My 30 (or more!) days challenges

Breakfast – Day 56

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I don’t make a lot of breakfast posts these days, as my breakfasts have become somewhat routine. But today I made something very special, which turned out absolutely delicious – so I definitely have to share this! These, my friends, are pumpkin and blueberry protein pancakes.

This is how I make the pancakes: I mix 3 tablespoons Greek yoghurt, 3 tablespoons coconut milk, 1 scoop vanilla-flavoured protein powder, 3 tablespoons pumpkin puree (I made it beforehand, baking a small pumpkin and blending the flesh), 1 egg, 2 tablespoons quinoa flour, 1 tablespoon coconut flour, 1/4 teaspoon baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (or a mixture of ground cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and allspice) in the blender. Then I take a handful of blueberries, cut them into halves and mix into the batter. Finally I cook the pancakes on a pre-heated pan, buttered with coconut oil.

In the meantime I make the sauce in the blender, using 2 tablespoons coconut milk, 1 tablespoon peanut butter, 1 tablespoon cocoa powder and 1 tablespoon dulce de leche.

My pancakes are served with the sauce, some figs and pecans and a cup of unsweetened cappuccino.

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Breakfast – Day 55

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I am getting more and more addicted to bowl cakes, since they are so simple to make and so delicious. And of course I am trying to keep mine as healthy as possible. So, ladies and gentlemen, welcome the middle-melting chocolate protein bowl cake!

As usual, I start with buttering a bowl with coconut oil, and then mix the following in that bowl: 3 tablespoons Greek yoghurt, 3 tablespoons coconut milk, 1 egg, 1 scoop vanilla protein powder, 1 tablespoon coconut flour, 1 tablespoon quinoa flour, 1 tablespoon cocoa powder, 1/4 teaspoon baking powder. Then I sink two squares of 90% dark chocolate into the mixture and put it in the microwave. My cake takes 5-6 minutes in total (in 1-minute increments).

Then I take the cake out of the bowl. The molten chocolate has come out on the surface, and I mix it with a teaspoon of dulce de leche and spread this mixture over the surface. Some fruits and berries (namely figs, raspberries and blueberries) and a cup of cappuccino accompany my bowl cake, which turned out delicious – and quite beautiful finally!

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Breakfast – Day 54

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Ok, I have to start with a confession here: I can’t cook buckwheat. I tried to make some for lunch yesterday, and I miserably failed: while I should have brought it to a boil and then left to simmer for 10 minutes under a lid, I continued cooking it at full power without a lid, which naturally resulted in the thing being overcooked.

But never mind, I thought, it would make a great porridge for the next morning. Which it did! I added coconut milk and a bit of stevia to the buckwheat and cooked it a little more, and here I am having it with chopped dates, blueberries, figs, cocoa nibs and a cup of black coffee!

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Breakfast – Day 50

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If I want to have cake for breakfast, I prefer it to be healthy, just as my today’s protein bowl cake is. It is quick and easy to make as well, unlike your usual cake.

I simply take a small bowl, grease it with coconut oil (so that the cake easily comes out later) and mix in it 2 tablespoons coconut flour, 1 tablespoon vanilla-flavoured whey protein, 2 tablespoons plain yoghurt, 2 tablespoons almond milk, 1 egg, 1/4 teaspoon baking powder and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Then I microwave the bowl in one minute increments (3 minutes in total). In the meantime, I prepare the sauce, mixing 2 tablespoons plain yoghurt with 1 tablespoon peanut butter and 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder. By the way, all the amounts given are for 1 person, so just double them if you are serving 2.

The bowl cake makes a great breakfast together with some fresh berries and unsweetened cappuccino.

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Breakfast – Day 49

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Another thing that all healthy eating and fitness bloggers post all the time is protein pancakes. I’ve been quite reluctant to make them myself, as even though I really like all kinds of pancakes, I thought it would be a bit of a hassle.

But somehow finally I got convinced that I should try those out! Especially that the recipes didn’t seem extremely complicated. To make this stack of pancakes, I just blend 1/3 cup ground oats, 2 tablespoons almond milk, 1/4 cup plain yoghurt, 2 tablespoons coconut flour, 1 scoop whey protein with vanilla flavour, 1 egg, half small banana, one teaspoon vanilla extract and half teaspoon cinnamon and cooked the pancakes over medium-high heat, about 2 minutes on each side. I was really worried that the pancakes would get an ugly shape, but it turns out that pouring the batter from a cup, holding it low above the pan, really helps to make them nice and round!

I’m having the pancakes with peanut butter and banana, and also some orange chunks and a cup of americano.

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Breakfast – Day 47

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I am continuing to exploit the endless possibilities of Nutella breakfasts and making them with my Venchi chocolate-hazelnut spread instead!

Today I am making wholewheat French toast roll-ups. First I take four slices of wholewheat toast bread, cut the crusts off and flatten out the slices with a rolling pin. Then I spread some Venchi on one side of each slice, top with chopped strawberries, roll the toasts up, dip them in a beaten egg mixed with come cinnamon and finally fry them on a pan until golden brown. Et voilà, the French toasts are ready to be served with a cup of cappuccino!

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Breakfast – Day 46

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Mug cake is another thing I wanted to try for a long time. And, given that I still have my jar of the Venchi chocolate-hazelnut spread (remember, that’s a better version of Nutella!) and that everyone loves Nutella, I started googling recipes for Nutella mug cakes. Here I found the one that I liked – but I’m making a couple of modifications to it.

So, in a big mug I mix an egg, 4 tablespoons of flour (I use coconut flour), half teaspoon baking powder (I’m adding it because my coconut flour is not self-raising), 3 tablespoons cocoa powder, 3 tablespoons milk, 3 tablespoons olive oil and 3 tablespoons Venchi spread. The recipe calls for 4 tablespoons sugar, but since I don’t have a very sweet tooth, I don’t add any – the sugar in the Venchi spread should be enough for me. What I do add, though, is some halved roasted hazelnuts. Then I microwave the mug at full power for 2 minutes (checking every 30 seconds, the cake is ready just when it’s no longer sticky) – the recipe says it could take anything from 1.5 to 3 minutes.

And finally I top my cake with fromage frais (because I don’t have any cream and also because it’s a bit healthier!) and some chocolate syrup and make myself a cup of espresso.

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Breakfast – Day 45

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On weekends I often try to make fancy (more or less!) and hearty breakfasts, as opposed to the quick on-the-go ones that I opt for on weekdays.

So the first thing I do is grate some Sorrento lemon zest, mix it with fromage frais and spread the mixture onto two wholewheat toasts. Then I top the toasts with smoked salmon, 2 soft scrambled eggs (adding some fromage frais to beaten eggs before scrambling) and diced feta cheese, sprinkling everything with fines herbes. The toasts are served with fresh spinach leaves, strawberries and caffè latte.

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Breakfast – Day 44

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Today, I am having a ridiculously simple but still very nice treat for breakfast: slices of sourdough baguette with every possible nut butter and spread I have at home (namely peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter, hazelnut butter and Venchi chocolate-hazelnut spread) and a cup of cinnamon cappuccino.

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Breakfast – Day 42

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More overnight oats today! I found this recipe called Nutella Overnight Oats and was really excited to try. Only I made some  modifications to it, the first of which was that I used another hazelnut-chocolate spread instead of Nutella. I got this one from my trip to Italy, from the Venchi chocolate shop – and it is way better than Nutella: it has more hazelnuts, less sugar and olive oil instead of palm oil, even though it is not significantly lower in calories (they had a ligher version, but it had sweetener instead of sugar, and for some reason I am very cautious about sweeteners)!

So the night before I mixed half cup oats, half cup milk, a tablespoon of oatbran, a tablespoon of chia seeds, a tablespoon of hazelnut butter and two tablespoons of the Venchi spread. This morning I added some roasted hazelnuts and also some chopped strawberries, as I prefer having my oats with fruits or berries. It turns out amazing: the taste is so rich, creamy and nutty, more like an indulging dessert than a breakfast. Continuing to experiment with my lovely coffee machine, I am having an Americano coffee with the oats.

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