Joanna Anastasia


Easy and healthy breakfast ideas

While my hubby was raised on store-bought cereals, I try to teach my kids that there are other easy and healthy breakfast ideas out there. You can call it the-breakfast-wars! That’s why I’m always experimenting with new recipes, hoping that I might change my hubby’s mind and he’ll finally ditch that sugary cereal for good!

So recently I’m all about breakfast smoothie bowls and overnight puddings, and here are my three recent favorites. They’re all easy, fast and delicious, with an option of preparing them in the evening and having breakfast ready once you’re up!

These puddings are so easy to make and so satisfying !

Oatmeal chia pudding:
(single serving)

1 tablespoon oats
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1/2 cup milk (regular/soya/almond)

These chia oatmeal maple puddinngs are so easy to make, and really delicious! #easybreakfast

Just mix a tablespoon of oats, with a tablespoon of chia seeds and 1/2 cup milk/soya milk/ almond milk; whatever you prefer. Stir! Add a bit of maple syrup and leave in the fridge for 15 minutes or overnight.

this smoothie bowl is so easy and really delicious!  #healthybreakfast

Smoothie bowl:
(single serving)

1/2 cup apple souse
1 banana
1/2 cup natural Greek yoghurt
1/2 cup blueberries
Blueberries, dried fruits and seeds.

Easy and healthy breakfast ideas

In a blender (or using a hand mixer) combine together apple souse, ripe banana, yogurt and blueberries. Serve right away, sprinkled with some more blueberries and seeds.

easy, healthy and so yummy, these peanut butter chia and banana breakfast puddings are my family favorite! #easybreakfast #healthybreakfast

Peanut butter and banana chia pudding:
(4 portions)

1 1/2 cup milk ( regular/almond/soya)
5 teaspoons chia seeds
1 tablespoon natural smooth peanut butter
1 ripe banana
(optional a drop of chocolate souse)

these peanut butter chia banana chocolate puddings are so easy to prepare and so delicious!  #easybreakfast

Using a hand mixer or a blender combine together milk, banana and peanut butter, once well mixed add chia seeds. Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes, or leave it overnight. Serve it as they are, or add a drop of chocolate souse (I won’t judge you).

I hope that your family will enjoy these recipes as much as mine did!

Oatmeal chocolate chip banana bread

Banana bread bars

I was craving a chocolate banana bread for weeks,and these oatmeal chocolate chip banana bread bars are a perfect dessert/snack/treat for the colder days! They are filling, comforting and easy to make. You could freeze them, add to your school lunches, or simply serve as a dessert with a cup of milk.

Since I never really baked with oats, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Will it became gooey or crunchy? Well, a bit crunchy is the right answer, and so much more satisfying too! Also, oats are considered as one of the super foods, and their health benefits are really astonishing! So I think that these bars count almost as healthy snack!

Banana bread

And thanks to this recipe I finally managed to convince my older daughter to eat bananas! She used to love them as a baby and a toddler, but for last couple of month, as soon as there would be a little-tiny–mini-almost-invisible brown spot, she wouldn’t eat it. Up to the point, when she would just say that she doesn’t like bananas anymore! Though it was clearly just her obsessing over brown spots. And you should see my face, I mean, really, you don’t like bananas?! Bananas?? So finally, thanks to these lovelies, she decided that bananas are cool again, and even asked for some real ones for breakfast the other day! Victory!

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 cup cake flour (or 1 cup flour and 1/2 teaspoon baking powder)
1/2 sugar
1/2 cup melted butter
2 eggs
2 mashed bananas
3/4 cup oats
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Mix flour, sugar and butter together, then add eggs and mashed bananas. Add oats and chocolate chips, and bake for around 40 minutes on 350F. Enjoy!

Banana bread

Easy overnight oats

Overnight oats recipe

Creamy, healthy and so easy to prepare, overnight oats are a perfect busy morning solution! At first when I saw them being made and posted on Pinterest, I didn’t really believe in that recipe being simple.. But it is! And so diverse!

We already had them made with yoghurt, soya milk, and regular milk, with peanut butter, nuts and fruits! Honestly anything goes!

The best part is that since I discovered this way of preparing oats, my mornings are a breeze, and my daughter (a huge oatmeal lover) is in such a good mood!

But the one I want to share with you, is this one, super creamy, and very healthy! I made this overnight oats with Greek yoghurt, soya milk and chia seeds. And they turned out so yummy that my daughter was asking me for third portion!

Overnight oats

Almond chia vanilla overnight oats:

1 cup oats
1/2 cup Greek yoghurt
2/3 cup soya milk ( can be replaced by normal milk)
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup shredded almonds
1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 teaspoon Maple sirup ( or brown sugar)

Overnight oats

Mix all of the ingredients in a mason jar. Stir. And put in a fridge for the night.

Overnight oats

You can serve it cold or warmed up, that’s totally up to you!

Here are some other combinations that you might like:

Peanut butter & banana overnight oats:

1 cup oats
1 1/4 cup milk
2 tablespoons peanut butter
1 mashed banana

Blueberry overnight oats:

1 cup oats
1 cup milk
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence

Strawberry chia overnight oats:

1 cup oats
1 1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup strawberries in pieces
1/4 cup chia seeds

Maple pecan overnight oats :

1 cup oats
1 cup Greek yoghurt
1/3 cup pecan nuts
1/4 cup maple sirup

These are the flavours that we have tried by now, and I just can’t pick my favourite one, there all so good!

Do you prepare overnight refrigerated oats? What are your favourite flavours?

Blueberry banana oat muffins


I love homemade muffins. I know what’s inside, I control the sugar and fat , while still enjoying the sweet treat with my little one. Thanks to blueberrys and bananas this recipe recuires very little sugar,and the muffins turn out moist on the inside, but a bit crunchy on the outside. A perfect breakfast / snack/ tea time treat.

1 1/2cup flour
1cup quick oats
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup canola oil
3 eggs

2 mashed bananas
1 cup blueberries

Start by mixing together dry ingredients , then add milk, oil and eggs. When blended add bananas, and after well mixed add blueberries. Place in muffin baking dish, and bake on 375F for around 20- 25 min. Enjoy !