Bananas, breakfast, Breakfast Rituals, cafe food, DIY, Fruit, vegetarian

B is for .. Banana

Banana bread is another Aussie cafe staple. There are many variations that you can make, my latest variation is to add berries and chia to give it a bit of tartness and texture. I’ve also added lemon before which can complement the blueberry, as it gives it more of a lift and works well with yoghurt.

Oven – 180 fan forced

Loaf tin, greased and floured (this creates a good crust)


3 large bananas (just over 1 cup) mashed

2 eggs

1/4 cup rice bran oil

3 dessertspoons chia seeds

1/4 cup yoghurt (I use passionfruit vaalia)

1 cup self raising flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

Mix the mashed banana with the wet ingredients together and add chia seeds

Add in the self raising flour and baking powder and mix together until combined

Pour into loaf tin and bake for 40 mins. You may need to put some foil over the top for the last 10 mins

Share with a friend and a mug of your favourite tea or coffee

Breakfast Rituals

B is for breakfast, brunch.. what are your rituals around the first meal of the day?

Good Morning,

How do you spend your time when you’ve just woken up?
What are your rituals?

Most people acknowledge that Breakfast as a meal is important. But I think it is actually so much more.

Instead of taking the stance on breakfast and its role in weight maintenance which reminds me of work, I think I’d rather comment that I’ve noticed that it is highly important that you are focused on something in the morning.

Starting your day well is important. Having a routine, or a ritual amount of things to focus on.
Its a good way to start the day.

One of my clients said recently, “if I don’t have something in the morning, I tend to run into a bit of trouble at the back end of the day”.. meaning – he turns into a big grazer as his body drives him to eat to make up for lost time.. sound familiar?

I’ve started going to the gym more regularly and I am finding I am very hungry in the mornings now. This is not a problem though, as I do to love to eat!
Another positive benefit of the gym!! 🙂
Todays breakfast is two slices of toast and cereal. Coffee, and my vitamins. A look at the paper. It may not sound like much, but its my wake up routine, its how I gear up for the day. I eat to my appetite for the day and the training I’ve been doing. Oh, and then there is the weather.
At the moment its pretty cold here in Sydney, so I’ve been focused on warming foods that will take me out the door tummy happy. Cereal and cold milk is out.

My top 5 of the moment:

1. 2 free range eggs, fried in a non stick plan with a small slick of sesame oil.
2. porridge or oatmeal (depending on your hemisphere), flavoured with cinnamon, brown sugar, and salt.
3. toast with peanut butter (super crunchy please… i have PB&J on occasion, if I’m feeling weary);
4. hot buttered toast with sesame seed covered crust (thanks bakers delight)
5. hot milo and a banana

I’ve been making a tray of oatmeal once a week and dividing it up into ‘slices’ that I can serve myself like a pudding through the wintery mornings.
Todays one is apricot, cinnamon and coconut – and I’m really looking forward to eating it tomorrow!

I prepared half a cup of coconut flakes and about the same (ok maybe more) of chopped dried apricots.
Pop these in a pot with 2 cups oats and 2 cups water. Bring to the boil.
Add a 1/2 or more if you want it super cinnamon-y (i added about 1 teaspoon as I like a lot), and also add milk if you want to boost the protein content of the porridge. Bring to the boil, and add a sprinkle of salt to taste.
I don’t add sugar in when I am cooking the porridge as I like to see the brown sugar melt in the minute before I eat it.
Pour into a bowl or empty tray, or cake tin, and set overnight. Cut a slice in the morning, and dress in a bowl with milk and sugar. Heat to serve!
You could also use coconut milk to make it more coconutty to the max if you like. I avoid coconut milk and cream as much as possible because I have a family history of cardiovascular disease, and the addition of coconut flakes here is really enough for me.



chopped dried apricots and moist coconut flakes

chopped dried apricots and moist coconut flakes

my porridge oats setting in the tray

my porridge oats setting in the tray