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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Recipe: Strawberry Shortcake Breakfast Bake


Just before my birthday, back in August, I decided that I needed to make myself a special birthday breakfast. In years gone by, birthday breakfasts had included baked banana oatmeal with peanut butter "frosting" and a candle on top and banana breakfast cheesecakes - but this year, as I'd just discovered I could eat strawberries again, I knew it had to be something strawberry heavy... 

So I put my thinking cap on....


Strawberry Shortcake! I shouted out to Jesse one morning - only to get the reply of "Have you ever had Strawberry Shortcake? You wouldn't eat that for breakfast baby". 

Pfffttt! When did I ever limit breakfast options?! That was it, I was on a mission to create a strawberry shortcake that was so healthy I could eat it for breakfast - and I did! 


Whilst I don't know if you could call it a traditional Strawberry Shortcake, it's the perfect healthy breakfast alternative. With a thick, fluffy and light Ricotta Breakfast Bake base, coconut whipped cream and fresh juicy strawberries, you really can't go wrong!

It really is like eating cake for breakfast and it is the perfect way to start your day.

But let me give you the recipe!


Strawberry Shortcake Breakfast Bake
breakfast bake recipe makes 4 servings which can be frozen/made in advance
low fat, gluten free, no added sugar/refined sugar free, clean eating friendly

Ricotta Breakfast Bake:
1 2/3 cups (200g) gluten free plain flour *see below for flour options
3 tsp baking soda
Pinch of salt
1 cup (240g) reduced fat ricotta cheese**
1/2 cup (120g) unsweetened applesauce 
1 tbsp vanilla extract 
Optional: If you like your breakfasts on the sweeter side, add 1-3 tbsp honey or maple syrup. We usually leave this out and add the sweetness in our toppings!

To Top: 
A handful of fresh strawberries, washed and sliced how you like
A generous dollop of coconut whipped cream (here's how to make it - you can leave out the sugar if preferred)/regular whipped cream or cream cheese mixed with a dash of maple syrup (what we use when we don't have any coconut whipped cream!)

Method: 
Note, we usually make a big batch of these breakfast bakes in advance then slice and freeze for a quick but delicious breakfast option. To defrost, simply place them in the fridge to defrost overnight or defrost them in the microwave.
  • Preheat your oven to 180C/350F
  • Grease and/or line an 8x8" square baking tin. 
  • Mix together all of your ingredients, mixing until all ingredients are smooth and combined. If needed, add in enough milk/water to form a thick muffin like batter (we find it depends on the ricotta but you may need to add 1/4-1/2 cup of liquid or none at all). 
  • Pour your breakfast bake mixture into your prepared tin and bake for 40 minutes to an hour, or until a skewer inserted into the middle of your bake removes clean.
  • Allow to cool before slicing and serving.
  • The breakfast bakes will keep fresh in the fridge for 3-4 days or can be frozen for months. 
  • To serve, top with a dollop of whipped cream/cream cheese and add your strawberries!
Notes:
*Whilst you can simply use just gluten free plain flour, we usually like to use a mix of 1 cup gluten free plain/self raising flour (either works, gluten free baked goods can always use a little extra rise!) and 2/3 cup buckwheat or brown rice flour. The SR/Buckwheat Flour mix is our favourite. 
**I don't recommend using fat free ricotta in this recipe, however, you can use full fat ricotta.

But tell me, what's one dessert/indulgent recipe you wish you could eat for breakfast? or simply wish was healthier?
I'm always inspired by indulgent favourites - that's how we came up with our Breakfast Cheesecakes, Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Baked Oatmeal and Better than IHOP Pancakes Recipes!

6 comments:

  1. I've already mastered the "dessert" breakfast with my mug cakes! Haha!

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  2. Interesting! You're making me crave summertime again with those strawberries. They just aren't the same in the wintertime here...haha. But this cake sounds delicious. I wish I could have pie for breakfast every morning--a sweet apple or blueberry pie. :)

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  3. Oh don't worry, we've been craving pumpkin because Jesse's family have been talking about pumpkin filled goodies - and all winter long we drool over strawberries and summer fruits they're eating, haha


    Mmmm, pie for breakfast sounds like a good idea!

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  4. Ooh you know I've been waiting for this Kristy! You are good to us :-)

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  5. Yay! I hope you love it as much as we do! xx

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