Cinnamon Spiced Banana French Toast

 

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I absolutely love French toast.  It reminds me of childhood as this was my treat breakfast at my grandmother’s on a Sunday morning.  I loved standing next to her and help dip the bread in the egg mixture and as soon as the bread hit the pan the smell that wafted through the house made my tummy rumble!

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Spinach & Berry Smoothie Bowl

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Most mornings I have a smoothie after working out when I need something quick before I head out the door.  However, on days when I have a bit more time I love a smoothie bowl.

The flavour combinations are endless, just use whatever is your favourite smoothie combo but the trick is to use frozen fruit and less liquid so you get a thicker consistency.  If you think the smoothie isn’t very thick you can pop it in the freezer for a few minutes until it firms up, this also helps the toppings not to sink!

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Banana & Oat Pancakes

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It is often said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  In fact there’s a saying;

“Breakfast like a King

Lunch like a Prince

Dinner like a Pauper”

Whilst my daily meals don’t necessarily follow this, I do love a good breakfast.

For years I couldn’t eat breakfast first thing in the morning.  Then when I started exercising more and cleaning up my diet I realised how well I function for the rest of the day when I’ve had a good breakfast.  I don’t get a mid-morning or mid-afternoon slump and I don’t have the constant feeling of needing more to eat.  You know the feeling, that no matter what you eat you don’t feel satisfied?  I’ve found that having a healthy, balanced breakfast gets rid of those feelings for me.  Don’t get me wrong, I don’t make pancakes everyday as I don’t have time and it would get boring, but these are great to make on a relaxed weekend morning.

I normally serve mine with berries and yoghurt but a drizzle of nut butter over them would be tasty too.

Makes approx. 5 pancakes

Ingredients

-2 tsp. coconut oil or olive oil

-1 very ripe banana, mashed

-2 eggs, beaten

-3 Tbsp. gluten free oats

-pinch of cinnamon (optional)

 

Banana & oat pancakes

How To Make

In a bowl mix together the banana, eggs, oats and cinnamon (if using).  Stir until fully combined.

Place 1 teaspoon of oil in a frying pan over a medium heat.  Once the oil is hot, add 2 tablespoons of pancake mixture to the pan.

Cook for 2 minutes, until brown then flip over and cook until brown on the other side.  Remove to a plate and cover to keep warm.

Repeat until all the pancake mixture is used up.  Add the extra teaspoon of oil to the pan when it starts to dry out.

Serve with berries and yoghurt or as you like!

Enjoy 🙂

 

 

Chia Berry Pudding (Dairy free)

Chia Berry Pudding

A very belated Happy New Year to you all.  I hope you have all had a lovely Christmas and New Year and 2015 is good to you all.

I had a fairly quiet Christmas and New Year, I caught up with friends and family which is always nice. Unfortunately though my dog has been unwell so she has been occupying a lot of my time, the vet is still unsure of what is wrong with her but she is to have more tests done this week.  It’s amazing how much a pet becomes part of the family and my dog is such a great companion, plus she doesn’t answer back when I talk to her…bonus!

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Baked Peaches

Baked Peaches

I hardly ever eat peaches, not sure why, it’s just a fruit that I don’t tend to buy.  However, I bought some at the shops the other week and they are so good just now so I’ll be buying them regularly whilst they’re in season.

This recipe is simple to make (which I like most of my recipes to be!) and can easily be doubled.  I’ve had the peaches hot but they are also lovely cold too which would make them a nice breakfast option to have with granola and yoghurt.

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Spinach & Cherry Tomato Scramble

Please let me start off by apologising for the pictures of this dish.  Trying to get a good shot of scrambled eggs for an (very) amateur photographer with a camera that is slowly dying is not the easiest!  However, let me assure you that this dish tastes good and I hope the pictures don’t put you off!

You may wonder why I’m posting a recipe for scrambled eggs, as surely it’s one of the easiest things to make.  That may be so but for me when I first started getting interested in cooking I had so many disasters just trying to make scrambled eggs I thought I’d share this recipe – plus it’s my new favourite way to eat them.

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