too.

Pear and Fennel Buck Bowl (serves one)

Buck pear with maple

  • 50g buckwheat – soaked overnight – it won’t work if they aren’t soaked.
  • 1 pear
  • 2 tbsp. natural yoghurt
  • 2 tbsp. almond milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds – grinded in a pestle and mortar
  • 4-5 walnuts

Drain and rinse the buckwheat. In a blender or food processor blend the buckwheat, 1/2 the pear, the yoghurt and almond milk.  Put into a bowl and stir through the ground fennel seeds, the rest of the pear diced up and the walnuts crumbled in.   Decorate with some walnuts and a few extra whole fennel seeds if you fancy a bit more aniseed.   Drizzle over some maple syrup if you fancy more sweetness.

Tropical Chia Zinger Bowl

This is a serious hit of the tropics with added vitamin C. The mix of pineapple, ginger, kiwi and coconut puts the zing in. If you’re struggling to wake up in the morning, this will seriously wake up your taste buds.  I’ve been using coconut yoghurt a lot lately as a change from my usual natural yoghurt and it really enhances the whole taste of this dish.

There is some previous night preparation to make the pineapple and chia mix.

Tropical chia zinger bowl  (this pineapple chia mix is enough for 2 portions)

Tropical chia zinger

  • 200g fresh pineapple, peeled and chopped into big chunks
  • Zest and juice of 1 lime
  • Thumb sized piece of fresh ginger (I used mine from frozen)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • A few mint leaves
  • 3 tablespoons chia seeds

Put all of the above apart from the chia seeds into a food processor and mix to a puree. Put the puree into a bowl and mix in the chia seeds. Cover and put in the fridge overnight.

To serve (per single portion)

  • 1 kiwi fruit – diced
  • 1 teaspoon desiccated coconut
  • A sprinkle of shredded coconut

Mix together and top the pineapple chia mix with this.

Then add some coconut yoghurt on top with a few  more bits of shredded coconut.

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I managed to get up early this morning to walk the dog on the beach – lovely to see the sunshine so early and it prolonged the mood being able to eat this afterwards.

 

 

 

Simply Hot B&B

This morning was a quick ‘what’s in the fridge to use up’ type breakfast – and today the blueberries were getting to that not so fresh stage.  Cooking them up with a banana is quick and easy and adding a few oats helps to bulk up what is essentially a warming low fat brekkie.

Simply Hot B&B (serves one)

Baked banana

  • 1 banana – cut into thick slices
  • handful of blueberries
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 20g oats
  • sprinkle of cinnamon

Melt the coconut oil then mix with the honey.  Mix this with the banana, blueberries, oats and cinnamon.  Make sure it’s all well coated. Pop into a hot oven – 200c/400f/Gas 6 for 10 minutes.  You want the blueberries to start going a bit squishy.

Nice served with yoghurt.

Jaffa Bircher

I love Jaffa cakes, the mixture of chocolate and orange is one of the best flavour combinations. I’ve recently  run a few trail events where Jaffa cakes have been available at the drinks stations alongside the gels and I have been nicely fuelled by Jaffa power.  I’ve been trying to recreate that Jaffa taste in a slightly healthier way.

I first discovered the joys of orange puree during a patisserie course last year and it’s fabulous for adding a really strong orange hit.  There is a bit of preparation the night before due to having to boil the oranges and make the puree, but it’s really easy and worth it.  The puree also freezes really well.  I freeze it in ice cube trays or small ramekins so it’s portioned ready to use.  So instead of boiling one orange at a time I boil 2 or 3 and freeze the leftover.

To make the orange puree

Put 1 or more whole oranges in a big pan of water, bring to the boil and then simmer for around an hour – they should feel very soft when ready but still intact. Drain them, cut them in half and let them cool. When cool blitz them in a processor – skin and all. This is your puree.

Jaffa Bircher (serves one)

Jaffa bircher

  • 100g orange puree (this a about half of a large orange when pureed)
  • 30g oats
  • 2 teaspoons of cacao powder
  • 10g dried cranberries
  • 100ml Almond milk

Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl, cover and leave to soak overnight.  If you want a slightly wetter bircher add an additional tablespoon of almond milk over the mixture before putting in the fridge.

Before eating I like to sprinkle a few more cranberries and cacao nibs on top.

This is another most delicious brekkie that tastes soooo much better than it looks.

Nutty crumb layer bowl

I love bread, I could snack on toast all day but I try not eat too much bread at breakfast.  I’ve started experimenting with using bread in different ways and using breadcrumbs is of course a classic topping for many savoury dishes – who doesn’t love cauliflower cheese with a breadcrumb topping.  So I’ve incorporated some breadcrumbs into a layered dish for breakfast, adding lots of fruit and yoghurt to make it more nutritious. You could use unbuttered crumbs, but I find adding some nut spread adds a lovely flavour.  I like using a tall glass for this so I can imagine i’m eating a knickerbocker glory for breakfast.

Nutty crumb layer bowl (serves one)

layed breadcrumbs

  • 1 large piece of toast spread with nut butter (I love peanut or almond).
  • Fruit and yoghurt of your choice (banana and berries is a good combo)

Toast the bread, spread with nut butter and then blitz into breadcrumbs.  Layer up with fruit and yoghurt and maybe a drizzle of honey on top.

Papaya Oaty Coco Bowl

I am intrigued by papayas – they look so exotic but I haven’t quite figured out the best way to eat them.  To be honest I find the taste a little odd to eat on their own, yet added to other flavours they bring a lovely hint of tropical delicacy.  They are another fruit that I find difficult to buy in the perfect state of ripeness, but at the moment they seem to be just right, so I’m buying them a lot and enjoying experimenting with them.  This bowl is an easy one to prepare the night before and I love the mix of papaya with coconut – it seems the perfect tropical match.

Papaya Oaty Coco Bowl

Papaya Oaty Coco Bowl

  • 1/2 Papaya (peeled and the seeds removed)
  • 200ml coconut milk
  • 40g oats
  • 25g raisons
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1 dessert spoon desiccated coconut
Topping
  • Pumpkin and sunflower seeds
  • Shredded coconut

Method

The night before – blend the papaya with the coconut milk. Add this mix to the oats, raisons, chia seeds and desiccated coconut.  Stir well, cover the bowl and put it in the fridge overnight.  It will soak up all the liquid and look like a bircher muesli when you take it out.

I prefer mine at room temperature, so I tend to take it out of the fridge, take the dog for a walk and then come back and eat.

Add your topping just before eating  – I like to add some crunch so a mix of sunflower and pumpkin seeds works well, together with some shredded coconut.