Manuka Honey Glazed Plums with Overnight Oats and Omega Seeds – A Superfood Breakfast to Kick Start your Day!
Breakfast is such a lovely word – breaking the overnight fast as the sun rises and a new day full of promise begins. Yes, it may all go pear-shaped pretty quickly, but that first mouthful of something full of energy and goodness to get me through whatever may lie in wait is one of my favourite moments.
Rowse Honey have launched a collection of fabulous Manuka Honeys and commissioned me to create a superfood breakfast recipe to showcase this fabulous stuff – Manuka Honey Glazed Plums and Overnight Oats with Omega Seeds seemed like a good plan! This recipe really doesn’t take much doing and it will see you through to lunchtime.
Last night I poured a mixture of almond milk, greek yoghurt and a little cinnamon over a cupful of rolled oats and left it in the fridge to do its thing while I slept. This morning the oats had absorbed all the liquid and were creamy and ready for me! I halved some plums, removed the stones and dipped them in a tablespoonful of Rowse Manuka Honey.
I heated up my griddle pan, popped the plums on to sizzle and removed them when they had those lovely lines seared into them.
I spooned half my oats into the bottom of a jar (a bowl will do just as well but I wanted to take a pretty picture for you!), topped them with two of the plums which I chopped into pieces and spooned the remaining oats on top. It was cold and grey in Somerset so I added a generous spoonful of greek yoghurt crowned with the remaining plum halves. All that remained was to sprinkle the whole lot with a handful of omega seeds and a drizzle of Manuka honey.
So, What Makes Rowse Manuka Honey Special?
Manuka Honey has a slightly earthy taste, less sweet than regular honey and it is packed full of immune boosting goodness – is there anything better when you’ve got the sniffles than a spoonful of honey in some hot lemon?!
Only honey farmed in New Zealand from bees feeding on the nectar of the Manuka tree is authentic Manuka Honey. Manuka has been used by the Maori community for centuries and now people around the world prize it for its antibacterial properties and its perceived health benefits. It is believed to have immune boosting properties, as does regular honey, but Manuka has an extra different type of antibacterial action known as Non-Peroxide Activity (NPA) which gives it an extra boost. This antibacterial action is dictated by an active component called methylglyoxal (MGO) which is less affected by heat, light, acidity and moisture making its anti bacterial properties more robust.
Genuine Manuka Honey is priced according to its NPA rating – the higher the rate, the higher the cost – however, not all honeys are equal. Far more Manuka honey is being sold than is being produced and the Rowse Campaign for Real Manuka is calling for improved guidelines regarding testing and labelling to ensure that consumers are getting what they are paying for, with a minimum NPA rating of 5+ to be considered real Manuka Honey.
To ensure all Rowse Manuka Honey is 100% authentic, it is tested twice; once at source in New Zealand and again when it arrives in the UK to ensure that the NPA level stated on the label is exactly what the customer gets when they open the jar.
But, best of all – it tastes good! Here’s the full recipe for my Manuka Honey Glazed Plums with Overnight Oats and Omega Seeds, enjoy!
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 3/4 cup almond milk
- 1/4 cup Greek yoghurt + 2 tbsps
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 4 plums, halved and stoned
- 1 tbsp Manuka Honey plus more for drizzling
- Spray oil or vegetable oil for griddle
- 1 tbsp omega seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, golden linseed, brown linseed, sesame)
- Combine your oats, cinnamon, milk and 1/4 cup of greek yoghurt in a bowl, cover and leave overnight in the fridge
- In the morning pour one tablespoon of Manuka honey into a small bowl and coat each plum with a thin layer
- Heat your oiled griddle pan (or frying pan) until nice and hot, place your honeyed plums cut side down into the pan and cook until the honey caramelises and you have those lovely griddle lines
- Turn the plums over and cook briefly on the other side until hot and softened
- Chop half the plums into small pieces
- Layer half of the oat mixture into two jars or bowls
- Top with a layer of chopped plums
- Layer the rest of the oat mixture on top of the chopped plums
- Spoon a tablespoonful of Greek yoghurt into each jar and top with the remaining plum halves and the omega seeds
- Drizzle over any honey and plum juices left in the pan and a little more honey to taste
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Disclosure: This recipe was commissioned by Rowse Honey.