Pre-swim breakfast recipes


Great North Swim has teamed up with Arla to support swimmers through the greatest swim of their lives. As the official title partner to the UK’s biggest open-water swimming event, Arla has all the inspiration and encouragement you need to fuel your swim in the best possible way – with delicious dairy.

Kickstart your Great North Swim training with Arla.

Head into another day of training with a spring in your step courtesy of an Arla-inspired breakfast. These morning treats look like they’d be at home on a dessert menu. But not only do they look - and taste - delicious, they’re also packed with goodness giving you energy to move your swim from good to great. 

Without further ado, we present your new go-to breakfast - guaranteed. 

Arla Strawberry Dream Protein Shake

You’ll need:
1 frozen banana
Selection of berries - strawberries, blueberries or both
Whole Milk
1 tbsp honey
Chia seeds


  1. Pop everything into a food mixer and blend until smooth. 
  2. Taste your smoothie, then add ice and whole milk and blend again until it tastes just right.
  3. Enjoy!

Fluffy Arla Skyr Pancakes with Strawberries

200g flour
75g sugar
Pinch of salt
1 tsp baking powder
200mls whole milk
250g Arla Skyr Strawberry
5 medium eggs
25g butter

200g strawberries
400g Arla Skyr strawberry


  1. Stir the flour, sugar, and baking powder together in a bowl. Whisk the strawberry skyr and milk together in a separate bowl before adding it to the mixture. Then whisk everything until it’s all blended together. 
  2. Add the eggs one by one, whisking all the time. The mixture should be nice and smooth. 
  3. Get your frying pan, add a little butter and add a dollop of the mixture. You can cook a couple of pancakes at a time as long as your pan is big enough. 
  4. Turn the pancakes when one side is golden. When both sides are light brown, you’re done! It should take just a few minutes. 
  5. NB - your mixture should make around 25 pancakes. Once fried, they’re fine to freeze. 
  6. For the topping, pop the almonds in a pan on the stovetop or roast in the oven for 5-6 minutes at 200C. Once they’ve cooled, chop them roughly. 
  7. Cut the strawberries into chunks and decorate your pancake plate with skyr, berries, and almonds. 

Looking for more breakfast inspiration? Click here for more pre-swim breakfast recipes.


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