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London Vegan Brunch: Favourite Eateries in Notting Hill

Brunching is what the weekends are made for, are you with me? There’s nothing better than quality time with friends or family and a table of great food. I love to start the day off with a tasty and nutritious breakfast, and laughs with my favourite people. The London vegan brunch scene is growing with more and more amazing places to go, and I’m slowly trying them all out!

I tend to do a lot of brunchย dates around Notting Hill, as there are some great shops, restaurants and fitness/yoga studios too. Easy to have a nicely rounded Sunday ๐Ÿ™‚ I love to do an early morning gym class at one of the boutique gyms, following by a healthy delicious brunch with friends. There’s noย better way to start the day! So, to help share some of the gems with you,ย I’ve pulled together my favourite eateries inย Notting Hill, where you’ll find the best Instagram worthy vegan brunches!

Daylesford Organic Cafe

I’d recommend theย protein porridge which is really delicious, and will keep you going until lunchtime whilst still feeling light on your tummy. ย It’s walnuts, black quinoa, raw cacao, coconut, vegan cashew cream, dates and pistachios. Topped with sliced apple too. I chose the ‘b green’ juice, as it is all vegatables. I avoid fruit juice as it is very sugary and without the fibre, especially likely to cause a sugar spike. The green juice contains cucumber, spinach, lime, parsley, mint, aloe vera. I find aloe vera really helpsย my digestion, so like to have a little shot of it each morning. Pukka do great organic aloe vera juice – all the goodness!

 

Best Brunch in London : Daylesford

 

Farmacy

Now if you haven’t been to Pharmacy, it’s about time you gave it a try. It’s really different to many other ‘healthy’ restaurants, and has a gorgeous interior and is super stylish. ย The menu is incredible and I love it here so much I’ve written a whole post about it which you can read here. If you need any further convincing I have two words for you…vegan pancakes.

Farmacy's Buckwhat Pancakes

 

Bodyism

The Bodyism Cafe is on the super stylish Westbourne Grove, so a great spot if you fancy a mooch around Portobello Market post feed. It’s a smaller cafe, so you won’t find a full vegan breakfast on the menu. However, you can get a delicious nutritious smoothie bowl topped with nut and seed granola, coconut flakes and fresh fruit. A great option for a quick and tasty brunch.

It’s owned by the Australian duo behind Clean & Lean, James & Christine Duigan. They’re really inspiring, and I’ve been following them both for years now. They’ve built an inspiring wellness empire, there’s now a studio at the cafe too so you can also book in a class.

Best London Vegan Brunch - Bodyism

Granger & Co

Now, as far as a London vegan brunch goes, this place certainly delivers. Whilst it’s a less ‘healthy’ place for those purests out there, it does serve carnist options, there are a few great vegan options on the menu. ย There is a fair bit of hype about this place, so there is usually a bit of a queue. Be prepared, and turn up early for a more relaxing start to the day. Even though it’s busy, the staff are great and this doesn’t effect service. ย There is a great section on the menu called Fruit & Grains which has delicious vegan options such as coconut yoghurt, chia pudding, and white miso porridge with coconut milk.ย My favourite is the Acai Bowl, with banana, berries and vegan granola.

Vegan Brunch London - Granger & Co

Crussh

The best place to get fit food and a green juice on the go is definitely Crussh. However, the breakfast and brunching options are strong, and worth checking out too. ย The menu is super strong, and is regularly updated. You can get things like avocado bagel, banana and almond butter bagel, almond milk porridge, coconut and quinoa yoghurt and croats (yup.. carrot & sultana overnight oats – pretty relish actually!). I love the green juices too, and there are a tonne of awesome smoothie and juice options on the menu.

We love breakfast! The only struggle is picking a porridge topping…? ๐Ÿš #StartFit #Breakfast #FitFood #Healthy

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There are still a few of Notting Hill’s healthy eateries that I haven’t yet been to that are on my list to visit, so keep your eyes peeled as you’ll see these reviews up on the blog in a few weeks no doubt! The London vegan brunch scene is so on-point right now, and getting better every week. For now, I’m sure these lovelyย vegan hot spots will keep you busy.

Happy Brunching,

Ruth xx

Smoothie Bowl Recipe – Quick & Easy Breakfast

Now the weather is warming up here in the UK, I’ve started to add aย smoothie bowl recipe back into my weekend routine. It’s always easier getting up on the weekend when you have a delicious breakfast planned! This is a super easy recipe that only takes about 5 minutes to make. It’s healthy, filling andย full of antioxidants from the berries too.

This smoothie bowl recipe is easily adapted to suit what ingredients you have around. If you have a pear, fresh berries, pineapple etc then these will be just as delicious. Just be sure to have enough frozen fruit, at least half, so that the consistency is correct. As a breakfast, you’ll be enjoying a mixture of delicious vitamins, minerals, fats and fibre. If you have them handy, you can add extra goodness by addingย in a teaspoon of Maca, Lucuma, Cacao Powder or other superfood powder. I tend to had a sprinkle of each just for good measure, to add extra nutrients!
Smoothie Bowl Recipe

Getting creative with the toppings is the best bit. Try adding granola topping, seeds, chopped figs, toasted coconut flakes, or sliced apple. You can go as fancy or plain as you like – it will taste amazing whichever way you choose. Nuts and seeds add healthy fats and additional nutritional value, as well as more crunch!

My favourite thing is that it’s a pretty cheap breakfast, bananas and frozen berries are great value products that you can get in even the smaller supermarkets. I tend to make my own Oat Milk using a blender, which is a great money saver too. Read myย article on plant-based milks here.

I first got into smoothie bowls when I visited friends Bali, over there they even have smoothie bowl bars dedicated to these dreamy breakfasts! One of the more well known cafesย is called Nalu Bowls. If you’re ever over in Bali you definitely need to check them out.

I hope you enjoy the recipe,

Ruth x

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Smoothie Bowl Recipe - Berries & Banana
Here is a simple and quick smoothie bowl recipe thats great for a weekend treat!
Smoothie Bowl Recipe
Course Breakfast
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
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Course Breakfast
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
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Smoothie Bowl Recipe
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  1. Blend banana and berries until they are chopped into little pieces.
  2. Then add the powder and milk and blend again until you've reached the desired consistency. Ideally, your mixture will be thicker than a regular smoothie but thinner than ice-cream.
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Cacao and Maca Porridge Recipe: Winter Power Porridge

In winter I love a bowl of warming porridge (hello comfort food!) and there are loads of ways to add extra nutrients and flavour. ย Iโ€™ve been experimenting with different porridge variations and coming up with new recipes to make really delicious nourishing breakfasts. ย This Cacao and Maca Porridge recipe is so easy, and with all the added benefits itโ€™s a great meal to start the day with!

Maca is one of the famous โ€˜superfoodโ€™ elites, and with good reason too!ย  The Peruvian root powder is rich in vitamins thiamine (B1), Riboflavin (B2) and Vitamin B6, and also contains calcium, zinc, magnesium and iron.

Cacao has been an important food known for its invigorating properties for generations in Aztec society as well as in Mexican, Central and South American cultures.ย  Cacao is one of the richest sources of antioxidants found in nature, containing nutrients iron, potassium, zinc, copper and magnesium. Itโ€™s hard to believe something so tasty can be so good for you!

Even before we add these nutrient dense ingredients, the oats in porridge provide a great dose of nutrients themselves. Oats are a complex carbohydrate meaning their energy is slowly released throughout the day, keeping you full until lunchtime.ย  These little power grains also contain thiamin, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese and are a great source of fiber.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup Organic Oats

1 tbsp Maca Powder

2 ยฝ tbsp Cacao Powder

1 tsp Cinnamon

3 cups Almond Milk (or alternative plant milk)

1 Conference Pear

METHOD โ€“ Serves 2

Put oats, cacao, maca and cinnamon in a saucepan along with 2 ยฝ cups of almond milk.ย  Bring the mixture to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes.ย  Keep an eye on the consistency of the mixture and add the rest of the almond milk if necessary.

SERVING SUGGESTIONS

Top with half a sliced pear and small dollop of almond butter

Stir in grated orange zest and top with some orange segments

Add chopped banana with a spoonful of peanut butter

Top with apple slices and pumpkin seeds

Add Raspberries/Blueberries and cacao nibs

I hope you enjoy this delicious recipe as much as I do! It’s so easy and delicious, a great start to the day ๐Ÿ™‚ With all these serving suggestions, you can see there are loads of ways to boost the nutrient density of this meal. Get creative and power up your poridge!

Ruth x

Buckwheat Porridge Recipe – Winter Comfort Food

At this time of year porridge is unquestionably the Queen of breakfasts! ย In my world, breakfast is the best meal of the day. I love to experiment and create tasty recipes for my friends, so Iโ€™m trying some new flavours. It’s time to give bog standard porridge a bit of a makeover!ย  On a cold Sunday morning when youโ€™re craving a comforting breakfast, buckwheat porridge is a great alternative to oat-based porridge (and is arguably healthier and more nutritious).

Buckwheat is a gluten-free seed containing more fibre than oats. ย As a nutrient powerhouse, buckwheat contains higher levels of copper, zinc and potassium than other regular cereal grains. In addition, there are some wonderful benefits toย these nutrients. The magical nutrients in buckwheat support cardiovascular health, aid exercise recovery, boost the immune system, ensures strong bones and teeth, speeds wound-healing, and supports normal thyroid function.

With a naturally nutty flavour buckwheat porridge is tasty on its own, but comes alive with some warming spices and fruit.ย  You can add berries, chopped pear, grated apple, goji berries or even banana to jazz this up! I added some bakedย blueberries and blackcurrents from Urban Fruit for an antioxidant boost (and I’d ran out of sultanas!). You can also add a dollop of palm-oil free Pip and Nut almond butter if you’re feeling cheekyย ๐Ÿ˜‰

INGREDIENTS

  • 200g Buckwheat Groats
  • 450ml almond milk
  • 260ml water
  • ยฝ teaspoon cinnamon
  • Small handful of organic sulphur-free sultanas (or alternative dried fruit)
  • 4 chopped dates

ADD MORE NUTRIENTS BYย SERVING WITH…

  • Sprinkle of cacao nibs, chia seed or hemp seeds
  • Maple syrup
  • Chopped almonds (or nut of choice)
  • Dollop of almond yogurt
  • Chopped fruit
  • Drizzle of flax seed oil
  • Pomegranate seeds

METHOD – Serves 2

First of allย add the buckwheat groats, water, sultanas ย and cinnamon to a saucepan and bring to the boil.ย  Once starting to bubble, reduce the heat so you have a gentle simmer.ย  The groats will start to absorb the water, at which stage gradually stir in half the almond milk.

Cover the pan with a lid and wait for the groats to absorb more of the liquid.ย  Give the mixture a regular stir with a wooden spoon, and when most of the liquid is absorbed add the rest of the almond milk and stir in.

Before replacing the lid, stir in any berries or fruit that you want to mix in. ย If the groats are looking dry, add some more liquid. You want to be sure the groats have finished cooking so itโ€™s a good idea to do a taste test to check.ย  In total, the process should take 25 minutes.

Finally, once the buckwheat groats have finished cooking, serve the porridge into two bowls and decorate with your chosen toppings. Goldilocks eat your heart out!

Bon Apetit!

Ruth x