The changing of the season means out with the old and in with the new. While that may mean injecting some colour and light into your home’s décor, it also means swapping warming, heavy meals for lighter, healthier options. In this post we’ve put together a list of some of the most delectable, easy breakfast recipes to get your summer days started off on the right foot. Nutritious and delicious, these recipes cover the sweet and the savoury, the super quick and the slightly longer, the very healthy, and the very slightly naughty – so take your pick.

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While summer is a season of change IN the kitchen, it can also be a season of change TO the kitchen. Warmer, longer days are the perfect time to make changes to your home and get the modern kitchen you’ve always wanted. If you’re toying with the idea of a redesign, book a free design consultation at your nearest Optiplan showroom now, and we’ll be able to help you make your vision a reality.

But first, here are our favourite summer breakfast recipes:

Strawberry & Banana Overnight Oats

Overnight oats are the perfect summer breakfast – incredibly easy to prepare, nutritious, filling, and deliciously tasty. They are also very versatile, and can be adapted to include any fruits/toppings you fancy.

They are also a real time saver, as they need to soak overnight for the oats to soften, they can be prepared the night before in under 5 minutes. Simply make your base and pop in the fridge to grab and go in the morning for a quick and nutritious breakfast.

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Ingredients

1 banana

1 cup almond/coconut milk

¾ cup Greek yoghurt

1 cup rolled oats

1 TBSP chia seeds

2 TBSP peanut/almond butter

10 mixed berries (they can be frozen)

 

 Instructions

  1. Mash the banana. Add to the milk and yoghurt.
  2. Stir in the oats, chia seeds, and berries. Cover and store in the fridge for a few hours or overnight.
  3. Serve with a handful of mixed seeds, some freshly chopped banana/strawberry and an additional tablespoon of nut butter.

 

Healthy Egg Muffins

These egg muffins are delicious and very easy to make. You can use whatever veggies you have in the fridge, so adapt the recipe as you like.

Rich in protein, they can be made in a big batch and frozen for future use.

 

Ingredients (makes 12 muffins)

5 eggs

Spinach

Tomatoes

Onion

Bell Peppers

Broccoli

Mushrooms

Bacon/chorizo

Parmesan/cheddar/feta cheese

 

Instructions

  1. Grease your muffin tine and preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.
  2. Beat eggs in a bowl.
  3. Chop up your choice of veggies/protein and add to muffins tins. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Pour the beaten egg into each cup until the liquid almost reaches the top.
  5. Sprinkle with cheese.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes or until set.

 

Honey Lime Quinoa Fruit Salad

You can’t get a more summery, light breakfast that a fresh fruit salad. Just plain fruit on its own, however, doesn’t often feel filling enough to last you until lunch, and adding some protein and healthy fat can go a long way in bulking out your meal while still keeping it light and healthy. In one of our favourite recipes from the Recipe Critic, added quinoa and a delicious honey lime dressing provides the extra nutrients you need.

 

Ingredients

1 cup uncooked quinoa (whichever kind you prefer – tricolour looks very pretty)

1 banana

1 cup strawberries (sliced)

1 cup blueberries

½ a mango

Glaze – 1 TBS honey, 2 TBS lime

 

 Instructions

  1. Rinse and cook the quinoa as instructed on the packet.
  2. Combine the chopped fruit and cooled quinoa.
  3. Mix the glaze ingredients in a mug and pour over.
  4. Serve with a dollop of Greek yoghurt and some chopped nuts/mixed seeds for crunch.

 

Avo, Salmon & Poached Egg on Toast

The perfect weekend brunch dish that’s easy to make (and won’t cost you £12 a plate!), this breakfast is packed with healthy fats and protein…Not to mention it is delicious.

 

Ingredients

1 slice of bread (sourdough works well)

1 egg

1 small avocado

Chili flakes

1 lime

¼ red onion

4 cherry tomatoes

Salt & pepper

2 strips smoked salmon

 

Instructions

  1. Make your smashed avocado by combining the mashed avocado, finely chopped red onion & tomatoes, lime juice, a sprinkle of chili flakes, and plenty of salt and pepper. Put to the side.
  2. Bring your pot of water to a simmer. Crack an egg into a cup and pour it into the water. Poach for 2-4 minutes depending on how hard you like your eggs.
  3. While the egg poaches, toast your bread. Cover with the avo smash and smoked salmon.
  4. Once the egg is cooked, drain and place on top of the salmon. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve hot.

 

American Style Pancakes

These light, fluffy pancakes from Madeleine Shaw may taste decadent, but they are actually quite healthy. Easy to make, they’re perfect for a weekend brunch.

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Ingredients

250g flour

2 tablespoons of coconut sugar (use normal sugar if you don’t have coconut)

2 TSP baking powder

1 TSP cinnamon

1 egg

200ml almond milk

1 TSP vanilla extract

3 TBSP of melted coconut oil

Butter/coconut oil for cooking

Toppings – berries, toasted coconut, sliced banana, honey, maple syrup, bacon

 

Instructions

  1. Mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and a pinch of salt together in a bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl mix the egg, milk, oil and vanilla essence.
  3. Mix the two together.
  4. Heat the butter in a pan, and cook pancakes for 2-3 minutes on either side or until cooked.
  5. Stack the pancakes and add the toppings. For a sweet stack, we suggest shaved toasted coconut, mixed berried, sliced banana and a squeeze of honey. If you’re feeling something more savoury, top with crispy bacon and maple syrup.

 

There you have it, enjoy!

The changing of the season means out with the old and in with the new. While that may mean injecting some colour and light into your home’s décor, it also means swapping warming, heavy meals for lighter, healthier options. In this post we’ve put together a list of some of the most delectable, easy breakfast recipes to get your summer days started off on the right foot. Nutritious and delicious, these recipes cover the sweet and the savoury, the super quick and the slightly longer, the very healthy, and the very slightly naughty – so take your pick.

pexels-photo-473646

While summer is a season of change IN the kitchen, it can also be a season of change TO the kitchen. Warmer, longer days are the perfect time to make changes to your home and get the modern kitchen you’ve always wanted. If you’re toying with the idea of a redesign, book a free design consultation at your nearest Optiplan showroom now, and we’ll be able to help you make your vision a reality.

But first, here are our favourite summer breakfast recipes:

Strawberry & Banana Overnight Oats

Overnight oats are the perfect summer breakfast – incredibly easy to prepare, nutritious, filling, and deliciously tasty. They are also very versatile, and can be adapted to include any fruits/toppings you fancy.

They are also a real time saver, as they need to soak overnight for the oats to soften, they can be prepared the night before in under 5 minutes. Simply make your base and pop in the fridge to grab and go in the morning for a quick and nutritious breakfast.

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Ingredients

1 banana

1 cup almond/coconut milk

¾ cup Greek yoghurt

1 cup rolled oats

1 TBSP chia seeds

2 TBSP peanut/almond butter

10 mixed berries (they can be frozen)

 

 Instructions

  1. Mash the banana. Add to the milk and yoghurt.
  2. Stir in the oats, chia seeds, and berries. Cover and store in the fridge for a few hours or overnight.
  3. Serve with a handful of mixed seeds, some freshly chopped banana/strawberry and an additional tablespoon of nut butter.

 

Healthy Egg Muffins

These egg muffins are delicious and very easy to make. You can use whatever veggies you have in the fridge, so adapt the recipe as you like.

Rich in protein, they can be made in a big batch and frozen for future use.

 

Ingredients (makes 12 muffins)

5 eggs

Spinach

Tomatoes

Onion

Bell Peppers

Broccoli

Mushrooms

Bacon/chorizo

Parmesan/cheddar/feta cheese

 

Instructions

  1. Grease your muffin tine and preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.
  2. Beat eggs in a bowl.
  3. Chop up your choice of veggies/protein and add to muffins tins. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Pour the beaten egg into each cup until the liquid almost reaches the top.
  5. Sprinkle with cheese.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes or until set.

 

Honey Lime Quinoa Fruit Salad

You can’t get a more summery, light breakfast that a fresh fruit salad. Just plain fruit on its own, however, doesn’t often feel filling enough to last you until lunch, and adding some protein and healthy fat can go a long way in bulking out your meal while still keeping it light and healthy. In one of our favourite recipes from the Recipe Critic, added quinoa and a delicious honey lime dressing provides the extra nutrients you need.

 

Ingredients

1 cup uncooked quinoa (whichever kind you prefer – tricolour looks very pretty)

1 banana

1 cup strawberries (sliced)

1 cup blueberries

½ a mango

Glaze – 1 TBS honey, 2 TBS lime

 

 Instructions

  1. Rinse and cook the quinoa as instructed on the packet.
  2. Combine the chopped fruit and cooled quinoa.
  3. Mix the glaze ingredients in a mug and pour over.
  4. Serve with a dollop of Greek yoghurt and some chopped nuts/mixed seeds for crunch.

 

Avo, Salmon & Poached Egg on Toast

The perfect weekend brunch dish that’s easy to make (and won’t cost you £12 a plate!), this breakfast is packed with healthy fats and protein…Not to mention it is delicious.

 

Ingredients

1 slice of bread (sourdough works well)

1 egg

1 small avocado

Chili flakes

1 lime

¼ red onion

4 cherry tomatoes

Salt & pepper

2 strips smoked salmon

 

Instructions

  1. Make your smashed avocado by combining the mashed avocado, finely chopped red onion & tomatoes, lime juice, a sprinkle of chili flakes, and plenty of salt and pepper. Put to the side.
  2. Bring your pot of water to a simmer. Crack an egg into a cup and pour it into the water. Poach for 2-4 minutes depending on how hard you like your eggs.
  3. While the egg poaches, toast your bread. Cover with the avo smash and smoked salmon.
  4. Once the egg is cooked, drain and place on top of the salmon. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve hot.

 

American Style Pancakes

These light, fluffy pancakes from Madeleine Shaw may taste decadent, but they are actually quite healthy. Easy to make, they’re perfect for a weekend brunch.

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Ingredients

250g flour

2 tablespoons of coconut sugar (use normal sugar if you don’t have coconut)

2 TSP baking powder

1 TSP cinnamon

1 egg

200ml almond milk

1 TSP vanilla extract

3 TBSP of melted coconut oil

Butter/coconut oil for cooking

Toppings – berries, toasted coconut, sliced banana, honey, maple syrup, bacon

 

Instructions

  1. Mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and a pinch of salt together in a bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl mix the egg, milk, oil and vanilla essence.
  3. Mix the two together.
  4. Heat the butter in a pan, and cook pancakes for 2-3 minutes on either side or until cooked.
  5. Stack the pancakes and add the toppings. For a sweet stack, we suggest shaved toasted coconut, mixed berried, sliced banana and a squeeze of honey. If you’re feeling something more savoury, top with crispy bacon and maple syrup.

 

There you have it, enjoy!