Living off a plant based diet and trying out some super inventive recipes was one of the best things about The Bodycamp in Ibiza. Although I was a mega fan girl to all of the meals, aside from a couple which didn’t 100% hit the spot, breakfast was the absolute BOMB! I may be bias as breakfast is my fave meal, but still The Bodycamp chef, Ben Whale, killed it every time! On that note i’d like to share with you my top 4 breakfast recipes from the week, which were just ultra BOOTYLICIOUS! I apologise in advance for igniting any cravings…
This breakfast had to be my favourite at The Bodycamp. Porridge is something I really love, but often don’t have because it bloats me. However, the use of gluten free oats and non-dairy milk left me feeling full and light at the same time. Plus turmeric is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, so good for reducing bloating.
- 1/2 cup plant/dairy free milk
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3 grinds black pepper
- 3 pitted dates or honey/maple syrup to taste
- 1/2 cup porridge oats (i’d go for gluten free)
- Makes one bowl
If you’re using dates then blend them with the milk first before you mix everything together in a pan. Feel free to add more or less milk depending on how thick you like the porridge. It’s also quite a nice touch to sprinkle some of your favourite nuts on top and grate some carrot to give that extra texture and flavour.
Clue is in the name, granola-meets-flapjack! Great for having as a snack or decorating any smoothie bowl/ coconut yog and berry bowl. But be warned this is the definition of addiction…control your consumption or the whole thing will be gone in minutes.
- x2 cups of buckwheat
- x2 cups of gluten free oats
- x1 cup of pumpkin seeds
- x1 cup of de-stoned dates
- x1 cup of cranberries/goji berries
- 1.5 cups of water
- x1 orange zest
- x1 orange squeezed
- x1 heaped tablespoon of your chosen nut butter
- x1 heaped tablespoon of Maca powder (this is optional, but it is great for balancing hormones)
- 0.5 cups of coconut oil or coconut butter (coco butter is better if you want it more chocolatey)
- Pinch of salt
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence/powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
- 0.5 cup of blended flaxseeds or chia seeds
- Makes…quite a lot!
Get all the wet ingredients (i.e. honey, chopped dates, nut butter), put them in a pan and warm until all the ingredients are melted. Poor this over a bowl of all the dry ingredients and mix together. Place all the ingredients into a roasting dish and pop them in the oven at 150 degrees for around 40 minutes…basically until they turn golden brown!
Named after their creator, The Bodycamp chef and general wizard, Ben Whale! Protein balls have become a bit of a trend, but often if you get them from shops they’re filled with stuff that ain’t so good for you and sort of reduces their benefits. These homemade beauties are ballzzz in their finest form. I know this is not specifically a full on breakfast, but it still falls into the category of a breakfast snack, which is perfect if you’re in a rush in the morning and need to grab something quick!
- 200g goji berries
- 200g de-stoned dates
- 500g ground almonds
- Big tablespoon of any nut butter or tahini
- Makes 20
This is a basic recipe for protein balls, after this you can add anything you want. Cacao powder and orange is one of the tastiest in my opinion! All you do is blend the dates and goji berries together in a food processor until it creates a sort of soil. Then add ground almonds and nut butter. You don’t have to be to precise with the method or measurements. Once you’ve mixed everything together then you shape the mixture into healthy sized ball shapes, add a sprinkle of desiccated coconut if you fancy and chill in the fridge…the balls, not you. There’s a lot of protein in the nuts and gojis which is great for keeping you fuller for longer, plus the gojis are super easy to digest. The great thing about these is that they keep for ages, you can freeze them and pull them out whenever you fancy!
Tofu Bacon with Sweet Potato Hollandaise
This is a vegans answer to a sort of version of eggs benny…without the eggs, or ham, and a sort of hollandaise that isn’t quite hollandaise. So nothing like eggs Benedict?? Sounds very strange and a bit of an anti-climax if you were expecting eggs benny. However, as far as savoury breakfasts go, this was MEGA!
- Sweet potato
- Non-dairy/plant based milk
This is a super simple breakfast to make, i’ve not included measurements or amounts as it really depends on how much you want to make! Simply slice the tofu into rectangular shapes and fry with coconut oil in a pan. Also add the spinach to soften it. For the sweet potato hollandaise, peel and boil the sweet potato and then blend adding the milk bit by bit, until you get a consistency that you like. I always like a thicker hollandaise. Once you’ve got the right consistency add a sprinkle of salt, pepper and cinnamon to give an extra dynamic. Pop the tofu and spinach on a plate and poor the hollandaise over the top!
I apologise for the inevitable hunger and craving for breakfast that I have caused, but at least go do something about it and get experimenting in your kitchen!!