Breakfast gets a healthy grilling13

Posted on July 6, 2009 by ChristieBreakfast, Gluten Free, Vegetarian

[Grilled apricots with yoghurt and walnuts]

Rise and shine it’s breakfast time!

I’m a big fan of simple and nutritious breakfasts. If you eat a healthy breakfast then you’re more likely to continue making healthy choices for the rest of the day. Well that’s true for me anyway.

I’m what people call ‘a morning person’ – read: super perky to the point of annoyance. Actually, that’s me most of the time, but especially at sunrise.

So preparing a breakfast dish that takes a bit of time is fine with me but I realise for most people that’s not an option. They’d rather roll over and sleep some more and settle for a takeaway coffee and a sweet pastry or bacon ‘n egg McMuffin (please don’t do it!).

This breakfast is a happy medium. You can heat the fruit under the grill (broiler) while you’re rubbing sleep from your eyes and turning the kettle on. But when you’re arranging it prettily on the plate you feel like you’ve done so much more.

If it’s hot where you are then why not slap these babies onto the BBQ? They’ll get a delicious caramel crust and you can enjoy the great outdoors before you head off to work.

Don’t hit the snooze button tomorrow – jump out of bed and start the day with gusto!

Love your grill, Christie x

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Grilled apricots with yoghurt and walnuts recipe

serves 4

This can also be made very successfully with ripe peaches, nectarines or plums. Just allow a longer cooking time for larger fruit. The walnuts can be substituted with hazelnuts or almonds.

Dessert variation: Sprinkle with a little amaretto liqueur and serve with whipped cream or ice-cream. Delicious!

(Convert measurements here)

8 ripe apricots, sliced in half and stone removed
2 teaspoons demerara or brown sugar, or more to taste
10-20 walnuts, chopped
4 big spoons Greek-style yoghurt

1. Place the apricots, cut side up, onto a baking tray and sprinkle evenly with sugar.

2. Put the tray under a hot grill (broiler) and cook until the sugar caramelises, the edges are brown and the fruit is softened and warmed through (5-7 minutes).

3. Arrange the fruit on serving plates allowing each person 4 halves. Sprinkle with walnuts, dollop with a spoonful of yoghurt and serve.

Looking for more breakfast options?

Mango and basil breakfast parfait (GF, V)
Blood orange w/ ricotta, brazil nuts and honey (GF, V)
Mushroom and bacon open face omelette (GF)

  • This may just be enough to get me out of bed and have a nice brekky at home before work instead of the usual weet-bix and banana at my desk.

    Would it be really bad to include a good splash of amaretto for a kick start to the morning ;)

  • I could get out of bed for this every morning!

  • wow…what a great, fresh, summer idea!

  • zoe

    I love love love this breakfast. Im not a morning person at all, but maybe on the weekends I can whip this up!

  • Love the pic – so pretty! Ahh, the snooze button is my best friend! But this looks easy enough!

  • What a wonderful combination of healthy and tasty! It’s nice to have a change from cereal too. Think of us poor souls enduring winter though – I’m very jealous that you’re eating stone fruit.

  • Me too. I do something similar with figs and bananas but I must try apricots. A lovely combination Christie!

  • Apricots! Brilliant!!
    Oh, I’m so ready to have this for breakfast, thank you thank you thank you for the recipe!
    I love grilled stone fruits but never think about apricots as an option. I learn something everyday from you!

  • This would get me up in the morning although I’m not what you’d call a morning person! We have so much in common but this! ;)

  • Oooh, you guys love apricots too! Cool :)

    @Melissa – Definitely! See my dessert variation in the recipe notes.
    @Peter G – Glad to hear it!
    @Rebecca – I’m loving this year-round Summer.
    @Zoe – Yes! Try it on the weekend.
    @Betty – There’s always the weekend ;)
    @Arwen – I know, sorry! Maybe you can have tinned ones on porridge for now.
    @Syrie – Figs would be wonderful. Great idea!
    @Diane – You are so sweet! And I could say the same about you and your gorgeous blog :)
    @Lorraine – Finally, a point of difference! Hehe.

  • Wow this looks fantastic! I love it when you grill fruits as I find the flavours come out so much stronger and with walnuts and greek yoghurt, you got me licking my lips….as they are staple parts of my breakfast every day!

  • What a lovely breakfast Christie, which could also double-up as dessert. In your picture the apricots just look meltingly delicious.

  • @Trish – Absolutely, I love the intensity it gives the fruit.
    @Kathryn – Yes it’s lovely as a dessert too! And so easy to prepare while you’re eating the main course. Those apricots really were the freshest I’ve had in a long time.

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