As you may have noticed, I am starting to take breakfast seriously. Not in a “get my macros” kind of way, more of a “go big or go home” kind of way.
Breakfast is not only the most important meal of the day because it kick starts your metabolism and blah blah blah, it’s also a massive psychological boost to the start of the day. The right breakfast kicks you right up the arse and you honestly feel unstoppable.
Eating a good breakfast just makes the day seem a little bit brighter and hopeful. Even if it’s a Monday or whatever, you can do it because you’re full of delicious goodness.
Because it’s Friday, I decided that I wanted something a little bit spectacular for breakfast. I love a good burrito or a bowl of delicious, healthy oats; but, this morning I wanted something that makes the people at my work shake their head at the sheer ridiculousness of my breakfast (you know who you are…), the only caveat being that it had to be healthy.
So, I sat with a pen and paper and wrote down everything I could possibly have. Separated, obviously, into sweet and savoury. I thought about pizza, shakshuka (which I will definitely be making in the future), quesadillas and all manner of savoury things. I wasn’t feeling savoury, so I focused on sweet.
A fruit bowl was an option, but that was right inside of the box that I was trying to think outside of. Cake? Meringue? My mind was racing. So I took a look in my cupboard to garner inspiration and that’s when I realised, don’t think outside the box. Think inside the box and take it outside the box.
I’m pretty sure that thinking about food for that long had driven me delirious from hunger, so please don’t read too much into how little that last sentence makes sense.
I realised that I was, possibly, thinking too big. Why not make my everyday breakfast just a little bit better? Throw some magic on that mother flipper. So I took a look in my cupboards, remembered I had a worrying amount of frozen bananas and settled on….
It was so obvious! It was basically cooked, healthy oats. It was like a dessert and it would astound my colleagues. It turned out to be incredibly easy. I microwaved it when I got to work and plonked a dollop of frogurt on top.
I underestimated the flapjack, it was too good. I only got to eat half. Damn work colleagues.
1 1/2 cup Oats (I just use the basic ones from Lidl, because they’re oats, how wrong could they get it?)
1/2 cup Quinoa Flakes (I found these in my corner shop and thought “why the hell not?”)
2 Massively Overripe Bananas (when you buy too many bananas and you end up with a few that go black, don’t throw them out, chuck them in the freezer and use them in this)
1 large egg (if you’re vegan, leave this out. I’d already cracked the egg so just chucked it in)
Dried fruit and nut mix (use any you want, I had a tropical mix from Lidl. God, I really love Lidl)
3 Dessertspoons of melted Coconut Oil
A little extra oil for greasing
Pinch of Baking Soda
Sprinkle of Salt
Dollop of Honey (or Agave or whatever sweetener you want. I’ve been purposefully vague as you can put as much in as you want)
Dash of Vanilla Flavouring (or, if you’re feeling adventurous you can use an actual vanilla pod. I wasn’t)
*OPTIONAL EXTRAS: Peanut butter, cocoa powder*
- Put the oats, quinoa and fruit nut mix in a large mixing bowl
- Preheat the oven. Again, I have no idea what temperature I did this at. I think it was gas mark 3, so do with that information what you will
- Grease your baking dish. I can’t extol the virtues of grabbing a single serving baking dish enough
- Blend the banana, honey, melted coconut oil, salt and baking powder
- Crack the egg into the oats and fold it in
- Slowly mix in the banana mixture, a spoonful at a time
- Once you’ve added the lot of the mixture, give it a really good stir
- Pour it into the baking dish and then settle it. Doing this with a spoon is laborious and boring, I just picked up the dish, shook it and whacked it on the side until it was flat
- Put it in the oven for… I watched about half an episode of Daredevil so… 20 minutes?
- Check it’s crispy on top
- When it is, it’s done
I let it cool overnight, microwaved it at work and dropped a giant spoonful of Snog Passionfruit Frogurt on top because I was intent on going all out. But you could use normal yoghurt, ice cream, chocolate sauce. Hell, eat it as it is, I don’t care. All I know is that it’s delicious, easy and perfect to start the day!