Baking · Breakfast

Sunday mornings call for lazy breakfasts. Cinnamon Maple Baked Chia Oats with blueberry and Banana.Β 

So I’ve made hundreds of flavor combinations of this in recent years. It’s a quick and easy get ahead for the night before or you can prep it the same morning and them gently cook together in the oven. It couldn’t be any more simple. This is one of my favorite combinations, but try it with literally any berry, stone fruits, even carob or chocolate chips in. Nuts and seeds make a great topping too.

Oats are just such a great start to the day. A slow release energy, with a warming and grounding feel to them. You all know my love or porridge. Well this is a little different, but runs on the same principle. I add Chia as a another little hit of goodness, and a fat. But you can add or remove anything you want. Really versatile concept. I love that comfort food, homey feel you get from oats.

This recipe is for one, but can easily be multiplied for whoever you’re feeding!

Good morning everyone πŸ™‚
Recipe:

1/2 Cup Rolled Oats.

1 Tbs Chia.

1 Cup Water (boiled if making that morning , cold if they’re sitting over night)

Almond milk or milk of choice

Maple Syrup

Cinnamon

1 Banana

Handful of Blueberries

Nuts and seeds of choice (optional)

Pop your oats into an oven sage baking dish, stir in the chia then add the water and a good splash of milk. Stir everything together and drizzle with maple and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Flatten eveything out to nice even layer and adorn with your fruit of choice. Being sure to poke pieces into the oats as well as just decorating on top. Then either pop this in the fridge over night or straight into the oven!
Pop the oven on 375.

Give the oats a final sprinkle with some nuts and seeds and bake for 20-25 minutes. A little less if you boiled the water and are cooking straight away!
Enjoy xox

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Love is in the air Sexy Smoothie Bowl.

Love is in the air at the little blue garden. The love of food, first foremost and forever. Valentines? Galentines? Screw that. Keep the romance in the kitchen. I guarantee, you’ll find love.

This mornings bowl of “I love me”… Carob and Strawberry smoothie bowl with Rose and Sesame. I really love this, smooth, creamy rich and sexy. So indulgent. Give it a try. Dessert flavoured breakfast bowls may be my very favourite thing this week.

This serves

Recipe:

1 Avocado

1 Frozen Banana

1-2 Tbs Carob Powder

Almond Milk

1-2 Tsp Something sweet- Honey or Maple

1 Tsp Rose Water ( optional)

To top:

Handful Fresh Strawberries or other berries ( Red is very pretty here)

Sesame Seeds and Rose petals to decorate.

Blitz the smoothie ingredientsΒ  together and top as you please. Put some effort in here. You eat with your eyes!

 

 

 

 

Breakfast

Strawberry Banana Smoothie Bowl with Strawberry Basil Chia Seed Jam!

It’s strawberry season in the sunshine state! And this heavenly scented bowl of goodness celebrates everything about it. I love strawberries. I was about to type that there are very few things better than in season sweet strawberries. But then my brain chimed in and named at least 8 other things. That was helpful… swiftly moving on.

Arriving at the Farmers market on Monday, I could already smell that sweet scent from walking into the market. I knew fine well I’d be going home with a flat full of stawberries before I’d even laid eyes on them. So after distractedly chucking other fruits and veggies into my bag I doubled back to the stand with the particular flat that caught my eye… what can I say? I’m a huge believer of love at first sight. Well. The rest is history.

Wandering out I spotted a beautiful Basil plant that I’d swear was calling my name. And since basil and strawberries are a match made in heaven, that little baby came home with me too. For those of you new to this magical flavour combination, give it a go. Pop some fresh basil on your next bowl of strawberries. You can thank me later.

Any way enough of my blabbering.
Let the strawberry recipes begin….
Smoothie :

1 frozen Banana

1 Cup hulled strawberries

Almond milk

1/2 tsp Vanilla paste (optional but so worth it)

You know the deal. Blitz it in the blender.
Strawberry and Basil Chia Seed Jam.

2 Cups of Strawberries

1/4 Cup something sweet- Sugar or Honey

Splash of water

A small bunch of fresh Basil – make it into a mini bouquet garni tied with some string in you can.

2 tbs Chia Seeds

Chop all the strawberries and add your sweetener and water to a sauce pan bring this to a simmer and keep it going for 10 minutes. Stir and squish the strawberries together. Once everything is nice and soft and sweet, decant into a heatproof bowl and slide your little bunch of basil into the jam. Leave this to cool. The leaves will go all wilt-y and brown but it should infuse the jam pretty well. Remove the now squishy bouquet when it’s cool and stir through the chia seeds. Give this a half hour to set. Then spoon onto smoothie bowls galore or stick it with peanut butter in a sandwhich. It’s beautiful stirred into porridge or rice pudding too.. I’ll stop talking now.

 

Breakfast

Black and Blue Berry Porridge.Β 

There’s something ridiculously comforting about a huge bowl of Porridge. Always been a favourite of mine. And it’s the ultimate lazy Sunday Breakfast.. back when I was little a big bowl of Porridge with Sugar and Jam used to be my preference. I’ve not drifted too far from that now , topping with a fresh fruit compote and a good drizzle of Honey… yep. My sweet tooth is still going strong , but we’re a little more refined these days. At least that’s what I keep telling myself.
Serves one. Preferably back in bed with a good book.
Recipe :

1 Cup Almond Milk

1/2 Cup Quick cook Oats

1/2 Tsp Vanilla Paste

Handful Blueberries

Handful Blackberries

Drizzle of Honey. Or Maple works great too.

Pop your berries into a small saucepan with a splash of Water. Pop it over a medium heat until bubbly and soft.

Heat the Milk in a sauce pan over medium and when hot stir through the Oats and Vanilla.

Pile everything into a bowl as you please and drizzle away with something sweet and sticky.

Enjoy !

Breakfast

Jumping on the Pumpkin Spice Β Bandwagon… Pumkin Orange Smoothie Bowl.

Ok. So. It’s that time of year again. When suddenly everything goes Pumpkin spice flavoured. Some I understand , others leave me a little weary…I mean seriously. But it’s huge. It’s everywhere. And as the saying goes , if you can’t beat ’em? Join them. So here we go…

Since its still boiling in Florida , and not really warm food weather yet, I went with smoothie Bowl. And I almost hate to admit it , but I loved it… and now I’m sold. Pumkin spice me up.
Recipe serves one

1 Frozen Banana

1 Orange

1/3 Cup Pumpkin

1/2 Tsp Pumkin spice

2 Tbs Maple Syrup

Optional toppings : Pumpkin seeds , clementine segments , fresh Nutmeg, Pecans.
Peel the Orange and throw in the blender with all the other smoothie ingredients.

Top as you like ! Go on. Make it pretty.

Breakfast

Spinach Mango Smoothie Bowl !Β 

Really feeling my smoothie bowls lately. Love a cold sweet treat on a hot Florida day. They’ve kept me going all summer long. This had been this week’s prominent flavour. I like to make the same thing over and over again until I’m sick of it. I’m handle like that..

Don’t let this shocking green hue put you off either. I promise you it’s sweet and delicious ! Just like me ey?

Recipe :

1/2 a Frozen Banana

1/2 Fresh Mango

1 Handful spinach.

Wizz up with a little Orange juice if you need extra fluid in your Blender.

I topped this with Starfruit and Granola today! Cashew butter and Strawberries yesterday.. play with it. Have fun. Eat more greens !

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Strawberry , Vanilla , Rose and Peach Smoothie Bowl!

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Lately I’m adoring starting the day with a great big Smoothie Bowl ! Cold and
Sweet , it feels like starting the day with some delicious dessert. I promise you , that’s my kind of morning.

This one’s a new one. Mainly because of my new obsession with all things Rose. It makes everything feel so exotic. I adore it.

Recipe :
2 Frozen Bananas
1 Cup Strawberries
1/2 tsp Vanilla
1 tsp Rose water.
Almond Milk
1 Peach
Sprinkle of Rose Petals
Sprinkle of Pumpkin seeds.

Pop the Bananas , Strawberries, Vanilla , Rose Water and Almond milk in a blender and blitz till smooth.

Top with Peach and Rose petals and a sprinkle of seeds if you like πŸ™‚