Sunday, February 14, 2016


Breakfast around these parts has been pretty dynamic over the last few months. What started out as my most consistent meal of the day has seen some changes. When I started out on this way of life, oatmeal and berries was my morning staple. I bought oats in ten pound boxes, berries in two pound bags and plowed my way through them month after month. (I just noticed that my go to supermarket is out of those boxes of Quaker oats, sad for me!) When the naturopath that I had seen suggested I get off fruit, I was kind of devastated as I really loved having fruit for my morning meal. As it is, I still had almost a whole bag of frozen nectarines and a whole bag of frozen blackberries to use. I decided to try Angela Liddon's Baked Oatmeal from Oh She Glows substituting the pears/apples for blueberries and nectarines. I loved the way it turned out and I find it to be visually striking. I've made this quite a few times until all my fruit was gone and I've enjoyed it every time. You can find the recipe in Angela's book or here.

When all my fruit was gone, I decided to try my hand at granola. I was looking for an oil free recipe and thankfully, I found that in Dreena Burton's Plant Powered Families. Although I left out some ingredients in her recipe, I've made the Almond Zen Granola more times than I can count. It's yum.

When my herbalist encouraged me to get back on fruit, I didn't hesitate. I added berries to my granola and soy milk. In the meantime, I also discovered that grape nuts are a totally McDougall compliant food and I stock up on that whenever I can, enjoying a bowl with berries and soy milk. 
What's with the muffins you ask? I'm dipping my toe into vegan baking and I like to have a batch of muffins on hand in the freezer for speedy breakfasts on lazy days or for days when I have no other options. Those are banana muffins adapted from Isa Does It. I made them with applesauce instead of oil and had to hold back from adding chocolate. I had been craving banana muffins for a long time so those really hit the spot!So there you have it, my evolving breakfast options. I'm glad I have a few go to recipes that I can rotate and depend on for a delicious and healthful start to my day.

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