Top 10: Coconut Yogurt Breakfasts in LondonBy Angelica Malin
For all the vegans out there, this one’s from you. I have a confession to make: I’m a coconut yogurt addict. Every time I see it on a menu, my heart leaps. I’ve probably tried every coconut yogurt breakfast in London, and I’m not ashamed – because they are so delicious, full of good fats and always give me a little morning boost. From coconut yogurt parfaits to vegan pancakes, here’s 10 absolutely amazing coconut yogurt breakfasts in London (and beyond) you simply must try. Happy breakfasting, kids:
What: CocoYogurt – coconut meat with banana, quinoa, honey and berries (£10)
The Dish: Creamy coconut meat, pureed into the perfect texture, with a crunch of crispy quinoa and a hint of fruity goodness with the banana and berries. The kind of thing you eat with a spoon, when you really want to be licking the bowl at the end.
The Lowdown: Chucs is a trendy restaurant and menswear boutique located in the heart of Westbourne Grove, which is absolutely perfect for a leisurely weekend brunch with friends. Think classic Italian food: Chucs offers simple Italian cuisine, alongside lighter, healthy dishes, created by Alessandro Verdenelli, executive chef of KX gym in Chelsea. The breakfast menu in particular offers a range of delicious Italian-inspired light dishes, as well as a extensive juice menu – perfect after a morning session at Bodyism next door. Dreams.
Where: Chucs Westbourne Grove, 226 Westbourne Grove, London W11 2RH
What: Berry Pancakes – Benoit’s gluten-free homemade buckwheat mix, with amber maple syrup fresh berries and coconut shavings (£9.50)
The Dish: Word of warning: these pancakes are large. Heartier and healthier than other pancakes, the addition of the fresh berries and coconut shavings takes this breakfast dish to new tasty heights. We recommend ordering a side of co-yo yogurt for some extra nutty loving – perfect for dipping the delicious pancakes in.
The Lowdown: Farm Girl in Notting Hill is the hip hangout for the yummy mummy and healthy crowd alike. This Aussie Cafe serve up smoothies, salads and all the brekkie dishes – you’ll be hard pressed to find something you don’t like. Come here for homemade granola, porridge and excellent coffee – prepare to queue on the weekends, the secret is out about Farm Girl.
Where: 59a Portobello Rd, London, W11 3DB
What: Granola Bowl – homemade gluten-free granola, raspberry, blueberry, honey coconut flakes, hemp seeds and bee pollen with coconut yogurt (£6.25)
The Dish: Delicious granola made with gluten-free rolled oats, lots of fresh fruit and a little protein hit from the hemp seeds, and a touch of immunity boost from the bee pollen, what’s not to love in this breakfast creation? Coconut yogurt might not be the star of the show here, but it’s still seriously good.
The Lowdown: The Good Life Eatery is a favourite pit stop for the healthy foodie crowd, who come here to lap up a bit of zen and delicious healthy food. The menu caters for gluten-free, vegans, vegetarians and dairy-free, but it certainly doesn’t skimp on flavour. Breakfast favourites here include the paleo chestnut and almond waffles, with coconut yogurt, raspberry jam, mashed banana, cranberry sprinkle and the Skinny Royal with poached eggs, smoked salmon, saffron yogurt, chives on whole grain toast. For lunch, try the Hollywood Tabouleh with sweet potato mash, cauliflower and broccoli rice, crispy chickpeas, feta cheese, pomegranate, lemon dressing – it’s glorious.
Where: Locations here
What: Buckwheat crepe with coconut yoghurt, mango and agave (£9.75)
The Dish: If you’re looking for a gluten-free, healthy pancake, then look no further. We love this creation at Plum + Spilt Milk; the combination of creamy coconut yogurt and sweet mango has a Southeast Asian feel, reminiscent of beautiful mango sticky rice in Thailand. Buckwheat is an acquired taste, but if you like it, you’ll totally love this pancake.
The Lowdown: Situated in the elegant Great Northern Hotel in Kings Cross, Plum + Spilt Milk is celebrated for the quality of its seasonal British dishes – whether it’s a quick breakfast on your travels, or a leisurely dinner with friends, this restaurant has it all. Their new menu includes Mey Selections’ beef croquettes with horseradish mayonnaise, pan-fried fillet of gurnard, mussels, bacon and sweetcorn and creamed saffron spelt, and roasted artichokes and girolles. Expect glitz and glamour here – there’s one hundred and fifty hand-blown glass lamps suspended from the ceiling which set the atmosphere!
Where: Great Northern Hotel, Kings Cross St Pancras Station, Pancras Rd, London N1C 4TB
What: Build-Your-Own Breakfast Bowl (from £2.95)
The Dish: The Detox Kitchen’s build your own breakfast pot concept, which is available at both delis, is lovely. You can choose your base: granola, muesli or porridge, then top with their choice of yogurt (including coconut yogurt and Greek yogurt) and seasonal fruits, nuts and seeds. It is a breakfast bar set up on the marble counters – try the morning deal whereby you can build your pot and get a tea or coffee all for £4. Win.
The Lowdown: The Detox Kitchen is a healthy favourite in London; serving up healthy salads, breakfast pots and the best smoothies in town. The Detox Kitchen also offers a range of delivery packages, each containing all meals you need for a day. Based on the principles of balanced healthy eating, the chefs and nutritionists at The Detox Kitchen have developed delicious menus that will cleanse your body and ensure that you will feel revitalised and energised.
Where: Kingly Court, 10 Kingly St, London W1B 5PJ and 10 Mortimer St, London W1T 3JJ
What: Dairy-free coconut yoghurt pot (£2.25)
The Dish: Creamy coconut yogurt, crunchy nuts, coconut shavings and cacao nibs – what more could you want? The perfect vegan breakfast in a rush – add in some of their mango and lime pots for a little taste of heaven.
The Lowdown: A thick and indulgent breakfast treat or afternoon snack, Pret’s little pot combines dairy-free coconut yoghurt with sugar-coated pecan nuts, toasted coconut shavings and cacao nibs. If you’re near Pret’s veggie pop up in Soho, keep an eye out for the delicious Cacao & Orange Pot too – a rich, indulgent dairy-free chocolate and orange ganache made with coconut milk and topped with cacao nibs. It’s one of the pop up’s best sellers!
Where: 100 Pret shops nationwide
What: Jumbo oat, super seed, fruit and nut granola with salted coconut yoghurt (£6.50)
The Dish: You can’t beat the age-old combination of granola and yogurt, but we love the spin Caravan has put on this breakfast. The salted coconut yogurt provides a nice relief from the deliciously sweet granola – the kind of breakfast you want to eat, time and time again.
The Lowdown: Caravan King’s Cross and Exmouth Market are all-day restaurants and bars founded by New Zealanders, Miles Kirby, Laura Harper-Hinton and Chris Ammermann. Caravan King’s Cross also now houses Caravan Coffee Roasters’ roastery. Caravan’s food and vibe reflects its founder’s antipodean beginnings and nomadic leanings. Miles’ ever-changing ‘well-travelled’ menu draws inspiration from his foodie travels across the globe, yet remains rooted in a commitment to the best local and seasonal produce.
Where: Kings Cross, Granary Square, 1 Granary Square, London N1C 4AA and Exmouth Market, 11-13 Exmouth Market, London EC1R 4QD
What: Activated Porridge – a mix of activated oats, quinoa and superseeds cooked in tigernut milk topped with fruit and coconut yoghurt (£9)
The Dish: Something so simple as soaking oats for a few hours before you cook them makes a world of difference, and we totally love this breakfast at new Farmacy in Notting Hill. The soaked oats are easy-to-digest, with a delicious creamy texture – rumour has it that tigernut milk is the new superfood to watch, and their homemade coconut yogurt is totally delicious.
The Lowdown: Farmacy is a new veggan joint (yes, that’s right, vegan with eggs) in Notting Hill. In the mornings, they serve up everything from healthy pancakes with coconut yogurt to Green Breakfast bowls with quinoa and broccoli. Their avocado on vegan muffin dish seems to be one of the most popular dishes on Instagram at the moment! If you fancy something sweet, their homemade buckwheat granola is pretty damn great, too.
Where: 74 Westbourne Grove, London W2 5SH
What: Banana Cacao – almond milk oats, coconut yogurt, cacao nibs, banana and date syrup (£5.95)
The Dish: This porridge is just the dream – a creamy combination of soaked oats, sweet banana and date, the crunch of nibs and a dash of coconut yogurt, it’s just perfection. If you’re looking for the perfect vegan bowl of porridge in the capital, look no further.
The Lowdown: 26 Grains is the breakfast-loving creation of Alex Hely-Hutchinson. She combines her trusty secret porridge recipes and a big spoonful of love to create beautiful, fresh bowls of porridge goodness at her Covent Garden retreat (which is opening in September). Inspired by Scandinavian influences, 26 Grains is all about Scandinavian cooking traditions – the menu features a selection of healthy dishes based on grains, spices, and fresh ingredients. With many dairy-free options, it’s a great spot for the health-conscious breakfast in London.
Where: Neal’s Yard, London, WC2H 9DP
What: Coconut Yogurts (£3.50)
The Dish: Simple, DIY goodness. Farmstand use COYO – a coconut-based yogurt that is dairy-free with no added sugar, to form the base of their delicious build-your-own breakfasts. They serve it with granola, seasonal compote, fruit or nuts, that are also free from gluten, dairy and refined sugar, if you’re wondering. Tasty.
The Lowdown: Farmstand is a new casual restaurant offering Londoners a delicious range of honest, healthy and reasonably priced food. Located on Drury Lane in Covent Garden, Farmstand is all about great quality produce and easy healthy lunches. American founder Steven Novick gathered together a formidable team with a variety of skills and experience; including a dedicated doctor and nutritionist and chefs, all of whom have tirelessly worked to create up to 18,432 potential menu combinations!
Where: 42 Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2B 5AJ
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What: Garam masala roasted banana, coconut, pumpkin and chia seeds with Aleppo chilli oat crumb, coconut yoghurt and almond butter (£7.00)
The Dish: Nut butter, cooked bananas, oats, coconut yogurt: this everything I like in the world, in a bowl, at once. The Modern Pantry’s innovative and exciting cuisine never disappoints – and they’ve smashed it out the park with this beautiful breakfast creation. With a hint of spice, a little brunch and the most delicious creamy yogurt and rich nut butter, it’s a dish you just can’t help but fall in love with.
The Lowdown: Anna Hansen is the driving force behind The Modern pantry, a New Zealand-born chef who’s behind gems such as The Providores and PUBLIC in New York, with a real understanding of cooking, creativity and flavour. Since opening in 2008, the restaurant’s globally-inspired modern cuisine has earned Hansen a cookbook, an MBE and an epic reputation. Dig in to expertly cooked brunch dishes including sugar-cured New Caledonian prawn omelette, honey roast oats with seeds and nuts, grated apple, pomegranate and Greek yoghurt, and the best Vegemite soldiers around.
Where: 47-48 St John’s Square, Clerkenwell, London EC1V 4JJ
What: Homemade granola, coconut yoghurt, mixed berries and honey (£6.75)
The Dish: This is a really generous, delicious bowl of goodness. They certainly don’t skimp on quality and ingredients at Greenberry – the granola is full of nuts and seeds, with a lovely sweetness from added honey. Their homemade coconut yogurt is divine, and goes perfectly with the fresh berries. The most perfect summer breakfast you could dream of in London.
The Lowdown: Greenberry is an independent, laid-back, casual cafe in Primrose Hill, with people absolutely love for weekend brunch – for good reason. There’s so much good going on here; they’re big fans of seasonal and sustainable produce, making food that’s good for you, too. Greenberry lends itself to being the ultimate weekend brunch spot with its location – you can’t go wrong with a big bowl of granola after a meander around Regent’s Park. Heaven.
Where: 101 Regent’s Park Rd, London NW1 8UR