Apologies I know its been an eternity since the first blog but clinic ha been absolutely manic and this is the first chance I have had to get online and post a blog but fortunately its a little bit special! and guess what there will be another blog before the week is out as well Yipeee!!!
So as you know we have a bit of a culinary genius involved with Southwest Sports Therapy our ever so talented Jo Lewellyn aka Greenbikini on instagram (deffo worth a follow) has whizzed up an amazing breakfast for us, I am for one deffo making this delight.
Toasted Chocolate Granola
I'm currently preparing for my second bikini competition, which means carbohydrates andany sugary foods are limited to around my training times in the mornings. This is basically in order to get my body used to burning my fat stores rather than utilising carbohydrates as fuel. Once a week I get to exchange one of my meals for a high carbohydrate low fat meal of my choice (sometimes known as a refeed). I usually choose a dinner option as my refeed, but this week I was really craving something sweet - so I decided to make a sweet granola for breakfast. This dish was inspired by my recent trip to Australia.
While I was on holiday in Queensland I was lucky enough to sample plenty of locally sourced and beautiful natural products including a delicious acai bowl with chocolate panna cotta. Whilst I can't promise a view of the beautiful Noosa heads coastline (or the warm sunny weather to match), I managed to create a similar (albeit healthier) version to share with you.
To save time I bought some ready made berry and orange granola from marks and spencers and added to it but you can easily make your own granola if you have time in the mornings.
Take 100g of granola (home made or shop bought).
Mix together half a teaspoon of Fairtrade cocoa powder and some runny honey. You can microwave the honey for a few seconds to make it runnier if needed. Spread the granola out onto a baking tray and mix the honey chocolate sauce into it. Sprinkle over a pinch of cinnamon.
Bake at 180 degrees for about 10 mins, keep an eye on it - don't let it burn. This smells absolutely amazing while cooking!
Remove from oven to cool.
I sprinkled over another half teaspoon of cocoa powder - but taste first and go easy as its quite a rich strong chocolate taste.
In a bowl, mix 2 dessert spoonfuls of natural yoghurt with a scoop of protein powder (I used reflex nutrition's strawberries and cream flavour 😍 )
And in a separate bowl mix 1 dessert spoonful of natural yoghurt with a teaspoon of runny honey and half a teaspoon of coca powder to serve as a healthy high protein chocolate panna cotta alternative.
Transfer your granola to a bowl and add fresh raspberries, blueberries and cherries.
Dollop spoonfuls of the strawberry mixture around the bowl between the fruits, and then fill the gaps with dollops of your chocolate mixture. I garnished mine with some lavender flowers, - after all, food that looks pretty always tastes better !
Makes enough for a hungry person, I served mine with a toasted buttered gluten free hot x bun, and a nespresso ciocattino black coffee - just to max out on the dark chocolate flavours with a hit of caffeine! Enjoy 😋