Foodie Friday – helping you fall back in love with breakfast

I used to despise breakfast. Cereal or toast. Yawn. Then as I discovered healthy eating, my breakfast range broadened, but only slightly… I still found myself getting bored with plain old overnight oats or homemade muesli. For me, I have found that variety is key. I need two or three different, EASY breakfasts to get me through my working week to make sure I’m not tempted to have a Danish or a muffin from the cafe at work.

In this months Foodie Friday, I’ve given you a few of my favourite breakfasts. All of them are healthy, simple, quick to prepare and most importantly, delicious! My biggest tip is to prepare as much as you can the night before – taking five to ten minutes out of your night means you’re ready to go and there’s no mad rush in the morning. Plus it means I get an extra ten minute sleep in which for me is golden!

At the end of this post, I’ve also listed a few other options so if you’d like the recipes for any of those, feel free to drop me a line! Because as we all know, breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

Espresso banana smoothie
Recipe adapted from MoveNourishBelieve
Serves 1
This is my favourite ever smoothie! I never thought I needed a recipe to make a good smoothie – just throw whatever you’ve got in the fridge and blend, right? Well, yes… but when I actually followed this recipe, the results were DELICIOUS! Oh, and an even bigger plus… this one is husband approved, he LOVES it!

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If you love coffee, you will LOVE this smoothie.
Image from MoveNourishBelieve

What you’ll need…

* 1 cup of almond milk (or milk of choice)
* 2 tablespoon oats
* 1 tablespoon peanut butter
* A shot of espresso (you can add more if you like it stronger)
* 1 teaspoon cinnamon
* 1 teaspoon nutmeg
* 1 teaspoon honey, maple syrup or rice malt syrup
* 1 frozen banana, chopped into pieces
* 1 cup of ice (leave out if you don’t have a super blender)
* 1 teaspoon chia seeds

 How it’s done…

  1. The night before, place all ingredients (except the banana, ice and chia seeds) into your blender and place in the fridge.
  2. In the morning, add the frozen banana, ice (if using) and chia and blend until smooth.

Tip: if you don’t have a super blender, you may not want to freeze your banana or use the ice. It still tastes delicious, it’s just less like a frappe!

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Morning mug muffin
Recipe adapted from MoveNourishBelieve
Serves 1
This one is a total winner – SO yummy and ridiculously simple to make. Plus it’s like you’re having cake breakfast and what’s not to love about that?!

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Hooray! Let’s all eat cake for breakfast!

What you’ll need…
* 1 banana
* 1 egg
* 2 tablespoons almond meal
* 2 tablespoons coconut meal (or plain flour)
* ½ teaspoon cinnamon
* ½ teaspoon baking powder
* 8 raspberries or berries of your choice (frozen is fine)
* ½ tablespoons almond (or regular) milk, if making the night before
* 1 tablespoon chia seeds
* Fresh berries or your fruit to serve

How it’s done…

  1. If making this the night before, in a Tupperwear container, mash the banana and whisk in the egg.
  2. Add the dry ingredients (excluding the chia seeds) and berries, mix well and pop in the fridge till morning.
  3. Before cooking, mix through the milk and chia seeds.
  4. Pour into a mug and cook for two minutes in the microwave. Carefully tip out onto a plate and enjoy with extra banana or berries.

Tip: you can prepare this in the morning and cook straight away if you’d prefer. If you do this, you will not need the almond milk. I take mine to work in a container then cook it in a mug when I’m ready to eat.

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The easiest pancakes ever
Serves 1 adult
Gluten free, dairy free, paleo, sugar free and quite possibly the easiest pancakes EVER! These are a huge hit with kids (and big kids like me!) and I’ve passed it on to so many friends. Delicious fresh and hot or can be made ahead and reheated or even eaten cold. Great for breakfast or as a snack!

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Never the prettiest ones to photograph, but delicious all the same!

What you’ll need…
2 x eggs, lightly beaten
1 x banana, mashed
Sprinkle cinnamon (optional)
Crushed nuts and seeds (optional)
Oil or butter for frying
* Nut butter, berries, stewed apple or maple syrup to serve

How it’s done…

  1. Mix together the beaten eggs, mashed banana and cinnamon (if using).
  2. Heat oil/butter in a pan and drop tablespoonfuls of the mixture into the hot pan – make them quite small, bite-sized is best. Be sure not to make the pancakes too big as they’ll break and you won’t be able to flip them.
  3. If using the seeds and nuts, sprinkle some onto the uncooked side. Cook for one minute each side then flip and cook for another minute.
  4. Serve with berries, stewed apple, nut butter or maple syrup. Can be eaten warm or cold! YUM!

Tip: I make these the night before and then re-heat at work. Delish!

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Other breakfast ideas…

* Healthy muesli (husband approved!)
* Mango and cashew green smoothie (husband approved… amazingly!)
* Corn fritters with avocado
* Chocolate overnight oats
* Smoothie bowls

Breakfasts that take a little more time or preparation ahead of time but are TOTALLY worth it!

* Oatmeal slice (make ahead on the weekend, and you’ve got breakfast for the whole week)
* Toasted breakfast loaf (made ahead, then you’ve got breakfast for the week sorted!)
* Coconut porridge
* Healthy baked beans (you can make a big batch and then have with toast and avocado during the week – very kid friendly too!)
* Paleo coconut pancakes (my go-to-never-fail-me healthy weekend pancake recipe)

I hope you’ve found some breakfast inspiration and I wish you luck as you (hopefully) fall back in love with breakfast!

Love Dan/lifelovetravelfood


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