We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. When we're in a rush we don't always get the time to enjoy a decent healthy breakfast. Plus from time to time perhaps we run out of delicious ideas to get our tastebuds tingling ahead of a busy day.
Recently I was asked to give the new Alpro Big Pots a run for their money to celebrate Alpro's recent collaboration with London Fashion Week. Now I'm an Alpro fan anyway, I love their Almond Milk and use it regularly so I was happy to give the new yogurts a try and share my thoughts. Here today is a snippet of what I whipped up with the creamy delight that is the Alpro Big Pot Almond*.
I decided to try something a little different. Regular readers will probably have noted in previous recipes I've shared that I'm quite a fan of the grain quinoa, so it will come as no surprise that I picked out a recipe containing this ingredient! This is a variation of the Alpro recipe for Almond Crunchy Quinoa. I made a few alterations to include seasonal ingredients, including some juicy blackberries that I had sitting in my fridge just begging to be included.
ALMOND CRUNCHY QUINOA WITH APPLE, BLACKBERRY AND FIG
YOU WILL NEED: 65g uncooked quinoa, 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, pinch of sea salt, 1/2 tablespoon flaked almonds, 1 large apple cored and sliced (I used a crispy cox apple and it was the perfect companion!), 1 fresh fig sliced, handful fresh blackberries, 65g Alpro Simply Plain alternative to yogurt with Almond, 1 teaspoon clear honey.
1. Cook the quinoa as per instructions. Once ready remove from heat and stir in the cinnamon and sea salt.
2. Layer the quinoa, apple, fig and yogurt into mason jars or bowls until all ingredients are used.
3. Top with blackberries, drizzle over the honey then sprinkle over the flaked almonds. Serve and enjoy!
Now we don't all have time to be cooking quinoa first thing in the morning but this part can easily be completed the night before and left in the fridge once cooled. You can then layer this up and serve as a chilled and tasty breakfast in the morning. It would also make a healthy and very tasty dessert, served warm in the evening. Just make a little extra quinoa if you're having it as part of your main meal and set some aside for this recipe.
This was such a delightful pot of fresh and tasty ingredients that kept me going well into lunchtime. At first I wasn't sure about the smell of the warm quinoa and cinnamon but once it was all layered together it was divine! The creaminess of these big pot yogurts, along with the subtle flavour, makes for the perfect accompaniment to your favourite morning fruit and or cereal. It made this dish feel luxurious and extra tasty. A real treat but without any of the guilt - lovely!