Vass Smoothie

I’ve just returned from a holiday in Vasiliki in Greece and this smoothie was the smoothie of the day at my hotel.  I had it on my first day and then asked what the smoothie was the following day – it was the same smoothie every day because this was the one everyone liked best!  I’ve tried to recreate it at home to bring back some sunshine to a rather damp and dull morning.  It’s simple, fresh and sunny.

Vass Smoothie

  • 200ml fresh orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon goji berries
  • large chunk of fresh ginger
  • 1 banana

Blend it all together.

 

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Tofu Rhubarb Stack with Ginger Syrup

Tofu ginger 2I’ve started using silken tofu in various puddings – it’s great for a vegan cheesecake – and so wanted to try and incorporate some breakfast recipes with it.  It’s rhubarb season in our household with my allotment rhubarb in full harvest and I thought that rhubarb would combine really nicely with the tofu – with a few added extras to add sweetness and flavour.

The texture of silken tofu is quite runny and for this dish I wanted a more solid texture to go with the stewed rhubarb otherwise it would all be a bit too sloppy.  The addition of the roasted oats soaks up some of this moisture and makes the resulting tofu texture more like a thick bircher.

The ginger syrup brings it all together – don’t miss it out!  It’s quite strong, so you don’t need a lot of it, but it adds a fabulous sweet spice to the dish.

There is a bit of pre prep – but once that’s done the night before, it’s ready waiting for you to just add it all together in the morning.

Tofu Rhubarb Stack with Ginger Syrup – the layers

(the tofu and syrup is enough for two portions)

The Tofu layer

  • 300g packet of silken tofu (I used Clearspring)
  • 50g Oats
  • 2 teaspoons of coconut oil

Melt the coconut oil, add the oats and roast in the oven for around 10 minutes – shaking half way through.  Leave to cool.  You can also toast the oats on the hob in a frying pan – just keep shaking it to stop the oats burning.

Mix the tofu in a food processor to get it nice and creamy – it only takes a few seconds. Put the tofu into a bowl and mix through the roasted oats.  Put in the fridge overnight to allow the oats to soak up some of the tofu moisture.

The Ginger Syrup

  • 50g fresh ginger – roughly chopped into cubes (keep the skin on)
  • 20g brown sugar (I used coconut palm sugar but any will do)
  • 100ml water

Put everything into a small pan and bring to the boil – then simmer for around 10 minutes until the liquid has reduced and it looks more syrup than water.  Pour it through a sieve – this is your syrup. You can make this a day or two ahead as it keeps in the fridge for a few days.

Keep the strained ginger for use in iced teas – I popped mine in the freezer.

Rhubarb

I tend to stew a load of rhubarb at once and always have some ready in the fridge.  For one portion I would estimate around 200g rhubarb would be about right.

I do mine on the hob, chop the rhubarb into chunks, add a splash of water and some brown sugar and then simmer for around 10 mins – keep an eye on it and add a dash more water if it looks like sticking.  You don’t need much water.  Leave to cool or have it hot if you prefer – I prefer mine cold with this dish, I think it works better.

I try not to add too much sugar so as a guide I use roughly 1 teaspoon of sugar per 100g of rhubarb but I know many people who prefer a bit more sugar.

The Breakfast!

Tofu gingerIn the morning – just assemble your layers and drizzle the syrup over the top.

I added some extra blueberries to serve.

 

 

 

 

 

Beetroot & red berry granola

Further adventures with beetroot and a lazy bank holiday morning produced this wonderfully colourful granola. It has lovely hints of cardamom and ginger and with no added sugar I can pretend it’s super healthy.  It’s certainly lovely with coconut yoghurt. As usual I’ve been snacking on this all day. Granola is not just for brekkie.Beet granola jar

Beetroot & red berry granola

Makes a medium kilner jar’s worth.

  • 200g rolled oats
  • 50g Pumpkin seeds
  • 50g linseeds
  • 2 teaspoons ground cardamom
  • 1 large raw beetroot – peeled – around 160g – chopped into chunks
  • 1cm cube of fresh ginger
  • 50g coconut oil (before melting – so it’s still solid when you weigh it)
  • 2 tablespoons walnut oil (or other oil of choice)
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 50g dried cranberries
  • 50g goji berries

First make the beetroot coating.  Melt the coconut oil gently in a pan – I find it confusing when a recipe states coconut oil as I never know if that means melted or solid – so I’ve started weighing my solid coconut oil to be clear.

Then put the beetroot, fresh ginger, melted coconut oil and walnut oil in a blender. The texture will look like a very thick smoothie – see the photo below – pre mixing in.

In a large bowl mix together the oats, pumpkin seeds, linseeds and cardamom.Beet granola mix Add the beetroot mix and mix in well – making sure everything is well coated.

Rub some butter on a baking sheet and spread the mix onto the sheet. Bake for 10minutes at 180c/350f/Gas 4

Take it out and shake it up – then add the cranberries, goji berries and ground ginger. Mix it all up again and put back in the oven for another 10 minutes.  Leave it to cool then tuck in.

Beet granola oven done

 

 

 

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.