Very rarely do I think up, make and blog a recipe all in the same day.
But this, frankly, just could not wait.
Of late, green smoothies have been my go-to post-run breakfasts. They’re quick, easy and provide me with the perfect pick me up I need to start off the rest of the day. Ideal, since I’m usually starving by the time I’ve showered and changed (I refuse to eat and then shower – it just feels wrong).
While I was out for this morning’s run however, I found myself craving something a little less green and a little more hearty. A quick mental review my fridge’s contents resulted in this incredible brainchild.
- 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
- 1 large ripe banana
- 1/4 cup old fashioned or rolled oats*
- 1 cup soymilk
- 1 tbsp shelled hemp seeds
- 1 tsp chia seeds
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend till smooth. I found it delicious as is but feel free to add a tbsp of agave or date to taste if you’re using unsweetened soymilk.
*( To make this allergen friendly, just use certified GF oats and rice or almond milk.)
The addition of oats make this smoothie unbelievably creamy and thick which I love. It’s also jam packed with protein, essential fatty acids, and vitamins thanks to the hemp and chia seeds, as well as the fortified soymilk.
Definitely a breakfast-worthy smoothie in my books.
Yesterday was Shrove Tuesday here in the UK, otherwise known as pancake day!
I played short order cook and ended up making three different recipes of pancakes – all of which received rave reviews. British pancakes are traditionally flat and thin and are more akin to crepes than fluffy American-style pancakes, so I consulted Veganomicon once again and made an adjusted version of the savoury wheat crepes, along with a veganised version of a recipe I learned in primary school.
To my surprise, everyone thought the best of the night were the crepe recipe from Veganomicon – which were agave sweetened and included both wholewheat and chickpea flour! Once relieved of my pancake making duties, I dug into a couple myself.
Melted dark chocolate, cashew butter, bananas and chocolate chips thrown in for good measure. Holy incredibleness.
Did you/do you celebrate pancake day?
Are you observing lent? If so, what are you giving up?
I’m not obviously, but I’ll take any excuse to indulge in pancakes for dinner any day.