Creamy banana porridge | Exploring the #dairyfree path

Creamy banana porridge

As previously posted, I hate food waste.  Last week, I was able to use bananas for some top-notch banana loaf.  Due to my overexcitement at the thought of fresh banana bread, I bought more than necessary, only to be left with mushy bananas for breakfast.  The solution? Embrace the bruised and mushy bananas in porridge.

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Chocolate + cardamom porridge

As it is Fairtrade Fortnight until 8 March, I plan to support the cause by posting a couple of recipes which uses Fairtrade products.  Buying Fairtrade goods not only ensures the producers get fair wages and good working conditions, communities are also benefactors, with many schools and small businesses profiting from our everyday food and product choices.

Chocolate + cardamom porridge

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Banana + coconut pancakes w/ a maple-berry syrup

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As January comes to a close, the month of February unites everybody in the form of pancakes.  As I am not a major Valentine’s Day fan for the extreme commercialism it exudes, stuffed animals with a gigantic love heart emblazoned on it are not the fluffy things that bring me happiness this month.

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Lucky Fox, SHEFFIELD

Lucky Fox, Sheffield (Julia Gone Rogue)

Amidst the independent array of shops, boutiques and bars in Division Street comes a fairly new establishment, boasting a highly-varied all-day breakfast menu.  Lucky Fox steers clear of the plat du jour gourmet burger craze and instead, introduces Sheffield to a diner-esque menu, filled with pancakes and waffles paired with fried, savoury delights, as well as the traditional fruit toppings.

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Carrot cake porridge

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Having vowed to maintain my healthy-eating habits during the bluest month of the year, I am trying to spice up my breakfast game by trying to use oats in varied and exciting ways – hoping that the health kick will be sustained and I can banish those mid-day slumps.  Doing some careful research, I happened upon a lot of ‘baked’ oatmeal recipes… with everyone trying to trick themselves that they are having cakes for breakfast.

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Coconut, almond + cherry baked oatmeal

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Exam season is well and truly upon us, involving very early days at the library.  Quite dull, yes.  Getting up when it’s dark is not at all ideal, but some warm breakfast and a cup of Earl Grey tends to make the experience a little less daunting.

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