Our caf? in Notting Hill is becoming famous for the a?ai bowls we serve. A?ai is one of the most nutritious fruits in the world. We blend ours with one of the Bodyism supplements to increase the protein content in each bowl and to make it even more delicious. Our a?ai supplier, Rayder, is an activist for preventing deforestation in the Amazon and a?ai is one of the only no-timber products to come from the rainforest. So, make sure you choose high-quality frozen a?ai (you can find it in health stores or online) and feel proud that you are helping to save the planet and looking after your body, too. If you don't have the Bodyism supplements, substitute them for a tablespoon of hemp seeds.
100g frozen a?ai pulp
half a frozen banana
1 scoop Bodyism Body Brilliance or Bodyism Protein Excellence
50ml almond milk
75g frozen mixed berries
For the toppings
2 tbsp almond butter
2 tbsp Simply Granola (see recipe below)
2 tbsp fresh berries
any other superfood you'd like: goji berries, hemp seeds, bee pollen, coconut flakes, chia seeds!
Put the a?ai, banana, Bodyism supplement and almond milk into a blender. Whizz it up until all the a?ai is mixed (if there are any unblended pieces left, then add more almond milk).
Spoon into bowls. Add the toppings equally into each bowl. Start with the almond butter, then granola and finally sprinkle with berries and any other superfood you want!
Top tip?Texture is everything. Aim for an ice-cream consistency, not a smoothie - it is an art!
Granola is often the ?Mean Girls? of breakfast. It's basically pretending to be your friend but actually it's making you fat. Store-bought granola is so often full of sugar in all its different forms - whether it's dates or brown-rice syrup - whatever it is, it will be hidden in there. This granola is genuinely healthy and can be eaten regularly with love and joy.
250g rolled oats
250g buckwheat flakes
50g buckwheat groats
30g pecans, chopped
30g cashews (or a nut of your choice), chopped
20g pumpkin seeds
15g sunflower seeds
2 tbsp linseeds
30g coconut flakes
4 tbsp coconut oil
2 tbsp ground cinnamon
3 tsp vanilla powder
1 tsp Himalayan pink salt
Preheat oven to 190?C/gas mark 5 and line 2 baking trays with parchment paper.
Put the oats, buckwheat flakes and groats, nuts, seeds and coconut into a big mixing bowl. Mix well.
In a saucepan, melt the coconut oil. Take the oil off the heat and add the cinnamon, vanilla and salt. Mix well.
Pour the oil mixture into the mixing bowl and stir well.
Spread the mixture evenly on the baking trays. Using a spatula, push the mixture firmly onto the tray. Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, using the spatula to turn the granola mixture over halfway through baking.
Leave to cool in the baking trays. Once at room temperature, pour the granola into an airtight container. Enjoy this with rice milk or coconut yoghurt for breakfast. Or sprinkle over your A?ai Bowl.
Top tip Remember, the granola will continue to cook once it's out of the oven, so don't let it burn!
Extracted from James Duigan's Blueprint for Health (Pavilion, approx €16.50).
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Text - James Duigan 2017