Summer has felt like a pretty long one this time around in Dubai, and if I’m honest a pretty lazy one as well. I'm feeling more than ready to welcome the colder season, and with it more earthy, heart-warming inspired meals too.
By now you'll know breakfast is one of my favourite parts of the day, and I don't know if it's because of the ensuing change in season, but lately I haven't really been feeling my smoothie bowls as much. Instead I've been enjoying basing my breakfasts around the humble piece of toasted bread - from a simple strawberry jam on warm farm bread, to zaatar fried eggs with a buttered wholemeal slice, and lately this banana-peanut butter-chocolate style combo.
Of course, I'm always looking to see how I can make my breakfast more nutritious and filling, without labouring over something that takes too much effort. For a long time, one of my favourite ways to eat toast, is with a slather of peanut butter, topped with banana slices and drizzled with a little honey, and so recently I changed it up a notch. To make it a little fun I've added a sprinkle of cacao nibs and homemade granola, and replaced the drizzle of honey with a healthy chocolate sauce made by simply mixing together a little coconut oil with raw cacao powder. You simply can't beat a peanut butter and chocolate style combo, and this good-for-you toast version for breakfast doesn't disappoint either. The coconut oil based chocolate sauce lends a lovely hint of nuttiness but if you aren't a fan you can replace the oil with a few drops of water to mix with the cacao powder instead. All in all, it's so so easy to put together, and can be made with any type of bread you have on hand. If you're looking to try something other than your usual jam/egg on toast then this is the ultimate in a comforting bread-based breakfast that's almost dessert like, and yet made with good, honest ingredients.
Peanut Butter, Cacao, Banana and Granola Toast with healthy 'Chocolate Sauce'
One slice of bread of your choice (I used a wholemeal slice here)
Peanut butter, smooth and preferably organic
Half a medium banana, sliced
Raw cacao nibs
Granola of your choice (homemade is best)
Half tsp raw cacao powder
Half tsp coconut oil, high quality
1. Toast the slice of bread in a toaster to your liking. Meanwhile mix together the cacao powder and coconut oil in a small bowl until the powder has dissolved to form a runny sauce.
2. Spread toast with a layer of peanut butter, and carefully arrange banana slices on top.
3. Sprinkle over some raw cacao nibs and granola.
4. Using a teaspoon drizzle the 'chocolate sauce' over.
5. Slice toast in half if preferred and enjoy!