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April Breakfast Club Roundup and Winner

May 2, 2013

A huge thankyou to those of you who took part in April’s Breakfast Club challenge, which was “Rocket Fuel:  Breakfast for those days when you need a bit more oopmh”

Here’s what powers people through their day…

Coconut Island Smoothie from Jac at Tinned Tomatoes

Aside from the fact that it’s packed full of pineapple, pears, banana, coconut milk and orange juice – which would give a vitamin boost to any morning – I think this would send me off on a relaxing daydream to a more relaxed place if I had this on the morning of a busy day. Jac’s post also helped me learn a new word: dreich. Educational too!

Coconut Island Smoothie

Apricot Anzac Muffins from Michelle at Utterly Scrummy

Made to combat a post-park afternoon energy slump, these muffins contain everything you’d find in an Anzac biscuit, but with the addition of apricot and cinnamon. I love Anzac biscuits (I may have been known to raid the stash of them in our church kitchen when no-one was looking…) so I am planning to give these a go very soon.

Anzac muffins apricot cinnamon

Apricot Anzac Muffins

Spelt and Wholemeal No-Knead Loaf from Camilla at Fab Food 4 All

As someone whose enjoyment of making bread is inversely proportional to my skill in it, I’m always looking for new recipes that might save me from my doughy-doldrums. I made soda bread every week for nearly a year but got rather bored of it. Having seen this,  I think it’s time for me to move on to new and Spelt-ier recipes.

Spelt easy bread

Spelt & Wholemeal No-Knead Bread

Puy Lentils with a Poached Egg and a Paprika-Spiked Yoghurt by Elizabeth at Elizabeth’s Kitchen

Inspired by seeing the recipe on Food to Glow and with her interest piqued by the mix of flavours and textures, Elizabeth says that this is one of the best meals she has cooked in a very long time. Sounds pretty good to me!

Puy Lentil Poached Egg Breakfast

Puy Lentils with a Poached Egg and Paprika-Spiked Yogurt

Rocket Fuel Chocolate Breakfast Smoothie by me

Manuka honey, banana, chia seeds, oats and dates pack an energy filled punch and all in the guise of a chocolate milkshake.

Rocket Fuel Chocolate Breakfast Smoothies

Chocolate Puffs by Choclette at Chocolate Log Blog

Organic, vegan and almost raw – could they get any more virtuous? Made using an ingredient that can also be a moisturiser – perhaps this is a fast way to save time on your skincare routine?! Choclette points out that these would make a light but energy filled breakfast with natural ingredients.  She even made one in the shape of a butterfly.

Vegan orgainc chocolate rice krispie cake

Chocolate Puffs

Goji Bircher Chia Muesli by Janet at The Taste Space 

I’d not come across the Taste Space before and I’m now following it – one of many reasons why challenges like this are great.  As you may well be aware, I’m a bit of a cereal monster, so this is right up my street. I was also sent some goji berries in this month’s Foodie Penpal box. I am not entirely convinced by them on their own, so Janet’s admission that she doesn’t normally like goji berries but loves them in this has got me dreaming of all kinds of overnight oat ideas. She also has the brilliant idea of soaking the oats in an empty peanut butter jar to soak up the dregs. Genius.

Goji Chia Bircher oat breakfast

Goji Chia Bircher Meusli

Maple Bacon Muffins by Helen of Fuss Free Flavours who is the creator of Breakfast Club

Move over pancakes, it’s all about the maple syrup and bacon muffins. A classic and truly delicious breakfast combo in a brilliantly portable form. These muffins were born of a lack of eggs with which to make pancakes, resulting in a recipe that is easy to cobble together on even your most unorganised of weekends. Not that I ever start to make a recipe and realise I don’t have the right ingredients….honest….

Breakfast Maple Syrup Bacon Muffin

Maple Bacon Muffins

Banana Bran Muffins by Elizabeth at Elizabeth’s Kitchen

A second entry from Elizabeth. Sweetened with only natural sugars and freezable, these are ideal for breakfast on the run whilst still being a healthy option. Elizabeth has taken a recipe and tweaked it gradually to make this majestic looking muffin.

Banana Bran Date Breakfast Muffin Sugar-Free

Banana Bran Muffins

Breakfast Oat Bake by LucyP at Supergolden bakes

Having taunted us on twitter with news of this bake which includes bananas, walnuts and raspberries, I was looking forward to seeing the final result on Lucy’s blog. I think oatmeal bakes are quite an American thing, but they are really good and incredibly versatile. My attempt a few months ago looks like the ugly duckling compared to this beauty. Time to up my game!

Oatmeal Breakfast Bake

Oatmeal Breakfast Bake

So, that lot should keep you fueled up and ready to fight the month of May. The only thing left for me to do is announce the winner of a selection of my favourite breakfast items and some chia seeds. Congratulations to…..<drum roll> Janet at The Taste Space! Get in touch with your details and I’ll send the goodies out.

Thanks very much to Helen for letting me host Breakfast Club. Make sure you head over to Katie’s blog called Feeding Boys to  read about the Breakfast Club challenge for May which is “Bakes”. See you there.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. May 2, 2013 6:31 am

    Lots of scrummilicoius breakfast ideas here. Love birchermuesli and I’ve become a recent fan of breakfast smoothies, so it’s just great to get more ideas. Thanks for the round-up. Did the rocket fuel work?

    • May 2, 2013 6:32 am

      I want to try every recipe. I agree – never been convinced about the power of the breakfast smoothie until recently. Yes, it worked – I finished the marathon in 3hr 21mins and smashed my personal best. Thanks!

  2. May 2, 2013 7:27 am

    A lovely mix of recipes here and a great round-up, well done on your great Marathon feat too!

  3. May 2, 2013 1:27 pm

    Hmmm, I thought I had left a comment! Maybe not, my head is all over the place today. Great roundup. I want everything on it! Maybe it’s time for lunch.

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