Delicious Homemade Breakfast Ideas.

Breakfast time is one of my favorite meal times, and I am a firm believer in having a proper breakfast.

It is the first meal of the day, so why not make it special. Yes, I know we are all rushing out to go to work or school but even plain old cereal or oats do not take a lot time to assemble, can be prepared in advance and adding different toppings makes them more visually appealing, tastier and healthier if the toppings have added benefits. Toppings such as nuts, seeds, baobab powder and fruits, fresh or dried, add to both flavour, texture and nutrients that are essential to having a healthy body.

Traditional breakfasts were heavier and filling to provide the body with adequate fuel to farm or do labor intensive chores. They could be leftover dinner, steamed or roasted yams or porridge. These days, a cup of coffee or tea with a muffin is all some will take before heading to the office. Breakfasts these days also include more fry ups than steamed or boiled foods that people would eat in the past. I am no food purist, I believe there is room for what one wants to eat, as long as your meet your daily nutritional requirements.

In our household we like having cereals during the week, and a wider spread over the weekend when there is no rush. A small leisurely homemade brunch. The kids like their Weetabix and Hubs likes oats or muesli, or smoothies and I like oats or porridge. This is had with milk/ yoghurt. Toppings differ according to individual preferences (and moods) but our usual ones (not all at the same time though), are chia seeds, sesame seeds, black seed powder, hibiscus powder, cocoa powder, baobab powder, peanut butter, raisins, coconut flakes, sprinkles, fruits, and honey. Beverages are Coffee, tea, cocoa for the kids and fresh juice.

I sometimes soak the oats overnight, other times cook them on the stovetop and even in the microwave if pressed for time. They are an ideal weekday breakfast as they are filling but do not give one a feeling of heaviness and go so well with any accompaniment you choose.

Oatmeal porridge smothered with a nectarine, coconut and pineapple sauce, with a drizzle of honey and a pinch of nutmeg.
Oatmeal porridge made with milk, and served with sesame seeds, peanut butter and chia seeds.
Oatmeal with crushed pineapple, coconut flakes and nuts, garnished with chia seeds and honey.

Weekends are for breakfast potatoes, pancakes, sausages or bacon, potato hash, fresh juice, eggs and fruits.

Maizemeal, besan and wheat flour pancakes.
Fluffy American style pancakes with an orange chia butter sauce.
Simple Kenyan style pancakes with fruits on the side and a homemade blueberry compote on top.

Breakfast potatoes either pan fried or baked with onions, peppers, sausage and tomatoes are an ideal weekend brunch dish.

Pan fried hash of cassava, capsicum, tomatoes, onion, garlic and crumbled sausage.

Traditional foods can be had at any time too right?

Simple boiled maize, just needs some salt and pepper, or butter if you please.
Roasted sweet potatoes, baked beans and cheesy scrambled eggs are tasty and filling.
Steamed arrow root, spicy slices sausage and baked beans with a fresh vegetable salad is a another great option for a breakfast that is tasty, healthy and filling.
And I cannot forget that Kenyan breakfast staple, the Mandazi. A tasty beignet that goes well with tea, coffee or hot cocoa.

Here are a few more tasty breakfast recipes already shared on the blog:-

What do you like having for breakfast?

Sweet Potato and Apple Breakfast Casserole.

Weekends are for late breakfasts, and taking time to make and enjoy a filling meal to start and carry you through the day till dinner. This is an easy American style breakfast casserole that is healthy, tasty and quite satiating.

I really love sweet potatoes; boiled, fried, baked, grilled, stewed, in all its forms, and it is found in plenty here in Kampala, much to my happiness.

Fun fact: Sweet Potatoes are an ideal weaning meal too for little ones. Their natural sweetness is easier for the baby as it is as sweet as breast milk. So steam and mash it up well for your little ones. It is gentle on their digestive systems and rich in Vitamins A, C, full of betacarotene and has copper, manganese among other minerals important to your physical development. I weaned all my kids on this and I liked how easy it was to prepare and also quick for them to adapt to. Try it.

This breakfast casserole is quite loaded, making it tasty and filling. Let’s get started:-

Ingredients: 2 sweet potatoes, 3 apples, 2 tbsp oil, 1/ 2 tsp salt, 3 eggs, 1 cup coconut milk, butter, chia seeds, desiccated coconut, raisins and mixed nuts. Spices: pinch of nutmeg and 1 tbsp cinnamon.
Wash and grate your apples and strain all their juice. You can squeeze some lemon juice so they do not discolour.
Peel and clean then grate your sweet potatoes.
Heat your pan, add a bit of butter and the oil, cook the sweet potatoes till they turn golden brown and set aside to cool.

Preheat your oven to 200° Celsius and lightly grease your baking dish.

In a bowl, add the salt, spices, some chia seeds, the coconut milk, and the beaten eggs. Mix well.
Squeeze out all the juice from the apples and add to the egg mixture, then add the sweet potatoes and mix well.
Add the mixture to your baking dish and add the raisins, nut and coconut on top. You can use other toppings if you wish.

Bake in the oven for 20 minutes until the eggs are set and the dish begins to brown. It may be a bit longer or shorter depending on your oven too.

Once ready, let cool a bit then serve as you wish.

Slice as per your preferred size. You can have as is with a cup of ginger tea.
Or you can serve with a crunchy red cabbage and carrot slaw.
Or my fav, with some creamy avocado slices with a bit of hot sauce. Yum!

Quick notes: I did not add sugar as the sweet potatoes here are sweet enough plus the apples. Do not throw the strained apple juice, you can use it to soak overnight oats or drink it, please don’t waste it.

Weekend breakfasts don’t have to be heavy fry ups or just same ol’ pancakes, you can try this for a change. Right?

Smoothie Bowls!!

Smoothie bowls are nothing short of a perfect quick breakfast. Great after a workout or when you just want to try something different for your mornings.

They are however not the best to have on a daily basis if you’re watching your food calorie levels. Smoothie bowls are a great way to have your fruits differently and so easy to experiment with depending on what you have on hand with you.

Here are some of my favorite, quick and easy smoothie bowl recipes made using what’s easily available here.

Apple, banana, oats smoothie bowl. I used water as a base and sprinkled some cinnamon for added flavour.

You can use quick cook or rolled oats for this smoothie bowl. Apple and cinnamon go so well together and the banana adds creaminess. I do not add any sweetener as the fruits here are sweet enough. Also remember, blending fruits releases their natural sugar, that is why you cannot have too many of these. You can also use natural yoghurt as a base instead of water.

Avocado, banana, and frozen spinach makes this green smoothie bowl so creamy and green. I topped with chia seeds, baobab powder, desiccated coconut and banana slices.

I like topping with chia seeds as they are an excellent source of omega 3. yes! they are fats! Also provide fibre, iron and calcium. Baobab powder, what we call ‘mabuyu’ here, helps balance blood sugar levels, is high in vitamin C, Vitamin B6, iron and potassium just to name a few.

Avo, beetroot, banana smoothie bowl. Topped with chia seeds, sesame seeds, banana and some grated beetroot.

Beetroots are a great source of fibre, chockfull of antioxidants, and cannot only help in reducing blood pressure, but also improve blood flow. I love beetroots and use them a lot in various dishes. This smoothie bowl is also a great post workout refuel meal. Sesame seeds help reduce inflammation, support healthy bones, contain lots of fibre and great for heart health too.

Avocados are the good fats, so why not have them? Bananas and avocados are rich in potassium, which can help reduce your risk of heart disease.

Choco cinnamon, oats and banana smoothie bowl. I used some natural yoghurt as the base here. A tsp of cinnamon and a tbsp of dark cocoa will have you feeling like you’re indulging in a rich chocolate pudding. Yum!
Cocopine Smoothie bowl; contains chopped pineapple, some avocado, banana, frozen spinach and coconut milk as the base. Indulgent, tropical, fruity and so delicious topped with coconut flakes and dried pineapple! This is a must try!
Remember, you can use different fruits, vegetables, toppings and bases as you wish. These are some of my favourites in addition to some fresh ginger, which is great at reducing muscle soreness, lower blood sugar, great for indigestion and lower risks of infections too.

Smoothie bowls are so filling and delicious, they are definitely worth the fuss. But remember, they are sugar bombs, therefore not so great for daily consumption. Also when using green vegetables, be sure of the source to avoid nasty infections and as always, clean your vegetables and fruits well.