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)
- 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.
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)
- 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.
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)
- 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.
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
- 1/2 Papaya (peeled and the seeds removed)
- 200ml coconut milk
- 40g oats
- 25g raisons
- 1 tbsp. chia seeds
- 1 dessert spoon desiccated coconut
- Pumpkin and sunflower seeds
- Shredded coconut
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.
As it’s the start of the Easter holidays my thoughts turn to chocolate. I discovered the joys of mixing quinoa with chocolate after finding a recipe by the blogger Chocolate Covered Katie and was intrigued about what it might taste like. It was delicious and has become a firm favourite for breakfast and my favourite way to eat quinoa. I’ve tried various combinations of milk, fruit and flavourings and i’m sure other versions of chocolate quinoa will feature on this blog again very soon.
I find when cooking with quinoa that the liquid can go from looking like too much to practically disappearing within seconds – so do keep an eye on it.
This isn’t the prettiest bowl to look at but don’t be put off, it really is a taste of healthy chocolate and protein for breakfast.
Quinoa cherry choc bowl (serves one)
- 50g Quinoa (washed and drained)
- 150ml almond milk
- 1 tbsp Greek yoghurt
- 2 teaspoons cacao powder
- few drops of vanilla essence
- 6 cherries, chopped and pitted
- 1 tbsp. Greek yoghurt
- some extra cherries
- Cacao nibs
Put the quinoa and milk into a pan and bring to a boil. Turn down and simmer for 15-20 mins – you want the quinoa to be really well cooked and soft. Keep an eye on the liquid and add a little more milk if it looks like running dry.
Once cooked, stir in the cacao powder, vanilla essence and 1 tbsp of yoghurt. Stir for a few seconds before turning off the heat. Stir through the chopped cherries.
Serve with the topping.
This one is for lovers of orange fruits. It’s vibrant and refreshing, definitely a sunny breakfast. It’s quick and easy with a little bit of prep and overnight soaking, then you’re ready to go. I added the cacao nibs at the last minute as I fancied a touch of bitter crunch against the citrus sweetness, but actually it’s good without anything added. I prefer my mix at room temperature, so I took the glow mix out of the fridge before I headed off to walk the dog.
Orange Glow in a glass (serves one)
- Juice and grated zest of one orange
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp desiccated coconut
- 1 tbsp goji berries
- 3 dried apricots – diced
- 15g dried mango – diced
- Handful of blueberries (around 50g)
Put all of the above in a bowl, mix it up, cover and leave overnight in the fridge. All the juice will be absorbed by the seeds and dried fruit.
- Natural Greek Yoghurt (I just dollop what I fancy, but it’s probably around 100-150ml
- Raw cacao nibs to sprinkle on top if desired)
In the morning layer up the orange glow mix with the yoghurt and sprinkle the nibs on top.
A lovely bright sunny morning today so coming back from walkies to this glowing glass was quite uplifting.