Homemade Granola

At the weekend I heard from someone that this week is breakfast week! I’ve never heard of it before but it’s basically a week long campaign to highlight the importance of eating a healthy breakfast.

So with that in mind I decided to make up one of my favourite breakfasts, granola! I find it can be hard to buy a good one as so many are now full of refined sugars and flavourings so it can be difficult to tell how healthy it actually is. So why not make up your own! It’s really easy to make and it’s good for you. Oh and most importantly it tastes great!

Ingredients

2 cups of jumbo oats

1/2 cup each of almonds and pecans

1/4 cup of sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds

1 and a 1/2 cups of mixed dried fruit – raisins, cranberries, dates, goji berries, apricots

1/4 cup of maple syrup

1/4 cup of coconut oil

The best thing about granola is that you can add whatever you like to it. The nuts, seeds and fruit I have used here are just my own choice, you can of course change it to your taste.

Instructions

Firstly, preheat the oven to 170 oc then melt the coconut oil in a pan over a low heat until it is completely melted. In a large mixing bowl, add the coconut oil and maple syrup before mixing in the oats, almonds, pecans and seeds.

Once this has all been mixed together place it in a baking tray, flatting it down with the back of a wooden spoon until it is evenly spread.  This should now be baked in the oven for 15 minutes.

I haven’t added the fruit just yet because if it was baked from the beginning it would go really hard and chewy. The best way is to bake it for 15 minutes, take it out and give it a stir, then mix in the dried fruit before baking for a further 5 minutes.

When it is ready allow it to cool for around half and hour to an hour and place it in an airtight container. The granola will last up to 4 weeks … that’s if you haven’t eaten it all by then!

And that’s that! An easy breakfast you could make up on a Sunday and your sorted for the rest of the week!

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Weekend Brunch

I think everyone should add – eat more brunch – to their list of resolutions this year. I definitely got my fix this weekend whilst through in Edinburgh. The city has an abundance of lovely places to eat, especially when it comes to brunch, so there are loads of different options.

On Saturday morning we decided to head to Montpeliers, situated in Edinburgh’s Bruntsfield. Montpeliers has the perfect atmosphere for a chilled morning brunch along with amazing food and service. Both starting with a refreshing mint tea, I then went for the pancakes with bacon and maple syrup whilst Michael opted for the potato stack with black pudding, haggis, bacon and homemade potato scones with a fried egg. Yumm. We were both very impressed and will definitely be back!IMG_335512401010_10205828170358598_8801874082359646664_nIMG_3351IMG_3358IMG_3360IMG_3359

When it came to Sunday morning, it was dark, cold and snowy so we felt we deserved a nice filling meal by going for yes, another brunch. This time we went to TriBeCa, a restaurant I have been familiar with in Glasgow, which has fairly recently expanded itself, opening a restaurant in Edinburgh. Also situated within Bruntsfield, TriBeCa has a completely different felt to that of Montpeliers. The restaurant is themed on all things New York with a menu aiming to reflect that. We lucky arrived just as a table were leaving so were seated pretty quickly however a que quickly formed out the door shortly after. The restaurant was packed with a buzzing atmosphere, not everyone’s cup of tea on a Sunday morning but I enjoyed it. When it came to ordering there was so much option it took us a while to decide. I opted for the Varick Breakfast which came with french toast, bacon, sausages, hash browns and eggs (I’ve never been a great egg fan so they were slid to Michael’s plate). He went for the Eggs Benedict, also adding bacon, sausage and hash browns. Its safe to say we were full for pretty much all day, the portion sizes are massive! Again we were both very happy with our meals and although not managing to finish it all, were fully satisfied. If your in need of a good feed then this is your place!IMG_3427IMG_3401IMG_3402IMG_3408IMG_3416IMG_3418

I will need to stop writing now as this is making me hungry but if your looking for a good brunch in Edinburgh I would definitely recommend either of these places. No doubt we will be back at both again soon.

… Diet starts tomorrow …