broiled bananas with honey and yogurt + a strawberry-blueberry smoothie

I take breakfast very seriously.  See…without a good breakfast, I feel tired, unfocused and cranky, which is a dangerous combination when you have to work all day.  So I’m always sure to plan out my breakfasts for the week a few days before.  And of course, I try to keep it as healthy yet delicious as possible.

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m obsessed with Sophie Dahl’s cookbook, so it was only a matter of time before I started trying out her recipes, particularly in the breakfast category.

*The following recipes have been adjusted to fit my own tastes and measurements.

Broiled Bananas with Yogurt and Honey (serves 1-2)
1 ripe to overripe banana
1-2 tablespoons of honey, plus more for tasting
Plain yogurt
Cinnamon, to taste (optional)


Preheat broiler.
Peel banana and slice lengthwise.
Drizzle honey over the banana slices and place in broiler.
Remove after a few minutes (when the bananas are browned and sizzling).
Place over yogurt. 
Drizzle more honey and sprinkle a bit of cinnamon.

Obviously, this isn’t the most beautiful-looking breakfast, but it tastes like a dessert which is a nice little pick-me-up in the a.m. And it can double up as light snack.

The strawberry-blueberry smoothie, however is not light.  It’s thick and creamy–exactly how I like it.

Strawberry-Blueberry Smoothie (serves 1)
5-7 large strawberries or 8-10 small strawberries
Handful of blueberries
5-6 tablespoons of plain yogurt
Few splashes of orange juice
1-2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
1 teaspoon of raw sugar
2-4 cubes of ice

Place all ingredients in blender and puree until completely blended.  You can add more orange juice to thin it out or yogurt to thicken it up.

Having an icy fruit smoothie on a warm and humid morning really cools down the insides (sounds so weird but feels so good).  Maybe I’m looking to much into it, but it really sets the tone for a good day.

But I’ve tired these options already.  And I need some new breakfast suggestions (this is the part where you come in).  I like sweet and I like savory.  Nutritious and easy are biggies for me.  Any ideas?

-jillian m.

25 responses to “broiled bananas with honey and yogurt + a strawberry-blueberry smoothie”

  1. Ana Degenaar says:

    That is insane, I need that, I want that. I'm a coffee breakfast person. I need that!

  2. Monica {bohemian twilight} says:

    thanks! i've got some bananas to finish off before we fly out, so will have this tomorrow for breakfast. yum!

  3. jillian m. says:

    Let me know how it comes out!

  4. Rita ♥ says:

    This looks delicious! Lovely blog by the way, i´m your newest follower! :)

  5. Pink Ronnie says:

    I love smoothies and yours looks amazing. I wish I could make broiled banana like that but with bananas costing something like $13/kg here in Australia, I'm saving them all for my little boys!
    Loved this post.
    Ronnie xo

  6. sherri lynn says:

    This looks SO good! I need to switch up my breakfasts a little :)

  7. ChinkyGirLMeL says:

    omg! to die for!

  8. Anna says:

    I eat the most boring breakfasts… (mainly because I eat at my office and can't really do much). This looks sooo delicious! And now I want a smoothie!! I wish I could do breakfast at home… I guess there's always the weekends!

  9. Ruby Girl says:

    oh my goodness! so drooling over these recipes. will be trying them asap!! <3 EverRubyGirl.blogspot.com

  10. jillian m. says:

    Anna – I eat the office too! But what I do is I make my breakfast either that morning or the night before (depending on what it is) and bring it in with me. Also, I have a toaster and microwave at work so I can always prepare some toast or re-heat coffee when I need to. It definitely beats spending money on breakfast everyday. Give it a try!

  11. Claire says:

    yum. I keep thinking i should get a blender, it may encourage me to eat more fruit!

  12. Felicia says:

    That smoothie looks like it hits the spot perfectly!

  13. Aquí says:

    Looks soo good! I love banana desserts! I think yogurt is great thing to pair with it too!

  14. la petite coquine says:

    YUM-these recipes look so delicious! John is going to go crazy for those broiled bananas!

  15. linnea paulina says:

    That banana creation looks soooo amazing… and what do you know?! I have all of the ingredients for it in my fridge/pantry at the moment! Perfect! My go to breakfast lately : plain yogurt, raw oats, honey, flaxseed oil, & blueberries + green tea. I love breakfast!

  16. rebecca says:

    you always have the most creative recipe finds, lady!

  17. Bad Joan says:

    That smoothie looks delicious! Yum!

    http://www.badjoan.blogspot.com

  18. hearttypat says:

    if only I can have parma ham every morning! Usually, a cuppa coffee is good enough for me!

  19. Ivette *daintiness says:

    That looks like a delicious breakfast. I never ever liked breakfast until college, when I truly learned the importance of it. Now I eat breakfast food for lunch and sometimes dinner, I don't know… Just lazy + it's super easy to fix up! Your breakfast definitely looks healthier than mine and I gotta try it soon!

  20. Steffys Pros and Cons says:

    this looks absolutely delicious!!

    <3 steffy
    Steffys Pros and Cons

  21. TheMadTwins says:

    that looks so delicious 😀

  22. hellotampon says:

    mmm… I'd like to try the banana one with nutella instead of honey!

    I wake up at the last possible minute and scarf down a greek yogurt and a coffee in the break room when I get to work, but when I worked second shift I used to make scrambled polenta with black beans, tomatoes, scallions, etc. It was super easy and cheap.

  23. Michelle {lovely little things} says:

    I've never thought to broil bananas but that looks great!

  24. Michelle {lovely little things} says:

    I've never thought to broil bananas but that looks great!

  25. Cafe.Coffee.Latte says:

    Oh that look so delish! Thanks for sharing the recipe! I'm going to try this!

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