As part of the Alpro #Deskfest challenge to make healthy breakfasts I came up with this fab recipe for crepes using Alpro Soya Milk. They are lighter than American Style breakfast pancakes, and instead of dressing them with sugar and lemon juice, I have used Pomegranate and Orange Juice which is far healthier for you and tastes delicious.
- 100g plain flour, sifted
-200ml Alpro Soya Milk
-A pinch of salt
-the juice of 2 oranges
-the seeds of 1 pomegranate
-a little butter to cook the crepes in
Whisk the eggs, salt, flour and soya milk together
Combine the juice of the oranges and the pomegranate seeds in a bowl
A handy tip – cut the pomegranates in half and hit the skin side hard with a wooden spoon, and the seeds will come out easily leaving the pith behind
In a very hot lightly buttered crepe (or frying) pan, spoon in the crepe mixture and tip the pan side to side to make the crepe into a thin circle
After about 1 minute flip or use a spatula to turn the crepe over – it should be lightly golden brown on each side
Serve with the Orange and Pomegranate Dressing and enjoy. Add a little agave nectar if you want to make them sweeter.
I have been sent an amazing package of goodies by Alpro, including a range of their delicious soya milk products, a brilliant blender made by Waring, a tiffin set and a lovely lip gloss. They are encouraging people to eat healthy breakfasts which are inexpensive and can be enjoyed on the go. We all want to kick off the new year with a healthy diet and get in shape after the indulgent holiday period. Here are some delicious smoothie recipes which will keep you going and energise you in the morning.
1. THE MOCHA BANANA MIX-UP
This is yummy and tastes like a milkshake or creamy iced dessert. Bananas are packed with potassium and are great for slow release energy. The coffee adds a kick and the chocolate makes it taste extra yummy.
By using frozen bananas, you do not need ice which prevents the mixture being watered down and keeps it nice and thick
1 frozen banana (peel and chop bananas and put them in freezer bags in advance so they are always ready to use)
2 tsp espresso powder
2 tsp hot chocolate powder or fresh cocoa nibs which is full of antioxidents
250mls of Alpro Soya Milk
Combine the ingredients and serve
Place in a thermal container if you want to enjoy it later in the day
2. BANANA OATBRAN AND AGAVE THICKIE
Oatbran is a great source of fibre and helps fight against cholesterol, diabetes and certain types of cancer.
Agave nectar has a lower GI and fewer calories than honey, and is my favourite natural sweetner
1 banana (frozen, or use a normal banana and add some ice)
250mls Alpro soya milk
Combine ingredients in a blender and serve immediately.
If it is too thick, add a little more Soya milk
3. BERRY BLAST
This smoothie is packed with anti oxidants, fibre and vitamin C
150g Waitrose frozen mixed berries
100ml Alpro Soya milk
100ml apple juice
1/2 a banana
Combine ingredients and serve. If it is too thick, add a little more juice
I have had so much fun making these biscuits! They smell delicious and look so pretty hanging off the tree. I have also put some aside to give as presents. Make a batch or two today, and I am sure you will feel as festive as I do now :-).
You have two options -
I went to Jamie Oliver’s Recipease shop in Notting Hill gate and bought my ‘Enchanted Forest’ Biscuit Cutters, and also a pot of ’Mummy Yummies Gingerbread Biscuit Mix’. All you need to do is add an egg and some butter to the pre prepared ingredients and follow their instructions.
I also made one batch from scratch so here is the recipe if you would like to do the same -
- 100g softened butter
-100g caster sugar
-275g plain flour
-1tsp powdered ginger
- cinnamon to dust over the biscuits before the go in the oven
To decorate -
be creative and chose what you want to make your biscuits as Christmassy as possible, here are some suggestions
- 1 bar 70% Lindt Dark Chocolate, melted
- Edible glitter/ Sprinkles/ Silver cake decorating balls
- 200g icing sugar, made into a paste with some water, then add a few drops of the food colouring of your choice
- ribbon to hang them off the tree
pre heat the oven to 150*
In a food processor, cream the butter and sugar, then add the egg and the other ingredients.
Knead the ball of dough out on a floured surface
Roll it out with a floured rolling pin to about 1cm thick and cut out your Enchanted Forest cookie shapes
Using a skewer, make a hole in each one for the ribbon so you can hang it on the tree when they are ready
On a prepared baking tray, cook the biscuits for 10-15 minutes
Prepare your decorations – melt the chocolate and allow to cool before using
Allow the biscuits to cool before decorating