Tag: breakfast

Double Chocolate Pancakes vs Blackberry Buckwheat

Double Chocolate Pancakes vs Blackberry Buckwheat

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Pancakes are great! I’m fairly sure I’m not on my own there. The reason I love them so much is that they are so versatile – savoury, sweet, traditional, thin crepe-like, thick pikelet style, and they lend themselves beautifully to catering for any food intolerances. A few weeks ago, The Urban List asked if I would create a healthy pancake recipe for them, which I was super chuffed about, but it got me thinking. I don’t really like to use the word ‘healthy’, as I don’t think it means a whole lot. People have vastly different ideas on what healthy is, and compounded with a complete overload of information available these days, it makes for a confusing world! So, in putting these recipes together, rather than holding them up as the perfect healthy pancakes, I thought about giving some great, sustaining nutrition in the morning, I thought about making them as allergy friendly as possible, and of course I wanted to make them simple and delicious!

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I was very fortunate to have the lovely Jacqui Wilkins in my kitchen to take these beautiful snaps for Urban List – thank you Jacqui. This has inspired me further to take that big grown up step of organising an actual real camera to take my photos with, rather than relying on the ol’ iPhone – which I think has done a pretty good job so far… It also inspired me to clean up my kitchen, ha ha!

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I ended up with two pancake recipes – Blackberry Buckwheat, and Double Chocolate and Coconut. As promised they are easy and quick to make, contain no gluten, dairy or sugar, and are deee-lish! The double chocolate numbers are grain-free, so take extra care when flipping.

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I think you’ll be pleased! You can find the recipes here.

Chamomile Infused Spiced Quinoa – a hug for your tummy.

Chamomile Infused Spiced Quinoa – a hug for your tummy.

ChamoQuinoaWteaThe weather has suddenly turned a little cooler here, and I am immediately craving a cooked breakfast. Enter quinoa porridge. Nuttier than it’s oat based counterpart, quinoa comes with an impressive list of nutritional benefits, which I have talked about here¬†and here. Packed with protein, loaded with minerals, easy on the digestion, awesome!

Couple this with chamomile, a herb well known for its digestive benefits. It is soothing and calming to the digestive tract, helps relieve cramps, spasm or bloating, has a gentle action towards improving digestive function, and is also calming and nourishing to the nervous system – bonus! In practice it is a herb that I use a lot, but it can be just as effective made as a strong infusion (tea). It is also completely edible, and I like to add chamomile ‘dust’ regularly to my breakfast. (NB. Chamomile ‘dust’ is my name for the powdery leftovers at the bottom of a bag of chamomile flowers. Most chamomile tea bags contain mainly ‘dust’, so feel free to rip one open and scatter away.)

Ordinarily you would use water to cook a savoury quinoa, or milk for a sweeter or breakfast quinoa, so why not infuse your quinoa with herbs!? In this case I have used chamomile, but the world is your oyster – I was close to doing a rosehip version. I have also used coconut milk and spices in the mix, and what you are left with is a delicious, slightly nutty breakfast ready to be topped with your favourite additions. For extra tummy love I have topped with a good dose of chia seeds, which along with their spectacular nutritional profile, are a fabulous form of soluble fibre, which helps you to feel fuller for longer, soothes the digestive mucosa and works to …

Spiced Pumpkin Pancakes with Salted Caramel Walnuts.

Spiced Pumpkin Pancakes with Salted Caramel Walnuts.

pumpkin pancakes close We have been having a little cooler weather lately, and with it being Autumn here tomorrow, I’m feeling all pumpkin-y and walnutty. As much as I LOVE summer, Autumn with its dreamy long shadows, crisp air and amazing seasonal produce has to run a close second. It is such a wonderful season to be out in nature, and really makes you appreciate the last of the warmer days. Enter these spiced pumpkin pancakes. Completely delicious, and plus you have an excuse to make the salted caramel walnuts for the top – always a good thing!

Walnuts are high in omega 3 fatty acids, helpful in reducing pain and inflammation in the body, as well as being involved in healthy heart function, circulation, brain development and nerve conduction. You may notice that walnuts also look like the brain – nature is all over it!

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I was inspired by the lovely Chef Cynthia Louise with these pancakes. They are packed with nutrition, but are still beautifully light and fluffy. The natural sweetness from the pumpkin and spices used means that they are free from any sweeteners, which I love as it means you can either keep it as it, or add your choice of sweetener when serving. They are also packed with protein as I have used a mixture of quinoa and oat flours in the mix – also making them gluten free if gluten free oats are used. Alternatively, feel free to use 100% quinoa or 100% oat if you prefer, I just love the combination of both. Healthy fats are not left out of the equation, with coconut milk (and walnuts of course) to bring nourishment and a beautiful, satisfying mouth feel.

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Makes 12-13 pancakes

For the pancakes:

1 cup cooked mashed pumpkin …

Best Acai Bowl Ever

Best Acai Bowl Ever

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Voted in my house anyway. Enter my latest obsession – ACAI BOWLS! These babies have been around for quite some time, I have just been a little slow of the mark with them.

Acai (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) is a berry native to Central and South America. It has a super fabulous list of nutritional benefits, including a ridiculous antioxidant status, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and has protein, essential fatty acids, fibre and a host of other vitamins and minerals. Acai bowls are more common place in Brazil, California and Hawaii, and having not been lucky enough to visit these places yet, I will have to be content with my home made number. I have also supercharged this version with a nice whack of protein, healthy fats, and a fabulous array of super foods, and kale of course (ha) which is also a superfood!

You can buy acai as powder or frozen in sachets. It is not the cheapest thing in the world, but you don’t need a massive amount. My local health food shop is wonderful enough to sell it in bulk, which is perfect if you have that option. Alternatively, you can substitute it with any other superfood powder of your choice. Even if you left it out all together the recipe would still be ace. Freestyle this one as much as you like, the recipe below is just a guideline and is a little unconventional. I do like the addition of protein and good fats such as the avocado, seeds and nut butter, as often they are just a blend of mixed fruit. A fruit only version is delish, but a few extra ingredients and you can totally pass it as a legitimate meal! It’s also a huge hit with kids!

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[headline]Acai Bowl – My Wholefood Romance Style[/headline]

Makes 2 bowls…