Breakfasts In Bed

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We know some healthy surprises your Valentine will love, so put on your chef’s hat because we’re going to show you how to craft seven delightful breakfasts in bed.

1. Classics with a twist:

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A heart-shaped mold will be your best friend during Valentine’s Week. This handy little tool will come to your rescue if your culinary skills are not up to the mark. Leave him/her a little truffle in a gift box and a little love note and you’re golden.

  • Keep pouring into the center of the cup until your dot is the size you want your heart to be.
  • Drag the milk stream through your dot to create the divot at the top of the heart.
  • Pour a thin stream to the other side of the heart to form the point at the bottom.

2. Coffee art

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If you make your Valentine their first cup of coffee every morning, try making a little foam art with these simple steps. You’ll sweep be sure to sweep your sweetheart of his/her feet.

  • Pour your espresso into a wide-mouthed cup and have a pitcher of hot, frothy milk ready to go.
  • We recommend “sinking” some of your milk below the coffee to create a solid foundation to work with. You can do this by pouring from about two-to-three inches above your cup in a thin, slow stream.
  • When the cup is 1/3rd full, rest the pitcher on the side of the cup and increase the amount of milk you’re pouring into the center. You should start to see a little dot in the middle of your latte now.
  • Make a well in the centre of the flour and break the eggs into it.
  • Whisk the eggs making sure any bits of flour from around the edge of the bowl are mixed in with the egg.
  • Gradually add small quantities of the milk, still whisking. Continue whisking until the batter is smooth, with the consistency of thin cream.
  • Melt the 50g of butter in a non-stick frying pan.
  • Spoon 2 tbsp of the melted butter into the batter and whisk it in.
  • Add about 2 tbsp of the batter mixture
  • Flip the pancake over with a pan slice or palette knife to cook the other side
  • Use a mold/sharp knife to shape your pancakes

3. Heart-shaped pancakes

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Say it with pancakes! All you need is a heart shaped mold to give them a personal touch. If you can’t get your hands on that mold, you can even cut out the shapes yourself.

  • Sift the flour and salt into a large mixing bowl with a sieve
  • Make a well in the centre of the flour and break the eggs into it.
  • Whisk the eggs making sure any bits of flour from around the edge of the bowl are mixed in with the egg.
  • Gradually add small quantities of the milk, still whisking. Continue whisking until the batter is smooth, with the consistency of thin cream.
  • Melt the 50gof butter in a non-stick frying pan.
  • Spoon 2 tbsp of the melted butter into the batter and whisk it in.
  • Add about 2 tbsp of the batter mixture
  • Flip the pancake over with a pan slice or palette knife to cook the other side
  • Use a mold/sharp knife to shape your pancakes

4. Eggs with toast on Avocado mayo :

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This breakfast in bed is as healthy as it gets! The luscious flavours and pretty presentation make it a winner.
For the avocado mayo:

  • Blend a pitted avocado with ½ cup of vinegar and the juice of 3 limes
  • For the egg:
    Fry an egg like you always would, place a metal bowl over the egg to cut out the white
  • Plating:
    Toast your bread and cut it into little hearts
  • Spread the mayo
  • Carefully place the eggs on the toast

5. Heart-shaped pancakes

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If your Valentine is super health-conscious, you may not want to throw him/her off their health routine with an indulgent breakfast. If this sounds like your situation, improvise with your cutlery. You can also slice your strawberries to make them look like little hearts and voilà!

6. Heart-shaped pancakes

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Imagine the smile on your Valentine’s face when you present them with this beauty! All you have to do is –

  • Grate a cup of pizza cheese on a pre-cut base, you can simply cut the base into the shape of your heart
  • Slather on some pizza sauce
  • Chop up veggies of your choice
  • Bake for 15-20 mins

7. His & her breakfasts

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If your lover loves cheese, use your handy mold to craft heart-shaped ‘his & her breakfasts’.

8. His & her breakfasts

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Ingredients

  • 2 T – 1/4 cup cocoa powder (more = richer taste)
  • 3 medium, overripe bananas (approximately 1 cup or so)
  • 1/2 cup smooth almond butter (can sub for any smooth nut butter)
  • 3 spoons GAIA Stevia
  • For the strawberry icing
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup Gaia Stevia
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  • Preheat the oven the 350 degrees, grease a small cake pan or loaf pan and set aside.
  • In a small microwave-safe bowl or stovetop, melt your nut butter.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add the banana, nut butter and cocoa powder and mix very well.
  • Pour the mixture into the greased pan and bake for around 20 minutes or until cooked through.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before slicing into pieces.
  • For the strawberry icing
  • Blend the ingredients

Use a mold to shape your brownies. To ice them, you can run a thin string through the centre of the cake and pipe on the icing.

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