Vegetarian food blog featuring delicious and nutritious whole food recipes, creative baking and luscious chocolate.

Green Smoothie Bowl with Pear, Avocado & Almonds

Double Pear & Almond Green Smoothie Bowl

This double pear green smoothie bowl is a firm favourite. In fact everyone who’s tried it has been impressed and wanted the recipe. It’s rich, filling and delicious. It’s also packed full of nutrients and keeps you going for hours. That’s at least two of your five-a-day done and dusted by breakfast.

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Easy Vegan Honey Almond Granola Recipe – Nutritious & Delicious

Easy Vegan Honey Almond Granola

Breakfast | 13th June 2018 | By

When I don’t feel like making a smoothie, granola with fruit and yoghurt is my go to breakfast. It’s quick to prepare, nutritious and delicious. This simple recipe for easy vegan honey almond granola uses vegan honey as the backdrop sweetener. You can, of course, easily switch this for normal honey if you’re not a vegan.

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Raspberry Granola Parfait – a High Fibre Breakfast

Raspberry granola parfait in a glass with a blue pansy on top and a spoon by the side.

Breakfast, Food Reviews | 17th April 2018 | By

A quick and easy high fibre breakfast that feels more luxurious and indulgent than it actually is. This raspberry granola parfait is perfect for weekend breakfasts or entertaining guests.

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Gorgeous Gluten Free Granola with a Kitchen Clear Out

Gorgeous Gluten Free Granola

Breakfast, Gluten Free | 20th September 2017 | By

Once you’ve made your own granola, you’ll never go back. It’s easy and so delicious. You can use whatever nuts, seeds and dried fruit you have to hand. You can make this recipe for gorgeous gluten free granola as is or use it as a guide.

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Chocolate Granola

Breakfast | 3rd June 2012 | By

Back in January when I saw the We Should Cocoa entry from Carol Anne’s Kitchen for chocolate and coconut granola, I bookmarked it straight away. As usual with these things it has sat neglected in my bookmarks folder along with many much older items. The spur I needed came in the form of this month’s Breakfast Club, founded and hosted by Helen of Fuss Free Flavours. The theme is Fairtrade. Now I know fairtrade is not all about chocolate, but chocolate was one of the very first things to be given the fairtrade label and it is this wonderful substance I associate most with Fairtrade. So time to trawl through my bookmarks where I was very sure I had a chocolate granola recipe!

As is my wont, I adapted the recipe quite considerably. First off, I had bought a bar of Divine’s fairtrade 85% dark chocolate specifically for the purpose of this challenge. When I read the recipe however, it was cocoa that was used. Well blow that, mine was going to contain a bar of real live chocolate. As this was for breakfast I wanted something healthy – to me healthy means NO SUGAR. So instead of using sugar, I used a mixture of date syrup, agave syrup and honey. OK I know chocolate has sugar in, but there is very little in an 85% bar, so I let that one go.

Anyway, this is how I did it:

  • Put 250g of rolled oats into a bowl.
  • Added 30g sesame seeds, 20g sunflower seeds, 60g apricot kernels, 30g goji berries, 50g coconut chips, 1 tsp ground cinnamon and 1/4 tsp fleur de sel (sea salt).
  • In a pan warmed 40ml date syrup, 40ml agave syrup, 1 flat tbsp honey and 50ml walnut infused rapeseed oil.
  • Added 50g of 85% dark chocolate (Divine) and stirred until melted.
  • Poured this into the bowl of dry ingredients and mixed until everything was evenly coated.
  • Spread this onto a large baking tray and baked for 50 mins at 125C, turning the mixture a couple of times during the process.
  • Left to cool
  • Stirred in 50g of chopped 85% dark chocolate (Divine). What I wanted to achieve here was to add the chocolate at a point where it would melt a little and clump with the granola mixture, but not so much that it melted completely. I didn’t manage it, so the chocolate remained unmelded.

The aroma of chocolate, coconut and roasting seeds emanating from the kitchen whilst this was cooking was mouthwatering and it scented the whole house wonderfully. Of course, I couldn’t wait until breakfast the next day to try some, so out came a bowl, spoon and milk and in went the granola. It was delicious and not too sweet; crunchy with the kind of texture which encouraged you to chew and enjoy the diverse flavours. I don’t think it will last long.