Friday, 29 July 2011

Breakfast For Two

One of the things I love the most about the school holidays is the relaxed mornings. No rushing to get everyone dressed, breakfasted and out the house. We can take our time. We can make 'special' breakfasts that we can all enjoy.

In the Easter holidays I posted about daughter and I enjoying Carrot Cake Smoothies For Two, and these summer holidays have already got off to a good breakfast start as well.

Yesterday we shared baked oats.

Coconut Baked Oats
(serves 1-2)
  • 50g oats
  • 160ml coconut cream
  • 1 medjool date, chopped
  • 10g coconut
  • few drops coconut extract (optional)
  • splash of milk if necessary
  • 1 chocolate Alpro pudding (as topping)
  1. Mix all the ingredients except the Alpro pudding and divide between 2 mini loaf tins (I put about two thirds of the mix in mine, a third in daughter's)
  2. Bake at 190C for 20 minutes.
  3. Allow to cool slightly before turning out onto plates.
  4. Top with a chocolate Alpro pudding, if desired. (This would of course also be great topped with coconut butter, melted chocolate, peanut butter etc!)
Before turning out:

Before topping:

And the finished product:

I loved how coconutty this was. Delicious. I think daughter agreed...

This morning we also had time to cook for breakfast. My Mum had stewed the plums I'd given her and loved them, so I decided to do the same with mine.

Mum's Stewed Plums
(serves 3-4)
  • 425g plums, stoned and halved
  • 115g brown sugar (roughly 25% of the weight of the stoned plums)
  • 2 tbsp honey (my idea of a tbsp may have been a bit larger than Mum's!!)
  • splash of water

Cook gently for 12-15 minutes until it looks something like this...

I served some of the plums on cinnamon raisin bagels with a blob of lemon yoghurt on top...

This was so delicious - the plums were sweet, but still with a slight tartness, yum!

Unfortunately daughter didn't agree...

but luckily baby was more than happy to eat her portion instead!

Ah well, you win some, you lose some!! Tomorrow daughter has requested that we make smoothies, and apparently as it's the "day of her party" I have to agree!! :-D

Did you get to choose special breakfasts when it was your birthday? I can't really remember what happened on mine - except that I was usually at school during exam period - but daughter is getting to choose breakfast tomorrow and has also, of course, chosen to have pasta bake on Monday - her actual birthday. I like getting her involved in choosing our meals anyway, so the fact that it's her birthday just makes it extra special in her eyes.
Right, off to decorate cakes!! I baked them last night and they turned out really well, so daughter and I are going to decorate them now whilst baby naps. I think lots of deep breaths are going to be needed on my part - I sometimes struggle with her helping me with baking as I want things to look how I imagine them...but they are her birthday cakes, so if she has fun helping to decorate them then (I guess!) that's more important than them looking perfect!! I'll show you photos of how they turn out tomorrow! :)


  1. Those baked oats look lovely- where do you get coconut extract from? I keep looking out for it as I am loving coconut right now!
    We never had special breakfasts, but my fave was in the winter- my Mum would make a big pot of porridge on the oven and I used to love watching it bubble, and then we got to eat it with a blob of golden syrup in the middle! I always tried to eat around it so my final mouthful was basically all the syrup! :)

  2. Aww your daughters face at the stewed plums is so cute! Love baked oats, I like mine chocolatty with protein powder added and alpro custard, yum!

  3. Your kids are so cute. I've never tried baked oats before but they sound so tasty. I have to tey them out some time.

  4. Haha, I love the contrasting expressions between the two breakfast variations. You're such a great Mum!

    I never had a special birthday breakfast but that's because I was obsessed with Weetabix with raisins and milk when I was a kid, and wouldn't eat much else for brekkie...apart from the occasional veggie bacon sandwich!


  5. I love the "yuck" face on your daughter with the stewed plums. Priceless! :)

    I can't wait to see the butterfly cake all finished. I'm a control-freak too, so I understand your desire to want to "help her out"... ha,ha. She'll love it no matter what it looks like, and all the more because she helped. :)


  6. I know what you mean with baking and lids, I never knew I was such a control freak until I started baking with the kids ... these days they get their own cakes to decorate - it's better that way ;-)


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