From pancakes that sparkle to fruit and yoghurt bowls that would look more at home in an art gallery, breakfast as we know it is evolving. Gone are the days of cereal, eggs and bacon, and dry toast, as more and more of us are looking to enjoy breakfast foods that are weird, wonderful, and incredibly delicious. If you’re like millions of other people, you probably use social media. If that is the case, you’ll probably have noticed how more and more people are snapping photos of their food before tucking in. Many of the food porn images you come across on Instagram would put Michelin-starred restaurants to shame in terms of presentation. But just what is it about weird, bold and vibrant breakfast foods that we find so appealing? Well, while we can’t answer that, what we can do is look at some of the more popular breakfast food trends around the world, that are so weird and vibrant they’d make a unicorn seem dull.
Bagels are one of those foods that will just never go out of fashion. Not only do they taste amazing when toasted, but they also pair well with virtually any filling you can imagine. Smoked salmon and cream cheese? No problem. Bacon, smashed avocado and poached egg? Darn straight! But lately, bagels seem to have undergone a bit of a metamorphosis. Bakers have discovered that, by making different batches of dough and adding different colourings to each one, before combining them to make the bagels, the end result is what is now known as a rainbow bagel. Imagine a bagel, but with colourful stripes, like the ones you see in rainbows, and that’s pretty much what these delicious breakfast treats are. They taste no differently to regular bagels, plus they are guaranteed to be Insta-ready the second you snap a pic.
In many parts of the world, including Cambodia and Thailand, insects are seen as a delicacy. Because of this, we’re slowly seeing these Far Eastern influences slowly creeping over into Western culture. More and more people are now experimenting with edible insects for breakfast, and to be quite honest, if you can get over the fact you are eating insects, the taste is delicious. In the US, hundreds of mealworm and cricket farms have sprung up seemingly out of nowhere, to help meet the demand for crunchy fried insect goodness for breakfast. Cricket Granola for example, is a very real thing and it is divine. Crickets have a nutty and earthy taste and texture, which makes them the perfect addition to granola. It may sound weird and gross, but don’t knock it until you’ve tried it.
As great as colourful icing is, the problem is the fact that artificial colourings are often laced with dangerous chemicals that do us no good at all. So then, imagine our surprise, to hear of bright purple pancakes, that not only taste sweet and delicious, but also happen to be extremely healthy. Ube pancakes are now a thing in North American households and we can’t get enough of them. Ube is a purple yam native to the tropics of Asia, that has an incredibly sweet flavour while being packed full of antioxidants. Ube puree is essentially a purple sweet potato puree that is drizzled over pancakes to give them an incredibly purple sheen and deliciously sweet flavour.
Thought your mixed fruit and yoghurt breakfast was healthy? Just wait until you get a load of these Acai smoothie bowls. Native to Brazil, South America, and Trinidad, Acai berries are considered to be a superfood as they are packed full of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that the body thrives upon. Acai smoothie bowls are some of the most aesthetic and delicious breakfast foods you can ever imagine, with the added bonus of being hugely versatile too. A typical example of an acai smoothie bowl would be to throw a generous handful of acai berries into a blender, along with a banana, mixed berries, peanut butter, natural cocoa powder, and a splash of milk, or coconut water. You then simply blend into a thick smoothie, decant into a bowl, and top with things like organic honey, chia seeds, blueberries, sliced banana, and mixed berries.