Move over smoothies, it’s time for some crunch. Autumn brings an abundance of feast riches but with the luxury of an little overlap amid the last of the summer favourites. Breakfast is our favourite meal of the day and this particular recipe can be used as a topping for porridge - any kind from buckwheat or quinoa - with granola, bircher or as suggested in this recipe, the quick and easy option of yoghurt and muesli. This is what we call a ‘transitional’ breakfast bowl – it’s not quite cold enough to need porridge to break your fast but it’s not so warm outside that you want a cold smoothie. As the seasons change you need a little less raw and a little more moorish, i.e. cooked food in your diet. Remember to listen to your body.
- 1 apple
- 1 pear
- two handfuls of red grapes
- 1 date
- 1 teaspoon of organic maple syrup or raw honey
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- half teaspoon of nutmeg
- 1 date finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil (I use Biona)
- 1 tablespoon of Aduna Baobab
Chop the apple and pear into small pieces and the date even smaller - set aside. Heat the coconut oil on a low heat and add the chopped fruit and the grapes (whole), plus the spices and maple syrup/honey. Cover and let the fruit stew for around 10-15 minutes on a low heat.
Whilst that is cooking make your base, porridge, chia pudding, granola or yoghurt and muesli. It can even be eaten on its own. Here we mixed with soya yoghurt and muesli.
The result? Soothing yoghurt, warming Autumn fruit compote and a crunch from the muesli – it’s a win win. The rest can be eaten cold as a dessert or used up to two days later when actually tastes a little better.
The next day with porridge and Punchfoods Superseed Raw Cacao Boost - utterly delicious!
To soya or not to soya?
Soya has got a bit of a bad rep in recent times. Depending on who you ask, it is either a wonderful superfood or a hormone disrupting poison. As with most things in nutrition – and certainly my food mantra - there are good arguments on both sides and a little in your diet will not harm. Note: do consult a practitioner if you know you do have hormonal imbalances. There are a lot of benefits of soya, in-particular:
- It offers a perfect balance of carbohydrate, fat and protein (think The Zone Diet which I’ve been reading up of late)
- It’s a good source of fiber
- It’s low in fat
- More importantly it’s low in saturated fat and rich in poly-unsaturated fats and unsaturated fat (the goodies)
- It’s free from sugars, gluten, wheat and dairy, plus it’s naturally lactose free
My advice is to stay well away from any genetically modified soya based products (these are the nasties) and opt for organic options.