LUXE / HEALTH French toast…

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In my mind, there’s nothing more comforting than a stack of gorgeously gooey French toast and while it’s certainly a bit of a treat brekkie and not something I would suggest noshing on every day – it’s definitely on high rotation in our household at the moment.  Sunday mornings currently involve a lazy stroll to the corner coffee shop, followed by a trip to the local bakery for a loaf of fresh gluten free sourdough, and then it’s straight back to the kitchen for pure indulgence…

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LUXE / HEALTH French Toast

Ingredients:

4 eggs
1/2 cup milk of your choice
1 tbsp. rapadura sugar
4-6 slices thickly cut sourdough (I’ve found the BEST gluten free loaf at our local, but any bread will do)
Fresh raspberries
Marscapone or coconut yoghurt, to serve
Maple syrup (make sure you buy 100% pure – the regular supermarket rubbish is often full of just that..)
Butter or coconut oil

Method:

  • In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk and sugar until smooth.  Then, dunk each slice of bread in the egg mixture for a few seconds until it’s super soggy.
  • Heat a grill pan or frying pan on medium-high heat and add a dollop of butter or coconut oil and swirl around.  Note: I like to have two pans going at once because I’m simply too impatient to wait!
  • Fry each slice of bread for 3-4 minutes on each side until golden brown and serve while hot.
  • Current fave toppings include fresh raspberries with marscapone (it’s a treat after all!) and maple syrup.  But, honourable mentions include sliced banana and bacon, raspberries and coconut yoghurt or my hubby’s simple favourite, cinnamon sugar…

LUXE / HEALTH bircher muesli…

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Without a doubt, bircher muesli is my favourite brekkie, especially during summer!  While there are a zillion and one variations for this classic dish out there, I assure you this one is super simple and will take you less than five minutes to throw together in the morning.

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LUXE / HEALTH Bircher Muesli

Ingredients:

2 cups organic rolled oats
1 cup almond milk
1 cup coconut water
2 Granny Smith apples, grated
1/2 cup raw almond, roughly chopped
Honey
Greek yoghurt (optional)
Berries

Method:

  • In a large bowl, mix the oats with almond milk and coconut water.  Cover and pop in the fridge to soak overnight.
  • In the morning, add grated apple, chopped almonds and a generous squeeze of honey to the oat mixture and stir well.
  • Serve with extra nuts, fresh berries and yoghurt.
  • Store any leftovers in the fridge for 2-3 days.

 

LUXE / HEALTH almond milk porridge…

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I think there are two kinds of people in this world – those who like to eat oats, and those who don’t.  So if you’re one of the latter, I’d stop reading now as I’m a porridge lover from way back.  In fact, I don’t think there is another breakfast food that is quite as comforting as the humble bowl of porridge.  No matter how you like to cook it, no matter what toppings you decide to bestow upon it, and no matter if you like your oats hot or cold (à la bircher muesli) – it’s a winner!

One of my favourite things to do on a Saturday morning is to cook my oats on the stovetop (a luxury I don’t get to enjoy during the week when all I have is the office microwave).  And, depending on what ingredients are lazing about in our fridge, I like to get creative on the topping front.  Here is my (very) simple almond milk porridge recipe with raspberries and fresh figs.  Pure heaven!

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LUXE / HEALTH Almond Milk Porridge

Ingredients:

1 cup almond milk (or dairy-free milk of your choice – coconut also works well)
1/2 cup raw, rolled oats
1 tsp. honey
Fresh raspberries
Fresh figs, halved

Method:

  • Soak the oats in 1/2 cup of almond milk in the fridge for at least an hour (overnight is even better).  The key to the creaminess of this recipe is soaking your oats so don’t skip this step!
  • In a small saucepan, add the oats and the other 1/2 cup of milk and bring to the boil.  Reduce to a simmer and stir regularly for 10-20 minutes until your oats are thick and creamy.
  • Pop into a beautiful bowl with fresh raspberries, sliced fig and a drizzle of honey.  Simple.