When I was in my early teens I started learning about vegetarian food and healthy eating and I started making myself fresh banana milkshakes for breakfast each morning from a recipe found in a teen magazine (I think it may have been Mizz or Seventeen).
That recipe included honey for sweetness, an egg (presumably for protein), and obviously diary milk, plus bran for fibre. A number of years later I discovered that in the US this sort of thing was called a smoothie and they could contain loads of goodies. Of course smoothies are a staple of vegan food blogs now, especially smoothies full of highly nutrient dense foods like berries and greens.
Meanwhile I still regularly revert to my old breakfast of fresh banana milkshake, it now contains flax instead of egg, plant milk instead of skimmed cows milk and oat bran instead of wheat bran.
Needless to say, bananas in the UK, are incredibly cheap to buy and make a great easy start to the day. Most supermarkets stock their own low cost brand version of UHT soya milk, and although not always initially inexpensive to buy, a bag of flax seed kept in the fridge goes a long way; in fact depending on the brand, it can work out cheaper to use than the eggs it’s often used as a substitute for in various recipes.
Breakfast Banana Milkshake
- 1 x banana
- 350ml plain unsweetened soya milk
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tbsp ground flaxseed
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tbsp oat bran
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Chop banana.
- Put all ingredients into a blender and blend till smooth.