I don’t know about you all, but, despite my desire for variety in my lunches and dinners, I tend to eat the same breakfast every day. I have high standards for breakfast: it must be filling; nutritious; fast; and sweet, without being loaded with refined sugar. Therefore, ever since I found my almost-perfect breakfast for this school year, it’s been almost a daily occurrence. This is it:
This is a recipe/recipe idea from Chocolate Covered Katie, and it is probably the recipe of hers that I’ve made most often! She has many variations. These are a few that I’ve personally tried:
However, out of all of those options, my favorite is the Chocolate Banana Bread in a Bowl. This is because the strong chocolate flavor masks many add-ins, especially those that are not quite so tasty! Because of that, I always add a handful of spinach, and often, a bit of turmeric. This is my basic recipe, adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie’s original version.
1 heaping cup (maybe 1.25 cups) of your favorite hearty flake cereal. My favorite is Nature’s Path Mesa Sunrise.
1 cup of plant milk
2 small handfuls spinach
2-3 tablespoons cocoa or cacao powder
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric (optional)
a dash of salt
a dash of vanilla
4-5 drops of Now’s Better Stevia Liquid Sweetener, in Original
Throw everything into a food processor or blender and blend on high until smooth. Once smooth, pour into a bowl and allow to sit for 1-2 minutes. I find that it has thickened by the time I put away my ingredients and top with ground flax. Serves one.
This is such an easy and fast breakfast. During the school week, I usually just top with a tablespoon of ground flax, and then have a snack of something else during school so I’m not starving when it’s finally lunch time. But, during the weekends, I often top my bowl with something more elaborate, such as designs of dried fruit and nuts. They’re nothing special compared to many others’ creations, like Heike at Haselnussblond (she’s seriously awesome!), but here are a few of my past bowls!
From left, the above bowls are: banana bread in a bowl, topped with walnuts, sliced dried figs, chia seeds, and a geranium bud (which I did not eat!); chocolate banana bread in a bowl, topped with vegan soy yogurt, raspberries, walnuts, and sliced fig; and sweet potato pie in a bowl (a different recipe of mine), topped with a chocolate swirl, walnuts, and raisins.
I’ve got to go and work on some homework now, but I hope you guys have a wonderful rest of the day. What’s your favorite breakfast?