Winter Warmers: Cosy Food for Frosty Mornings

Winter Warmers: Cosy Food for Frosty Mornings
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Winter Warmers: Cosy Food for Frosty Mornings

As the mercury drops and those early mornings get duller and chillier, we can all end up in need of a little pick me up. When you've hit the snooze button a few too many times and the thought of de-icing your car and battling through the wintery weather is enough to leave you yearning for the warmth of your bed, the last thing you want to be tucking into is an ice cold bowl of cereal. So, on that note we at Tower HQ are here to share a few of our favourite winter warmers that offer the perfect way to add a little cosiness to those frosty mornings, warming you up from the inside out and getting you ready for the day!  Best of all, a lot of these can be prepared in advance making them perfect for those pressed for time in their morning routine. Apple Honey Muffins Apple and Honey Breakfast Muffins Full of sweet apples and warming cinnamon, these easy to make muffins are a great way to enjoy breakfast on the go! Makes: 12 Time: 30 minutes Ingredients 250g plain flour 225g sugar 3/4 tsp baking soda 3/4 tsp baking powder Pinch salt 1 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp cloves Pinch of cardamom 2 large eggs 80ml vegetable oil 125ml honey 1 large apple, chopped Preparation
  • Preheat oven to 180°c, and line a muffin tin with paper muffin cases- we may be biased but our Tower Granitex 6 Cup Muffin Tin would be perfect, just bake the muffins in batches for the perfect result!
  • In a mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, combine eggs, oil and honey. Add the dry ingredients and use a wooden spoon to fold the mixture together.
  • Fold in the chopped apple and then evenly distribute the mixture between the paper cases.
  • Bake in the oven for around 20 minutes or until the muffins are golden brown – the muffins will be fully cooked when a metal skewer inserted into them comes out clean.
  • To enjoy for breakfast, simply warm through in the microwave for 30 seconds and serve with a dollop of greek yoghurt.
Egg Muffins Veggie Egg Muffins Ultra-portable, packed with goodness and sure to keep you going until at least lunchtime, these veg packed egg muffins are the perfect morning pick-me-up! Makes: 6 Time: 20 minutes Ingredients 1 red pepper (diced) 3 spring onions (chopped) 5 cherry tomatoes (chopped) Handful of baby spinach (roughly chopped) 6 eggs Pinch of salt Preparation
  • Preheat your oven to 200°C.
  • Add the chopped vegetables into a large mixing bowl, then add the eggs, salt and whisk to combine.
  • Grease a 6 cup muffin tin using a small amount of butter and some kitchen paper.
  • Equally distribute the egg mixture between the muffin tin cups.
  • Place the tray into the oven for 15-18 minutes. The muffins will be cooked when the tops are firm to the touch.
  • In the morning, place an egg muffin onto a microwavable plate and cook for around 2 minutes or until piping hot through.
Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Slow Cooker Apple & Cinnamon Oats Spicy, warming and full of slow release energy to set you up for the day, the ingredients for this delicious breakfast can be put in the slow cooker the night before for a fuss-free winter breakfast that will be ready and waiting when you wake up!   Serves: 4 Time: 8 hours 125g oatmeal 1 teaspoon coconut oil 1 apple (peeled, cored, and diced) 1 tablespoon brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon Pinch of salt 500ml almond milk 250ml cups water Preparation
  • Turn your slow cooker onto a low setting, then add a teaspoon of coconut oil into your slow cooker and allow to melt. A multi-cooker like the Tower 5L Multi-Cooker works just as well, there's even a dedicated porridge setting!
  • Add the diced apple and then sprinkle generously with the cinnamon, salt and brown sugar. Add the oatmeal on top.
  • Pour in the almond milk and water then cover and cook for 8 hours - overnight is perfect!
  • When you’re ready to eat, give the oats a good stir, and serve in a bowl with a drizzle of maple syrup and a sprinkle of raisins. Alternatively, pop some in a mason jar and enjoy on your way to work!
Chocolate Porridge Hot Chocolate Porridge Perfect for those with a sweet tooth, but without being packed full of sugar, this base for this warming chocolate treat can be made in advance, giving you an easy 3 minute breakfast that's perfect for banishing the chill.  Makes: 12 servings Time: 5 mins Ingredients 400 g porridge oats 200 g toasted hazelnuts 200 g Medjool dates (stones removed) 3 heaped tbsp cocoa powder 2 teaspoons vanilla extract Zest of 1 orange Preparation
  • Into a food processor like the Tower 2-in-1 Food Processor and Blender, add the oats, toasted hazelnuts, dates, cocoa powder, vanilla extract and orange zest and blend until you have a fine powder.
  • Dispense this mixture into an airtight container (it will keep for up to 2 weeks).
  • To make the hot porridge, simply add 65g of the chocolate mixture into a saucepan with 200ml of coconut water.
  • Heat gently, stirring continuously for around 3 minutes until you have the desired consistency. If it’s a little thick, simply add a touch more coconut water.
  • Top with half a sliced banana and enjoy!
Those are our favourite breakfast ideas that are sure to warm up even the iciest of November mornings. If you give any of these a go or have any warming breakfast ideas of your own, share them with us on our Facebook or Twitter pages!
8 November 2016
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