If like me you cannot contain your sweet cravings and you feel you want to watch your weight, maintain or even just genuinely care for your insides you will be aware that constant processed sugar isn’t a great way to do this.
Most breakfast cereals offering “healthy/wholesome” beginnings are packed with secret hidden nasties. Without mentioning names; most cereals aimed at children that claim to be balanced, are packed with sugar and all sorts of bizarre ingredients. Now I am not slating cereal companies – we all have to eat but these sugar packed starts can cause metabolic highs and lows. Which lead to bursts of sudden energy and severe “come downs” as it were.
You have probably all experienced these feelings yourself. I am also not saying that enjoying sugary treats is something you shouldn’t do. Who am I to lecture? A rather large bar of Dairy Milk is my favourite. But I feel quite strongly about a good start to the day. Being someone who struggles with getting motivated most mornings I find it important to give my body something that will benefit it, not be something that hinders my day.
SO that’s the piece of information that I wish to stress before I give you my current winter favourite recipe. I choose to feed myself food that not only I enjoy, that tastes great. BUT ALSO doesn’t make me feel like utter crap once I’ve finished it.
I’m sure most of us have been in that position where we have over indulged and feel too full. But food should make you feel great, satisfied; not disgusting or uncomfortable.
This was why I began experimenting with breakfast – especially sweet alternatives because I think that all of us should feel good; food and drink and being with your loved ones is something to be enjoyed. Conversation, arguments and discovery through different things. Any hoo I am rambling now. The point of this post.. Lets get to it!
Crumble. I love it. It’s one of those warming winter puddings that fills my heart with joy – especially Rhubarb. It reminds me of primary school.
So my obvious reaction to this love of pudding is to create a Toffee Apple Crumble Brekkie… Using simple ingredients that don’t cost the earth, that have immune boosting properties and YES taste sweet and scrummy… I know, I know… You’ll have to try it to believe it but I promise this one is a great starting point to try before you try any elaborate creations. I tend to get carried away so here goes –
Serves 2 (can double for more)
You will need –
2 Cups Pure Rolled Oats (I use GF)
1 Cox Apple
6 stoned Dates (any you like)
1 cup of brewed Chai Tea
1/2 Cup of Ground Flax (a great cost effective way is to buy a bag of Golden Linseed and grind yourself in a highspeed blender)
3 Cups of Almond Milk – I use Alpro
1 Table spoon of PURE peanut butter – again I use Meridian because it has no additives it is purely ground peanuts.
1/2 cup of blanched chopped almonds
1 teaspoon of Cinnamon
1 teaspoon of Nutmeg
Pre heat your oven and make as hot as poss (saves time)
Start by prepping your dates – I use my bullet blender and pop the dates, brewed Chai Cinnamon, nutmeg and Peanut butter into the cup. I leave this to soak for a little let the dates soften.
Meanwhile whilst dancing to Stevie Knicks and pretending I am in a warmer climate I chop my bananas and thinly slice the apple – we want to create layers of flavour here so keep that in mind.
Get your bowls of choice and pop a layer of apple at the bottom
Blend your date mixture until smooth. Pour half of this into each bowl over the apple slice
Then I like to sprinkle more cinnamon.. I’m a cinnamon junkie so feel free to stick with your own tastes.
I then add the oats and almond milk to each bowl (equal parts in each)
Microwave this on high for 1min 30 secs
Meanwhile.. I like to sing to the sky and prepare the next delicious addition.
I chop the nuts to a Crumble style texture and place to one side
Marvellous – now remove your bowl and add another layer of apple and the other half of the date mixture and the flax seed to each and sprinkle with the nuts and feel free to be as generous with this as you wish.
Pop your bowls into the oven and let it bake for 5-8mins until the nuts brown
Remove carefully sprinkle with Nutmeg and break into a warm and nutritious breakfast.
*Please note – singing and dancing is optional; but certainly makes the mornings more interesting*