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Woke up this morning and thought hmmmmm pancakes. Googled American pancakes and threw these together with Nutella and golden syrup over the top. 

1) sieve 100g self raising flour into a bowl, add a dessert spoon of caster sugar and a dessert spoon of oats.

2) beat in 1 egg, pouring in small amounts of milk til the mix is a gloopy consistency.

3) wipe a frying pan with oil and heat, but not too hot. Ladle in the batter, and flip when little bubbles form all over.

Makes 4, serve with gooey sugary things! 

  
I’ve got annual leave for the rest of this week. Sod’s law that I’m held up with cold feeling sorry for myself. Whenever I have a bit more time for breakfast I try make something tasty, but this only took 15 mins. I munched half and I’ve got the other half for breakfast tomorrow. 

1) place 2 frozen veggie sausages in the oven (I used Linda McCartney)

2) in a Pyrex jug whisk 4 eggs, pour in a small tin of baked beans and mix. Place to one side.
3) in a frying pan, fry a chopped floret of broccoli. Once softened, take the sausages out the oven, chop, and add to the pan.

4) pour over the egg and beans mixture and cook on the hob for a minute or two.

5) finish the frittata in the oven for 5-10 mins on 180 degrees C. 

Chop up an avocado and sprinkle on the top. Enjoy 🙂 

  I whipped a batch of these up this morning in 15 mins. The leftover batter is in the fridge ready for tomorrow morning 😍

Whisk in a bowl:

2 small-medium mashed ripe bananas 

1 cup self raising flour

1/3 cup oats

1 dessert spoon chia seeds 

1 cup milk

1 egg 

I wipe a teeny bit of butter over the frying pan to stop them sticking. Flip over when you start to see little holes forming on top of the batter.

Serve up with blueberries, syrup, honey, Nutella, whatever you fancy. 

Happy Tuesday!

  
Another successful granola experiment at a cost of about 50p. Why anyone buys bags of granola is beyond me – this took about half hour with minimal effort. I also use Tesco basic oats that cost 75p for a kilogram. They taste great as porridge, flapjacks or granola. Happy days!

1) in a pan melt 2 dessert spoons of coconut oil and 1 dessert spoon of honey.

2) in a separate mixing bowl, stir together 1 1/2 cups of oats, 2 dessert spoons of chia seeds, handful of chopped nuts and whole seeds, and a good shake of desiccated coconut.

3) Add a couple of drops of vanilla essence or the seeds from a vanilla pod.

4) pour the liquid over the oat mixture and stir – it should just coat the oats.

5) lay the oats out on a baking sheet lined with baking parchment. Oven for 20 mins on 150 degrees C.

Sprinkle over some more desiccated coconut once cooled. I eat mine with natural yoghurt or sprinkled on porridge or cereal and milk. Tasty.

  
New Year’s Eve is probably not the best time to post a Christmassy recipe, but hey ho, you can enjoy this granola all year. It makes a great present in a hamper and is so easy it’s barely worth calling it a recipe.

1) melt 1 dessert spoon of butter and 1 dessert spoon of golden syrup in pan.

2) in a bowl mix 2 cups of oats, 1/2 cup of chopped nuts, 1 dessert spoon of chia seeds, 1 handful of chopped seeds. Sprinkle over 1 tsp ground ginger and 1 tsp cinnamon.

3) pour over the melted butter and golden syrup. Mix and lay out on a baking tray lined with baking parchment.

4) bake on 160 degrees C for 20 mins. Keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn.

Wait for it to cool and place in a Kilner jar – mine cost £6.99 for 3 in TK Maxx. Wilko also do a great set of smaller jars for £7/£8. 

  
Before you ask, this lovely mason jar came from Wilko and cost £1.50. I’m no hipster, but I saw it and thought it was pretty, not because all the foodies are using them! I’ve read about overnight oats and thought ‘what’s that about?’ since I have porridge almost every day for breakfast. 

Simply, this is 3/4 cup of oats, 1 small handful of chia seeds, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 drop vanilla essence and 1 cup milk. Mixed and left in the fridge overnight.

  
I have to say, I just couldn’t deal with it cold. It was super tasty, but it went straight in the microwave! Something about this needed to be warm – maybe it’s the Christmassy flavours, and the fact it’s the 22nd December.

I genuinely can’t believe how expensive and full of crap shop-bought granola is. My homemade granola has 4 ingredients and takes 20 mins – 15 of which are the oven’s job so really it only takes you 5.

1) in a pan melt 1 tbsp of honey and 1 dessert spoon of peanut butter (I use whole earth crunchy).

2) stir in 1 cup of oats and some chopped nuts.

3) line a baking tray with some baking parchment and spread out the oat mixture on it.

4) oven for 10-15 mins on 170 degrees c.

Scoff down with yoghurt (I like Rachel’s Organic vanilla) and fruit. Simples.

 What to do with leftover Yorkshire pudding batter mix? Make pancakes! Banana pancakes are my new favourite thing. Their sweet bananary flavour is too good. No maple syrup for me, just a simple sprinkle of blueberries to garnish.  

1) in a bowl whisk up 1 cup self raising flour, 1 cup milk, 2 eggs.

2) in a separate bowl mash up 2 bananas.

3) scrape the mushed bananas into the other bowl and whisk til combined. 

4) using kitchen roll, wipe a frying pan with sunflower oil and fry a ladle full of batter. 

The trick is not to have the heat too high and to let the batter cook before flipping. Little holes will form on the top, looking a bit like a crumpet. Once it looks firm, give it a poke and if it’s ready then flip it over.

This frittata was a filling breakfast after a busy couple of days flying to and from Edinburgh for work. It was super quick to make and made me feel good about myself after too much airport food.

1) in a pan fry some chopped mushrooms, tomato and eventually some spinach.

2) beat 3 eggs and add the veg to the mixture, leaving out the tomato.

3) grease a shallow cake tin with some butter or oil and pour in the mixture. Place tomato on top to look pretty.

4) bake for 5-8 minutes on 190 degrees c.

Tip out and enjoy – I put some of mine in the fridge for the next day.

 I’m really enjoying a cold, fruity, refreshing smoothie on these sunny mornings lately.  This one is particularly yummy, it’s all down to the frozen banana – something I now always have in the freezer. I’ve never been the biggest fan of fruit but I’m slowly being converted, I even ate half a fresh banana the other day (for those who know me that’s a huge achievement).

In a blender whizz up one frozen banana, one pot of activia raspberry yoghurt, 1/4 cup of milk, handful of fresh blueberries. 

This made enough for 2 tumblers, so I put half in a bottle in the fridge for breakfast tomorrow.