So today I’ve taken up the challenge to come up with a breakfast idea using Vita Coco – a coconut milk alternative which is great for those with dairy intolerances and tastes delicious, too.
Of course, while I was pondering it I came up with two ideas, so decided to share them both with you. One is a more healthy option – a satisfying ginger porridge. Or you could treat yourselves with my tasty cardamom pancakes.
I had the idea of using spices in my breakfast dishes as their health benefits are widely accepted and they add a tasty element of surprise – the perfect way to wake up your taste buds. Plus coconut and spices are wonderful partners.
Ginger porridge with pistachios, raspberries and honey
This ginger porridge has a real zing and ginger’s anti-inflammatory effects can help with muscle pain and soreness, it’s great for treating nausea and is even thought to help lower blood sugar. The pistachios add a nice crunch and the sharpness of the raspberries works wonderfully with the sweetness of the honey. A great way to start your day.
80g Quaker oats
500ml Vita Coco coconut milk alternative
1 tsp ground ginger
A handful of shelled pistachios
About 2 tbsps runny honey
Pour the milk into a pan and add the ground ginger. Heat to a low simmer and add the oats. Stir until thick and creamy.
Split the porridge between two bowls and top with the pistachios, raspberries and honey.
Add a dash more of Vita Coco if you like your porridge a bit runnier.
Spicy pancakes with cardamom and vanilla
Pancakes always seem like a real breakfast treat. These are spiced up and sweetened with the addition of cardamom and vanilla. I love the taste of cardamom and it’s said to help with digestive problems as well as being a good detoxifier. Ayurvedic medicine swears by the tea as a means of fighting depression. And it’s really delicious in pancakes!
140g self raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp caster sugar
1 tsp ground cardamom
130ml Vita Coco coconut milk alternative
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 large egg, beaten
2 tbsp melted butter or olive oil
Mix the flour, baking powder, caster sugar and cardamom together in a bowl.
Mix together the milk, vanilla, egg and butter.
Pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture and beat with a fork until you have a smooth batter.
Heat a non-stick frying pan over medium and add a knob of butter. When it’s melted, add a small ladle of the batter. Wait until it begins to bubble, turn and cook until golden brown.
Continue until you’ve used all your batter.
Serve with blueberries.
This recipe is an entry into the Dairy Free Style Your Breakfast challenge with Vita Coco and Foodies100. See more great breakfast ideas at http://vitacoco.com/uk/