I only recently have started getting back into the habit of eating breakfast. I always used to when I was younger and somehow when I turned 18 and moved out, I just stopped. I’m not sure why that was. I think I just got too lazy and couldn’t be bothered.
I still don’t tend to have much of an appetite early, so breakfast sometimes slips a little into brunching times, but I try to eat a little something anyways.
There are so many easy breakfast ideas out there, so today I wanted to just compile some of my personal go-to’s for you.
Avocado on Toast: This is my favourite for when I want to eat properly but don’t have hours to kill. I just take whatever bread I have at the moment, or bagels or anything bread-y and toast it for a few minutes (or as my flatmate says ‘warm it’ as I like my bread as untoasted as possible.)
While that is doing its thing, I cut up an Avocado into little cubes, pop it into a bowl, add a teaspoon of lime juice, some seasonings (salt, pepper, paprika) and mash it all up with a fork until it reaches the desired consistency. Then I just take the bread and evenly pack it on the avocado mixture, add a bit more pepper and some raspberry powder and you’re good to go. Really it doesn’t take long and will likely keep you full and give you lots of energy.
‘Healthy’ pancakes: This tends to take a bit longer, depending on how much you make, but it’s still super easy. All you need is an egg, a banana and about two tablespoons of flour. Pop all of these into a blender and mix until fully combined.
The consistency should be just past runny, but not gloopy. Then cover the mixture and leave for 10 minutes while you preheat the pan so it can thicken up a bit more. Add a little bit of butter to the pan and then just make pancakes as normal. If you feel fancy you can add some blueberries or apples, but they’re super yummy just on their own and you’d never guess that they’re free of added sugar and dairy.
Home-made Granola: Sometimes you just want a good bowl of cereal. I love making my own granola, so I can decide the ingredients, know exactly what is in it, and can also control the texture and make it as crunchy or chewy as I want. This does take a bit of time, but you can do it in bulk and then just store it for the next week. All you need is a banana, cocoa powder, agave syrup, puffed quinoa and some oats (any size works.)
Start by mashing up your banana and add it into a pan or a pot. Then, add 40g of agave syrup and heat on medium heat until combined. Next, add your cocoa powder (or if you don’t want chocolate cereal just leave it out) and mix again. Once it’s mainly smooth, take it off the heat, add a dash of salt and then the oats and quinoa.
Fold it all in until everything is properly combined, and it looks like the texture you want. Then spread it onto a baking sheet and bake for 10 min at 180 degrees.
After 10 min take it out, turn it over and bake for further 5 minutes. Let it cool and break it into clusters. And now you have a super yummy, super easy home-made granola that you can just have with a bit of yoghurt (or whatever you want) and it requires zero prep for the rest of the week.