Tuesday 18 June 2019

Five no-fuss and no-bake healthy breakfasts

Freya Drohan

What would the modern, health conscious Goldilocks eat as her first meal of the day?

Dave and Steve Flynn, the well known twin brothers who run the Happy Pear brand, advocate a whole and plant-based diet, and are on a mission to "make fruit and veg sexy".

After traveling the world and having their eyes opened to a more natural diet and lifestyle, the brothers returned home to their native Greystones to take over the village vegetable shop, intent on sharing their love for feel-good, wholesome food.

Fast forward ten years, they have expanded to two cafes, an online shop, a book and a ‘Happy Heart’ course to teach the importance of health and well being.


Inspired by their ethos and the old adage that breakfast is the most important part of the day, we have selected five of our favourite breakfast options from their new cookbook “The Happy Pear: Recipes and Stories from the first ten years”

1. ‘Perfect Porridge’ (serves one person)

One of the most nutritious brekkies on the planet is porridge.

For the “perfect” bowl, the brothers advocate:

1 mug of porridge oats

1 mug of rice milk

1 mug of water

Combine all ingredients in a pan and stir together, on low heat for 10-15 mins (5 mins on high will suffice if you’re in a hurry)

Top your bowl of hearty goodness with nutritious toppings such as berries, banana, raisins, seeds or nuts.


2. Omega 3 Liquid Brain Food Smoothie (makes 800ml)

Great for brain functioning and energy:

2 tablespoons flax seeds

1 tablespoon cocoa nibs

1 tablespoon cocoa powder

3 tablespoons walnuts

1 tablespoon goji berries

½ teaspoon spirulina

6 dried apricots or pitted dates

600 ml apple or carrot juice

Blend and enjoy

3. Green Monster Juice (makes 750ml)

The Flynn brother’s rule of thumb: The greener the juice, the healthier it is!

1 cucumber

1 head of celery

Handful spinach, kale or green cabbage

2 apples

juice of 1 lime

Juice and enjoy


4. Fruit Compote

A sweet addition to granola, pancakes or porridge:

600g frozen berries

Any available ripe fruit/rhubard, chopped up small

Dash of water or apple juice

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

4 tablespoons agave syrup or honey

Place berries, chopped fruit and juice in a pot and put on high heat. Bring to the boil and then reduce to a simmer. Add cinnamon and honey/agave and leave to simmer for 15-20 minutes.

5. Chocolate Protein Smoothie (makes 600ml)

A creamy, chocolatey and nutty blend - great for after training:

350ml apple juice

½ teaspoon spirulina/hemp/pea protein powder

½ teaspoon cocoa powder

2 tablespoons raw cashew or other nuts

1 tablespoon goji berries

1 ½ tablespoons linseeds/flax seeds

1 banana

150 ml rice/almond/oat milk

1 tablespoon cocoa nibs

Blend and enjoy

For more delicious and healthy breakfasts, soups, mains, salads and treats, pick up your copy of the book.

The Happy Pear: Recipes and Stories from the first ten years, €19.99, is out now.


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