This chai-spieced almond meal breakfast bowl combines almond meal and flax seeds with ginger, cardamon, cinnamon and cloves and served with plain Greek yogurt and topped with pistachios, nectarine and a bit of chocolate
I talk to my friends and family and they’re always in constant awe that I manage to eat such exciting foods on a regular basis and assume that routine and boring never enter my kitchen. Well, that would be an erroneous assumption. Most of the time the things you see here I make once, no matter how much I may love them the first time I make them. Not because I didn’t love them, but just because there are too many other dishes out there waiting to be loved too.
The truth is that a lot of what I eat is standardized: Yogurt bowl for breakfast, salad for lunch and then whatever interesting concoction I cook up for the week for dinner. It’s a lot of boring, but admittedly a lot less than it was four years ago. I can’t remember the last time I made myself an omelet for dinner and given my diet pre-blog that, my friends, is progress.
Breakfast is the one area in which I fall into a rut. Not a rut per se, since that implies distaste, and while I eat the same thing for breakfast every single weekday (and sometimes on the weekend), I never tire of it, and genuinely look forward to eating breakfast every morning.
I go in waves, often times changing with the seasons. I’m pretty sure I ate the cannoli granola every day last winter, with and without ricotta, but in an effort to eat more PCOS friendly, I’ve swapped my granola for a sort of almond meal concoction, this Chai-Spiced Almond Meal Breakfast Bowl. My inspiration for this came from an almond meal porridge suggested by a Facebook group, adapted for the season and my tastes. Chai in this instance: almond meal is mixed with flax for good health and spices for good taste: cinnamon, cloves, ginger and cardamom. That, mixed with plain Greek yogurt, some extra whole nuts for crunch and seasonal fruit for sweetness and color (and maybe a few chocolate chips because old habits die hard and I must stay true to myself) is a hearty breakfast that will charge you up through the morning.
Today’s recipe uses nectarines and pistachios, but other favorite combos are:
Blueberry and almonds
Strawberries and pecans
Peaches and walnuts
Raspberries and almonds
Mix it up and have fun because breakfast can be the most fun meal of the day (even when it’s healthy).
- 2 cups almond meal
- 1/2 cup flax seeds
- 1 TB cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1 nectarine, diced
- 2 TB toasted pistachios
- 10 chocolate chips
- 1 tsp honey (optional)
- Make the almond meal mix: In an airtight canister, add the almond meal, flax, spices and salt. Put the lid on it, give it a good shake until well mixed. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
- To make the breakfast bowl, add the yogurt and top with 3 TB of the almond meal mixture. Top with fruit, nuts and chocolate chips and give it all a good stir. Enjoy!
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