Banana Breakfast Smoothie

Bananas are perfect for delivering that much needed energy boost first thing in the morning.

My kids are going back to school soon and I predict a struggle in the morning. They’ve not had to rise from their beds before 9am since March! So a quick and easy smoothie will be just the ticket for a quick brekky before bolting out the door.

All of my children have hearty (that’s putting it mildly) appetites but if there are any first day back butterflies it might be easier to stomach a fruity drink than a hearty meal.

You can use any kind of milk for this: coconut, soya, cows milk, whatever you have in the fridge really. I added about a tablespoon of honey but to be honest it was a little too sweet for me. Just go with what you fancy.

I would hugely recommend a teeny bit of cinnamon and if I was using cows milk I might add a 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla bean paste or extract.

Banana Breakfast Smoothie

Makes 4 glasses

Ingredients

  • 500ml coconut milk (or whatever kind if milk you favour)
  • 2 ripe yellow bananas
  • A tablespoon of honey (optional)
  • A pinch of cinnamon (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla bean paste or extract (optional)

Method

  • Put all of your ingredients into a blender and whizz until smooth.

speedy berry & nut porridge

We needed breakfast in a hurry this morning so a quick whirl around the kitchen led me to this wholesome yet speedy porridge. It’s basically oats, milk, frozen raspberries and peanut butter. You could finish it off with honey or raspberry jam if you like a little more sweetness.

Of course you could use fresh berries, I just didn’t have any. And don’t feel it has to raspberries, that just happened to be what I had in the freezer.

And finally, don’t be constrained by my measurements. I never weigh out my porridge ingredients. I simply use a small cup to ‘measure’ the oats and pour over enough milk to cover the oats. As the porridge simmers away I often add more milk, if I’m in the mood for a runnier porridge.

Ingredients

Serves 2, generously

  • About 100g porridge oats
  • About 200ml milk of your choice (I used coconut milk)
  • 2 handfuls of frozen raspberries
  • 1 dessert spoon of crunchy peanut butter

method

  • Pop the oats, milk and berries in a pan and bring to a simmer.
  • Now that the porridge is warm you can stir in the peanut butter.
  • Keep simmering away and stirring every now and again until it has reached the consistency that you love. Remember you can adjust the texture by adding more milk at any time.
  • Serve immediately. If you’re going for the sweeter option, drizzle over honey or add a dollop of jam.