Blueberry crumble lactose-free vegan breakfast


You’ll love this lactose-free vegan breakfast

I don’t mind admitting that when it comes to food, I love taking other people’s ideas and tweaking them to come up with my own take on what they’ve done, depending on what ingredients I can get my hands on. This vegan, lactose-free breakfast was inspired by an Instagram post from my good friend and health coach Yasmina Cherquaoui.

As a kid, I always loved a crumble desert, cutting through layers of custard, crumble pastry and tangy fruit for a taste sensation and this breakfast reminds me of that. (Having said that, you could also serve this as desert!)

I first tried Yaz’s take on this and started tweaking it for myself last year when I did a low-carb regime ahead of a 24-hour ultramarathon. I’d been used to having porridge or homemade muesli breakfasts for so long, removing carbs left me bereft of ideas until this came along.

What’s more, as it uses soy yoghurt and almond milk, it’s not only low-carb but also ideal for vegans and those with a lactose intolerance.

It’s also packed with antioxidants thanks to blueberries, chia seeds, bee pollen (an incredible natural wonder every larder should have) and goji berries.

And at 225 calories a serving, great for anyone watching the pounds.

It’s also simple to make, 5 minutes at most … and that’s waiting for the chia seeds to soak.

50ml  Alpro almond milk (or similar)
1 tbsp chia seeds
100-150g Alpro unsweetened soya yoghurt (substitute low-fat Greek for a dairy version)
1.5 tbsp flax seed
5-10 goji berries
50g frozen blueberries
1tsp bee pollen

Soak the chia seeds in the almond milk for 5-10 minutes. Chia seeds expand and become gelatinous in liquid so stir every minute so they don’t clump together. It will look like tapioca pudding or, if you’re being unkind, frogspawn when ready.

Defrost the blueberries for a minute in the microwave or under a warm tap.

Layer the dish in the following order:
Almond milk/chia mix
Flax seed
Goji berries
Bee pollen

Tuck in with a spoon. Laura likes to mix it all up together, I prefer the layered effect, taking a little bit of each at a time. You get flavour from the yoghurt, sweetness and a little warmth from the blueberries, a chew from the Goji and crunch/crumble from the flax. Our kids love it too…

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