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Berry Breakfast Pots

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Over the past few weeks months that I have been suffering with the dreaded “morning” sickness, there hasn’t been much that I can eat before 11am.

This is not good news when you either have a toddler to entertain, or an employer to convince you are capable ;)

Thankfully, I have found something that keeps me going, tastes delicious, and is low in bad cholesterol. WIN!

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I guess this is a form of bircher muesli, and can be made with a hundred different ingredients (oats with different dried fruits, seeds, nuts, fresh berries, any type of milk or yoghurt, even fruit juices) but I have loved my simple version!

Please make this the night before and leave it in the fridge for the next day if you can, it’ll soften the oats and taste even better.

Apologies for the photos – I can’t find a way to make it look appetising, but looks aren’t everything guys.

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Be warned – your boss may ask you why you are eating taramasalata (seriously?!) or ice cream in the office ;) Being pregnant probably didn’t help me there!

Berry Breakfast Pot
serves one

Ingredients:

100g yoghurt (I used 0% fat greek yoghurt, but go for the good stuff if you don’t have cholesterol issues!)
handful frozen berries (you may want to add some honey/maple/agave or some sugar if you find the berries too tart)
3 tablespoons muesli or oats (more or less is fine – see what you like most)
optional extras – seeds, nuts, dried fruits of your choice. Granola on top?

Method:

Add ingredients to a bowl or pot with lid (if you are transporting to work!).
Leave overnight in the fridge for best results.
Serve. Simple.

p.s. You can buy similar “breakfast pots” at most coffee chains but your homemade version will cost you a fraction of the price and have an awful lot less sugar too! Hooray!

Enjoy!

Bake
xoxo

Lucid Granola

“The best granola ever”

When we flew back from the UK recently we were in need of a very early breakfast. I love Pret and was really happy to see one at the airport. As it was so early, I didn’t fancy anything too substantial to eat, therefore went for the Five¬†Berry Bowl.

I enjoyed it so much that I decided to make some granola when we were back home.

Digging through my excessive pile of cook books, I liked the sound of “The Best Granola Ever” in Louise Shafia’s Lucid Food¬†(such a pretty book, btw).

I adapted the recipe slightly and we both agree that this really is the best granola ever! Although I’m tempted to try this one too. Or this one.

The Best Granola Ever
- we made double the recipe and this lasts us at least 2 weeks if we eat it every day for breakfast.

2 cups nuts (we use hazlenuts and walnuts) coarsely chopped
2 cups rolled oats
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon four spice
6 tablespoons maple syrup (or agave, or honey)
5 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon (homemade) vanilla extract (mine still tastes like rum…)
1 1/2 cups dried apricots, coarsely chopped (we have also tried 1/3 sultanas, yummy too)
1/2 cup coconut flakes
3 tablespoons cacao nibs

Preheat oven to 170deg

Combine all ingredients up to and including vanilla in a large bowl, reserving one tablespoon olive oil. Stir so that everything is nicely coated.

Spread mixture on a baking tray and place in oven for 30 minutes, stirring halfway through. By this point the granola should feel almost dry.

Add the apricots and remaining olive oil, stir and return to the oven for 5 minutes.

Add the coconut flakes, stir and return to the oven for 2 minutes.

Remove from the oven and stir through the cacao nibs.

Cool before serving. Best enjoyed with yoghurt and fruit in the morning :)

Would make a pretty gift for someone too…

Breakfast granola

Enjoy!

Bake
xoxo