Chia Pudding & Cherry Berry Bliss Smoothie Bowl

I love fresh fruit for breakfast, but sometimes depending on the time of year you just can’t get the good stuff like Cherries, Raspberries, Mangoes etc. So where the season fails me, the freezer section at the grocery store does not! I love buying frozen fruit, especially living in North Queensland where it’s always a thousand degrees hot, using frozen fruit is the best way to start the day on a cool note.

One of my favourite ways to prepare said fruit for breakfast is as a smoothie. They are quick to make and eat (which is great when you have to be at work early in the morning) and best of all they are filling. When I have more time I like to make a bit more of an effort and create smoothie bowls. This is one of my latest creations. Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂

Prep time – 5 mins + over night for the Chia pudding, Serves 1.

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Chia Pudding & Cherry Berry Bliss Smoothie Bowl

1/4 cup chia seeds

1/4 cup milk (almond milk, coconut milk, cow’s milk, the choice is yours)

1 tsp cinnamon sugar

1 handful frozen raspberries

1 handful frozen cherries

1 handful frozen diced mango

1 cold banana

  1. To make the chia pudding you will need to start the day before as the chia seeds take time to soak up the milk. In a glass place your chia seeds, milk and cinnamon sugar, mix well and leave in the fridge over night. The next morning you should have a thick pudding of chia seeds. Add more milk and stir if too thick.
  2. In a food processor or blender ( I used my old magic bullet) place banana, raspberries, cherries and mango and top with cold water. If you wish you may also at this point add some protein powder or other supplements. Blend until smooth.
  3. In a shallow bowl pour your smoothie and top with chia pudding. I also like to place a few additional fruits on top for some more interest and the fact that its delicious!
  4. Enjoy!

~A

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Pomelo Cupcakes

The nice thing about citrus fruits is that even when they have gone a bit soft and you wouldn’t eat them fresh out of their skin, they are still perfect for baking!

A few weekends ago one of my best friends gave me a few delicious home grown pomelos. I’d never had them before so I was pretty keen to give them a try and to find something yummy to add them into. So tonight after I had finished dinner and wanted something sweet I decided to try putting these citrusy delights to the cupcake test, and oh boy oh boy am I happy with how these turned out!

Pomelos are kinda like a grapefruit in flavour, not too sweet but also not too sour. If you wanted to you could substitute the pomelo in this recipe for your favourite fruit. The basic mixture is very versatile and would even taste great with chocolate chips thrown in. So don’t feel like you have to use pomelos, but if you have them I would recommend giving this one a try 🙂

Prep time – 10 mins, Cooking time – 20/25 mins, Makes 9

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Pomelo Cupcakes

2 cups plain flour

3tsp baking powder

1/4tsp salt

3/4 cup caster sugar

1 egg

3/4 cup milk

3tbs vegetable oil

2tsp vanilla essence

Juice of 1 pomelo

Plus 1 additional pomelo sliced for decoration

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C and prepare a muffin tray, set aside. In a large mixing bowl sift the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  2. Making a well in the centre of the flour mix, crack in the egg and add the milk, vanilla, oil and pomelo juice.
  3. Mix well until all ingredients are combined and there are no lumps.
  4. Into your prepared muffin tray spoon about 3 table spoons of batter and top with a slice of pomelo.
  5. Bake for 20-25mins or until a skewer comes out clean. If you find your fruit browning place a sheet of aluminium foil over the top while baking.
  6. When cooked through, remove cakes from the tray and set aside to cool.  If you like them warm, I suggest serving with a sprinkle of icing sugar and a scoop of vanilla ice cream 🙂
  7. Enjoy!

~A

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