It doesn’t get much better than peanut butter for breakfast, does it? I used to hate peanut butter, but now I eat it most days and can’t understand how I ever didn’t like it. How cliche is that for a fitness blogger? As tasty as it is, peanut butter is definitely a bit of a trend these days. I mean you can literally buy any kind of merchandise expressing your love for it. But hey, at least it’s a fairly healthy trend. I say fairly, because obviously an entire bowl of the stuff would be a terrible idea, but a little tablespoon here and there is absolutely fine. In fact, a good peanut butter is actually a great source of healthy fat. I say ‘good’ in the sense that it’s not packed full of nasties, i.e no palm oil, unsaturated fats and natural ingredients. Not sure what to look for? Try Meridians or Pip and Nut, they’ll change your life! I can’t walk into Holland & Barrett without buying a jar or two these days.
So, if I’m not throwing peanut butter into a smoothie, or on top of my porridge, then it’s going straight into my granola bowl. A peanut butter granola bowl doesn’t sound healthy at all, does it? Well the good news is it can be, if you do it right! Picking a good granola is key, because if you choose one that’s packed with sugar, you may as well be eating a Krispy Kreme doughnut. What I’d do for one of those right now. While this meal is still quite high in sugar, it contains a good source of protein, healthy fat and fibre – plus a lot of the sugars are natural from the fruit. Just go easy on the sweet toppings!
30g low sugar granola (I use Lizzi’s)
150g Greek yoghurt
1 small chopped banana
A handful of blueberries
A sprinkling of chia seeds
1tbsp peanut butter
A drizzle of honey or pure maple syrup
1 Scoop the yoghurt into the bowl, leaving room on one side
2 Fill half the gap with your chosen fruit, and the other half with the granola
3 Scoop a dollop of peanut butter right into the middle
4 Sprinkle your chia seeds across the banana (or anywhere really, but it’s prettier on a banana)
5 Finish by drizzling a bit of the honey or maple syrup for that extra sweet kick
6 Enjoy – with or without a side of coffee!
I crave this granola bowl so often that I sometimes even downsize the portion and eat it for dessert! Mixing up the fruits is good too, especially as more come into season in summer. Let me know if you decide to make it for yourself, and if you don’t already, you can follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!