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Nutty Granola

Nutty Granola

Dont you just love granola? I havent made or had granola for breakfast for a long long time and that had to change. So I made a batch last weekend and guess what its nearly all gone.

Now Im not the only one eating it in my house. Theres also Alex the Gayola lover. He absolutely loves it. It takes him a while to chew each bite because of all the nuts but he loves it anyway.

BTW do you like nutty or fruity granola. i am more of a nut person but like the addition of fruit too. I might make a fruit version of this soon.

Like I said this is quite nutty so if you want to change it up a bit just take out some nuts and replace with oats.

Enjoy.

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Nutty Granola
Course Breakfast
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Course Breakfast
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Instructions
  1. Preheat the over to 180 degrees celcius. Combine all ingredints in a baking tin and bake at 180 degreeds celcius for about 20 minutes. Enjoy with oat milk and some fruit.
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Fluffy Vegan pancakes

Fluffy Vegan pancakes

Who doesnt like pancakes right? I certainly do. And I was on the search for a delicious vegan pancake forever until I came across the fluffy recipe by thevegan8.com

I did try it out and thought it was a bit too starchy for me. So i adapted it a small bit and used Oatmilk instead of coconutmilk (just because I am not a big fan of coconut flavour in anything except on its own)

Anyway these turned out so so fluffy and delicious.

Please have a go and try them you will not regret it.

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Fluffy Vegan pancakes
Course Breakfast
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Course Breakfast
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Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl sieve in the flour, corn flour baking powder and baking soda. Mix well
  2. In a separate bowl combine the apple cider vinegar and oat milk, whisk and let stand for 5 minutes.
  3. Now pour in the the milk mixture along with the maple syrup and vanilla essence into the dry ingredients. Whisk well and let stand for another ten minutes or so.
  4. Stir again and fry pancakes on a high-ish temperature in a non stick pan.
  5. Serve with berries and cashew cream.
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Granola Cups

Granola Cups

What is  your go to breakfast?

Mine has got to be granola cups. They are so quick and easy to do that my monkeys and I have them nearly every weekend.

I am not sure how I came up with the idea for these but I guess I am always looking for something delicious to give my little ones and they do love it.

You can change up the recipe as you wish and replace the coconut with any other chopped nuts, the maple syrup with agave syrup and add dried fruit if you want. Fill them with your favourite yoghurt or smoothie. Top them with any berries or other fruit there are no limits to your creativity. These are so versatile and you can see from my Instagram pots that I had them in all sorts of varieties.

The best thing is they are refined sugar free and of course vegan.

So have a go and let me know what you think. please also tag me in Instagram if you do post a picture as I am very curious and would love to see your  creations.

Recipe is below

 

 

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Granola Cups
delicious any time of day
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
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cups
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
cups
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl
  2. Line two 4 inch (10cm) tartlet cases with parchment paper
  3. Firmly press the mixture into the two cases
  4. Bake at 180 degrees Celsius for about 20 minutes, no need to preheat the oven
  5. Fill with your favourite yoghurt and fruit and enjoy
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Chunky or Smooth Spicy Chocolate Cereal Bars

Chunky or Smooth Spicy Chocolate Cereal Bars

Have I ever mentioned how much I love cereal bars? Proper cereal bars I mean. Not the stuff you get at the shop, now there are a few new bars that are great, but real homemade cereal bars.

I love having them in the house and if there are some they are usually gone pretty quickly.
There are so many recipes for them and I could share so many with you but today I have a recipe that for scrumptious spicy chocolate cereal bars.

Not only are they refined sugar free but the spices increase your intake of antioxidants. But you knew that already. I for myself love spicy food but when cooking for my two little ones I have to be cautious as if they detect any trace of a kick to their food they wont eat it. So these are moderately spicy.

Chunky Cereal Bar

The recipe is for chunky and smooth bars depending on your preference and if you’re making them please let me know in the comment section what you thought.
Enjoy

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Valentines Day – Just my humble opinion

Valentines Day – Just my humble opinion

Just my humble opinion…
So today is Valentine’s Day and I am not sure how I feel about that. I see all these beautify photos on Instagram of heart-shaped dishes from cookies to pancakes to full sized cakes and so many many other lovely treats. To be honest I love the look of all of them and the creativity and thought behind them.
And I just love the colour pink so anything pink I see (or maybe most pink things) I love.

When you go out to the shops today you see all these men rushing around buying roses and chocolates. And I can’t help but thinking isn’t this all a bit silly?

Is it because we never do anything like that (my other half and me), I don’t get flowers or chocolates and we don’t go out for a romantic dinners on Valentine’s Day.
But honestly who does?

I think if I came home with some pink cake or chocolates I’d be getting very highly raised eyebrows.

I remember the only time I got a present (roses a big teddy and chocolates) on Valentine’s Day was the very first year I was going out with my significant other, and I think the pressure of it all got to him.

Breakfast Bowl

On the other hand, my little James came home yesterday with a handmade Valentines Card for his dad, brother and mum and I thought that was so cute. They made them in school yesterday and now it’s on my kitchen press.

The girls in the office had the idea of making our own cards this year, too. And so we did.

But is anybody really taking today seriously. Are there people out there who would spend a fortune going out for dinner and buying expensive presents? I am sure there are, otherwise restaurants wouldn’t be fully booked tonight and the guys would be running around buying all that stuff.

Anyway Ill be off to Instagram now looking at all the pink heart shaped food and maybe next year, if I don’t forget Ill create something myself and post the recipe her. Until then you have my delicious pink breakfast bowl to look at which I made today and it coincided with the pinkest day of the year. HAHA

Pink Valentines Breakfast
Deep Pink Plum and Berry Smoothie

Deep Pink Plum and Berry Smoothie

I’m still fighting this nasty cold that I got about 4 days ago and I am really not happy. I haven’t been sick for over a year and I have way too much to do to be sick.

My two monkey are getting bolder by the minute and wont listen to anyone especially the small guy. Well actually both of them are just as bad as each other.

Work is busy and I have so many ideas fro recipe that I just don’t want to be sick.

Anyway to boost my immune system and hopefully get back on track very soon, tomorrow would be good 🙂 or Id prefer later today actually, I made this really old favourite of mine. The Pink Plum and Berry smoothie.

I don’t know about you but I try to buy seasonal fruit and veg but sometimes I’m in the mood for some berries and guess what when I buy them out of season they’re just so disappointingly sour. But frozen berries are always in season right? So This smoothie is nearly seasonal except for the plums and strawberries, I guess which were quite sour though.

So if you need a boost of vitamins here comes my recipe for the Deep Pink Plum and Berry Smoothie.

Deep Pink Plum and Berry Smoothie
Makes one medium sized bowl
Ingredients
  1. 3 very ripe fresh bananas
  2. 1 ½ plums de-stoned
  3. 2-3 strawberries
  4. 75g frozen mixed berries and some for decoration
  5. Granulated pumpkin seeds for decoration
  6. Sweetener of choice, I used agave syrup
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Instructions
  1. Blend all ingredients except the decorations in a blender until smooth.
  2. Pour into a bowl and decorate as you wish
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Hazelnut Pumpkin Seeds Date Bar

Hazelnut Pumpkin Seeds Date Bar

 

Who doesn’t love breakfast bars, right?

They’re small and handy and if you have no time for breakfast in the morning just throw one in your bag and have it with your coffee or tea on the way to work, school, anywhere really. But are they good for you? With the huge amount of different bars on the market its hard to chose the right bar. They are all being marketed as really good for you with loads of fruit and nuts and cereal. But have you checked the ingredients list? First of all its usually a really long list and then one of the first ingredients listed is usually sugar.
 
SO they are full of sugar. Most of them anyway.
And while I have also been guilty of buying them because they are so nice with your morning caffeine fix I think there is a better solution and it doesn’t involve much work!
 
WIN WIN right?
 
So let me introduce you to the three ingredient breakfast bar. Or elevenses bar or anytime you want a snack bar really.
I try to make loads of them and keep them handy to bring to work or feed my kiddies with their plant milk when they’re that bit peckish.
 
I hope you’ll like them as much as I do.
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Hazelnut, Pumpkin seed & Date Breakfast Bars
Delicious healthy nutty bars, ideal for elevensies
Servings
bars
Ingredients
Servings
bars
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Chop all the ingredients with a sharp knive until they are very small. I usually do this because I like my bars chunky. You can also throw them into a food processor and process until you get a sticky mass that can be rolled out. If it is too crumbly add a drop of water. Really only a drop until all the ingredients come together.
  2. Roll out into a square about 1cm high, obviously you can make thicker bars but then you will have less bars.
  3. Cut into bars
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