Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but I often find myself skipping it because I “don’t have time” to make something nice. Usually I’ll just make a quick cup of tea with the bag still in and run off to work while chomping on a banana. Not exactly a hearty meal!
Since I went vegan I’ve loved the Foods of Athenry products, especially the Nutty Crunch Granola cereal they offer. Unfortunately, delicious as it is, it’s quite expensive for the amount of product you get. Yesterday I decided to try my hand at some granola of my own and, if I do say so myself, it’s pretty delicious!
Half a cup of maple syrup/ date syrup
3 cups of jumbo oats
Half a cup of pumpkin seeds
1 cup of walnuts
A third of a cup of sesame seeds
Two heaped tablespoons of cacao powder
Half a cup of cacao nibs (or more, depending on taste)
A third of a cup of sunflower seeds
4 heaped tablespoons of coconut oil (solid)
Melt the coconut oil and while you’re melting it mix together the dry ingredients
Spoon the syrup and melted oil together and then pour the dry and wet ingredients together
Line a baking tray with baking paper
Put the granola mixture onto the tray and toast in the oven for 5 minutes at 200 degrees celsius
Remove from the oven and let cool before eating OR (for granola with extra bite) leave overnight with a towel over it
Pancake Tuesday has been and gone but to be honest it kind of turned into Pancake Week for me!
Some of the recipes I’ve seen are overly complicated or require things like apple cider vinegar in order to make a buttermilk substitute, but I like to keep it simple and delicious. This recipe is fool proof!
100g plain flour
2 tbspn caster sugar
2 tbspn baking powder
300ml non-dairy milk or water
1 tbspn oil (I used extra virgin olive oil)
A dash of salt
Sieve the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt into a bowl.
Whisk the water (or milk) and oil together in another bowl.
Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir until blended.
Heat a lightly oiled pan over medium-high heat.
Put blended mixture into a jug and pour onto the hot pan.
Cook until bubbles form on top and the edges are dry, then flip it and cook for another minute or two (The first one is always a bit of a mess so if it looks like a sad omelette, just start again!)
Repeat with the rest of the batter.
Enjoy with some maple syrup, icing sugar and blueberries!