Food Porn Friday – Episode 17: Fruit

The observant among you may have noticed there was no Amy vs Fruit last week. Getting Amy to eat fruit? It’s like pulling teeth. “The only way I’ll start eating fruit is if I blog about it and that makes me feel obliged to do it so I don’t let my followers down,” she told me. I expressed a reasonable amount of doubt. And here I am, pleading with her to buy some pears next week. I don’t know man. It’s a hard life co-running this show.

I am by no means an avid fruit-fan. That is, I admit, part of the problem. When I was convincing Amy to eat more than one raspberry last month, she pleaded: “if I eat them all, there won’t be as many left for you.”

“But I don’t even like raspberries that much,” I replied.

“THEN WHY AM I THE ONLY ONE DOING THIS STUPID BLOG?” she wailed.

But I feel the need to celebrate fruit. To remind readers that we don’t view it as the enemy (or at least, half of us don’t). Fruit is so important to a good, healthy brunch. And it’s varied, and sweet, and fun. So guys, this week, things are getting a little fruity.

I think I’ve mentioned here before that I absolutely love banana bread, and this looks like an incredibly simple recipe:

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Photo and recipe from asparkofcreativity.com

Now that Amy definitely “doesn’t mind” bananas, I think banana bread might become a more regular occurrence in my house. The best thing about it is not having to worry about the bananas going brown, because that’s what gives it the best flavour. I also really fancy experimenting with adding chocolate and peanut butter, because my colleague brought Reece’s peanut butter cups into the office this week and it’s started a craving.

On a similar “fruit that doesn’t look like fruit” theme, the discovery of these apple pancakes has left me salivating:

Photo and recipe from

Photo and recipe from Averie Cooks

Apples and cinnamon and nutmeg go so well together, and spices can also be used to trick Amy into thinking she isn’t eating fruit at all, which is a definite bonus. I feel like, in my head, a sort of cream-cheese icing could really take this to the next level. Idk, just brainstorming here.

In this one, you can actually see the fruit:

Photo and recipe from Recipe Tin Eats

I wanted to show you a French toast covered in fruits, but when this came up on my pinterest search I was lost. I feel like French Toast (or eggy-bread, as it was in my house growing up) is a seriously underrated and easy to cook breakfast food, and can be eaten sweet or savoury. With enough Nutella you can hide any fruit (though a secondary problem is that Amy won’t eat nuts… don’t worry, you can rest assured I will be working on it).

My personal favourite way to have fruits with your breakfast, though, is the smoothie. I used to be the smoothie queen last year but I got a little sidetracked. It may be a passion I have to revive, especially after seeing these three gorgeous recipes:

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Photo and recipe from Thrivinghomeblog.com

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Photo and recipe from Thrivinghomeblog.com

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Photo and recipe from Thrivinghomeblog.com

Peach is one of my favourite fruit flavours, but it’s so hard to bring it out in a smoothie as it’s so subtle. I love ginger in my smoothies too. The pineapple one is probably going to be my favourite as I absolutely love pineapple in my smoothies, especially with coconut (it’s basically pina colada, right?). And as for Raspberry-chocolate? With avocado for extra creaminess? Need I say more?

Amy will hopefully be back next week and I will be back the week after, so until then – leave your food porn in the comments!

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About hattiemily

London-based poet. Previously published on the underground, currently can't remember how to actually write.
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