If you read my blog post about the Homemade Peanut Butter Lavender Granola, you know how much I love oatmeal for breakfast. And as winter rolls around, I’m especially fond of something warm and soothing in the morning. This year, though, it somehow didn’t satisfy me the way it used to anymore. So I whipped up this crazy yummy warm winter fruit bowl!Jump to Recipe
Somehow every time I had a bowl of oatmeal, I would feel nauseous in my stomach. I’m used to my gut behaving strangely (it’s really stress sensitive), but my stomach? That’s quite unusual.
On one morning that week, I met my two friends for breakfast. One of them had just gotten back from a retreat, and told us about new eating habits she learned, such as to eat fruit seperately from everything else. I’ve heard this many times before. But since I’m just coming off my healthy eating and following-every-wellness-food-trend-out-there addiction, I hadn’t given it much more thought.
She kept on explaining to us, that especially during winter, a warm fruit mash would be a great breakfast option. At first, I was skeptical and kind of dismissed this idea. But somehow it stuck. With my stomach still acting up, I thought I’d try it to see if it would help. I suddenly had a strong appetite for warm apple and plum sauce with cinnamon. Yum!
Thus, I began experimenting. I started with a frozen berry mix and added some more frozen rasperries. Then I added half an apple and a quarter pear to the mix. Depending on my mood, and to also get protein, I would add vegan protein powder, peanut butter, flaxseeds, or roasted pumpkin seeds. And, of course, cinnamon. To save some time, I heated everything in the microwave until the frozen berries turned into a sauce, and the apple and pear have become mushy.
Besides being utterly delicious, I feel totally energized afterwards. Something I had been missing from my bowl of oatmeal lately. I also stopped drinking coffee in the morning. Not because it’s unhealthy, but because I wasn’t really feeling it. I don’t think I will give it up for good, though, but for now it’s what my body needs.
In the end, eating healthy is not about following some strict diet plan but to listen to what your body needs and acting accordingly. Tuning into this fine voice is not easy, and definitely takes some practice, but it’s so rewarding in the end.
Ok, an now onto the good stuff! Here is the recipe for my super comforting warm winter fruit bowl.
Warm Winter Fruit Bowl
- 1/3 cup frozen raspberries
- 1/3 cup frozen berries mix
- splash of milk of your choice (I used coconut milk)
- 1/2 an apple
- 1/4 pear
- 1/2 a banana
- 1 tsp peanut butter
- 1 tbsp protein powder
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- optional flax seeds and nuts
- Put the frozen raspberries and berries mixture into a small bowl. Add the splash of milk.
- Cut the apple and pear into cubes and add to the frozen berry mix.
- Add peanut butter and cinnamon.
- Heat in the microwave for 2-4 minutes or until the frozen berries have turned into a sauce-like consistency, and the apple and pear have become very soft (almost mushy).
- Top with half a banana, protein powder and optional flaxseeds or nuts.
Let me know how much you enjoy this warm winter fruit bowl by leaving a comment below, or tagging me on Instagram @madeleinestanev
I’m looking forward to your creations!