From The Archive: 2016

The year of travel- from Aus to Africa- as well as some of my favourite ever photos, I hope 2016 brings a small dose of wanderlust (and fashion inspiration if not)!

Lifestyle Recipes

Three Summer Breakfast Ideas

(without an avocado in sight…)

I’ll be straight here- I’m a sweet over savoury kind of gal in the mornings. Although I’m often tempted by a perfectly poached egg or a fancy smashing of a ripe and ready avocado, nothing quite has me at hello like the stickiness of syrupy pancakes or the crunch of a nutty granola (was that sentence Nigella enough, or)? Anyway! After playing around a little in the kitchen and finally putting to good use some of my favourite recipe books, I thought I’d share a handful of my favourite summer breakfast recipes (because you’re worth it)!

Izy Hossack’s 10 Minute Granola:

Izy from the beautiful blog Top with Cinnamon (who I interviewed here), is by far one of my favourite cooks, writers and foodie women. Not only has she a magical eye for flavours and sweet combinations, but all of her recipes are achievable, delicious and easy to follow. So, after a couple of unsuccessful homemade granola attempts, I discovered this bad boy from her- and although I did throw in a couple of my own additions (the charm is that many of her recipes are easily customisable)- and this was a serious 10/10.

You will need:
– 190g rolled oats
– 35g roughly chopped almonds
– 2 tbsp coconut oil (or butter)
– 3 tbsp honey, agave or maple syrup
– (I also added in chopped hazelnuts and cinnamon, and know mixed seeds would be delicious too)!

1. Dry toast the oats and almonds (along with any other additions) in a frying pan over a medium heat for 5 minutes- stirring frequently to stop any burning!

2. Make a hole in the middle and add the coconut oil and honey (what I opted for)- continue to stir for a further 5 minutes until everything is well coated.

3. Remove from the heat and allow to cool- this will store for 2 weeks (and is delicious served with natural yoghurt and fresh fruit).

My French Toasted Banana Bread:

If ever there was a way of doing a ‘treat’ breakfast, I’m pretty sure this would be it. This fuses two of my favourite things in life (French toast and banana bread)- and served with Greek yoghurt and some syrup (I used date syrup for this which was great)- makes for a seriously indulgent (and in my mind, half healthy, lol) breakfast! I also have a traditional French toast recipe here, if you’re not feeling the ‘nanas!

You will need:
– Banana bread recipe here (ingredient list in description)
– 1 egg
– 4 tbsp milk
– Knob of butter
– Banana/Syrup/Yoghurt to serve

1. Adding your egg into your milk mixture whisk everything until combined. Soak a slice of your banana bread into the mixture for a couple of minutes, making sure everything is well coated!

2. Pop your knob of butter into a frying pan, and heat on a medium heat until melted. Add in your slice of banana bread, and cook each side for a couple of minutes, or until golden brown- flipping half way through to do each side!

3. Once browned, serve with your choice of yoghurt, syrup, banana or even…bacon…Enjoy!

(Mason Jar from Sass and Belle)

The Good Life Berry Good Smoothie:

This is definitely the most ‘healthy’ of the bunch (and definitely packs in the most of your 5 a day)- and if I’m being honest, it’s one of the few smoothies that I really love. The Good Life Eatery cook book packs some seriously delicious smoothie recipes, and this Berry Good one was a good place to start and one I really wanted to share- again, like Izy’s this is totally customisable and you could add in protein/different berries too!

You will need:
– 50g blueberries
– 50g blackberries
– 1 banana
– 2 tbsp almond butter
– 2 tbsp honey
– 4 ice cubes
– 250ml almond milk
– Sprinkling granola to serve

1. Throw all of your ingredients into a blender and blend for a couple of minutes (or until everything is combined) and serve! Sprinkle a little granola on top and enjoy- super simple!


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