“Banoffee” Chia Pudding

Banoffee Chia Pudding

Banoffee Chia Pudding

I like breakfast to be as hassle free as possible and it doesn’t get much easier than this!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup of nut milk (I used hazlenut)
  • 2 tbs chia seeds
  • 1 banana
  • 3-4 dates
  • A drizzle of coconut milk
  • 1 tsp of Maca
  • A handful of cacao nibs
METHOD
  1. Put the chia seeds & the nut milk in a glass jar & sllow to set for at least 1 hour (I make it just before going to bed)
  2. For the “Banoffee”, blend together 3/4 of the banana, dates, maca & enough coconut milk to give a creamy smooth texture.
  3. Slice the remaining banana thinly & place along the inside of the jar on top of the (by now) set chia pudding.
  4. Pour in the banoffee mixture & sprinkle with the cacao nibs
  5. Enjoy!

Rose & Strawberry Mousse

What a treat to wake up to a beautiful blue sky this morning….And a beautiful morning deserves a beautiful breakfast for sure!

 

Rose & Strawberry Mousse

Rose & Strawberry Mousse

 

INGREDIENTS:

1 avocado

1 banana

A handful of frozen strawberries (10 approx)

A little liquid of your choice (nut milk etc….I used kefir)

A sprinkling of chia seeds & desiccated coconut

A handful of cacao nibs

A dusting of rose petals

(As you can see, scientific measurements aren’t my strong point!)

METHOD

1. Blend the strawberries, banana, avocado & a few rose petals with a little liquid

2. Layer the mousse with the coconut & chia seeds

3. Top with the cacao nibs & remaining rose petals

4. Dig in & enjoy!!

If Superman Ate Breakfast………

(Following is a review I wrote on Iswari’s latest breakfast range. You can find it on their website here)

Superman

“I have been a huge fan of Iswari Superfoods Ireland for some time. I love their ethics & their philosophy and I really love the fact that they’ve brought incredibly clean, not to mention fairly priced, superfoods to our Emerald Isle. For quite a few years now, my pantry has been well stocked with a number of their products-from wheatgrass to bee pollen & everything in between. I’m sure you can appreciate how excited I was to hear of the preeminent launch of their new breakfast range!

As a nutritionist, & soon to be holistic health coach, I am always looking for ways to pack a nutritional punch in my clients diets, but without disrupting their all too busy schedules. The “Super Oats” & “Buddhas Awakening” products really fit the bill! Not only are they brimming with nutritious superfoods, many are organic to boot, & all are refined sugar, dairy & gluten free! It doesn’t stop there though; they literally take seconds to prepare. Just add water or milk of your choice, stir & enjoy. Even the busiest amongst us can manage that!

Here’s some advice to help you decide which to try first. Have you recently made health & wellness a priority in your life? Start with Banana Bliss. Are you looking to increase protein & omegas? Try the products with Hemp. Are you facing a particularly busy time, or do you normally lead a stressful life? Think Maca & Vanilla. Want something a little more indulgent? Reach for the Raw Cacao. This range literally has something for everyone.

My personal favourite is Buddha’s Awakening Chocolate Hit. It makes such a decadent, guilt free breakfast, and I can honestly say it easily keeps hunger pangs at bay until lunchtime. Can I let you in on a little secret though? I haven’t confined it to just the breakfast table! I’ve eaten it as a satisfying snack at different times of the day. I’ve added it to everything from smoothies, to avocado mousse, to homemade energy balls. I’ve even used it, along with Iswari Fruits of Love & Seeds of Wisdom, as a topping for coconut yoghurt. What’s more, I’m sure I will be coming up with plenty more ways to add it to my diet!

Two of the biggest concerns my clients have regarding breakfast, are lack of variety, and the amount of time needed to prepare it. I think it’s safe to say that this range confidently addresses both these issues. Now go get yourself some, before it all ends up squirreled away in my cupboard!”

Iswari currently have a special offer where you can buy a breakfast trio for only €25. You can find it here.

Buddhas Trio

 

Vegan Courgette Stacks

This week I have been mostly experimenting with a clean eating vegan diet.

I’m vegetarian as it is, so although not a huge adjustment, I did face a few difficulties, particularly at breakfast time. But as they say, necessity is the mother of invention & so I came up with this tasty dish. Let me introduce you to my world-famous (ok that’s a slight exaggeration!) Courgette Stacks! They are gluten, dairy & sugar-free, and to be honest would work just as well on the lunch or dinner  table. These got quite the reaction on Instagram & Facebook and I promised to share the recipe. So here goes……

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Vegan Courgette Stacks

You will need:

  • 1 courgette
  • 6 cherry tomatoes
  • 4 mushrooms
  • 1/2 an avocado
  • 1/2 spring onion
  • 1 small clove of garlic crushed
  • Juice of 1/4 of a lemon
  • 1/4 tsp chilli flakes
  • pinch of Himalayan rock salt & cracked black pepper
  • A drizzle of olive oil
  • A few torn basil leaves

Prep:

  • Thinly slice the courgette lengthways & also thinly slice the tomatoes & mushrooms
  • Put all of these under the grill & turn the courgette slices when they start to brown
  •  In the meantime prepare the avocado, by mixing all the other ingredients together (except the basil & olive oil)
  • Assemble your stacks as follows; slice of courgette, avocado, mushrooms, tomatoes, basil and repeat.
  • Put the stacks back under the grill just to heat through
  • Finish with a final layer of avocado & a drizzle of olive oil
  • Sit down, relax, chew & enjoy!

Will you try your hand at these? I can’t wait to see all your fabulous creations, so don’t forget to tag me when you’re sharing your pics @aleaflessordinary

Superfood Breakfast of Champions!

overnightoats

Overnight oats have been doing the digital rounds for some time now, but I wonder how many of you have actually tried them? They are the ultimate  portable “fast food” breakfast-or indeed they make a super satisfying snack at any time of day.

The variations are endless; peanut butter & banana, mango & mint or apple & cinammon. You can find more ideas to tickle your fancy from Monica at The Yummy Life here. Pictured above is my favourite combination-a superfood chocolatey feast that is like manna from heaven! (Well to me at least!)

I buy my Iswari superfoods at a local health food shop, but they (& more deliciousness!) are available online here. Iswari’s website is a wealth of information for anyone who is new to superfoods, & if you want more recipes I suggest you connect with them on facebook too.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup organic gluten-free oats
  • 1/4 cup Natures Path toasted buckwheat cereal (optional)
  • 1 tbs cacao nibs
  • 1/4 tbs bee pollen
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 tsp raw cacao powder
  • 2 dates, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup of fruit (I used frozen berries & 2 diced strawberries)
  • Almond milk (to cover)

Now for the “tricky” bit! Throw all the ingredients in a mason jar, add enough almond milk to cover, replace the lid & shake! Pop it in the fridge & it’s ready to use in the morning (or after approx 4 hours if you can’t wait that long!)

You might be saying to yourself ” I don’t have all those ingredients”-No problem, just improvise and use what you have. No mason jar? Use any with a screw top lid. I find the dates are enough for me, but if you like things a little sweeter just add your favourite.

Enjoy!

(Ps. This post is not in any way affiliated with “United Colors of Benetton” as seen in the picture above. I just so happened to use one of their beautiful trays to lay out the ingredients. You might be able to find one like it online!!)