Coconut and Cinnamon Pancakes

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I love switching up my breakfasts every now and then and pancakes is something I’ll always experiment with because they are so versatile. I have to admit this isn’t the healthiest choice but it surely is delicious. This is a twist on the classic American fluffy pancakes for a little more spice and flavour. Coconut and cinnamon taste really good together and these pancakes are great for breakfast or dessert depending on your preference. I have drizzled a little maple syrup and sprinkle on some desiccated coconut for serving.

Recipe: Coconut and cinnamon pancakes (makes 4)

Ingredients

66g self raising flour

1/3 baking powder

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp caster sugar

1 egg

8g melted butter

66ml coconut milk

1/2 tsp oil

Drizzle of maple syrup

Sprinkle of desiccated coconut

Method

  • Sieve the flour, baking powder and cinnamon into a large bowl and mix in the caster sugar.
  • In another bowl, whisk the egg, butter and coconut together until well combined.
  • Gently whisk the liquid mixture into the flour mixture until smooth and then leave to rest for 20 minutes. Resting the pancake batter allows the gluten to relax and the grain to swell so that when you finally cook it, the pancakes will be more fluffy and light.
  • Use kitchen paper to rub oil over a frying pan and place on a medium heat to get hot.
  • Once the pan is hot add 3 tablespoons of the batter into the pan, cooking for 3 minutes on each side until lightly golden and fully cooked.
  • Repeat until all of the batter in done and leave on a plate covered to stay warm.
  • Once done, drizzle with a little maple syrup and sprinkle over some desiccated coconut.

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Apple and Raisin Breakfast Crumble

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I have recently been eating stewed apples in the morning for a light breakfast as it’s quick and simple to prepare and also quite nourishing for the body, early in the morning. It is nice and all but not the most filling so I decided to add a crumble mixture on top to give it a bit more body and help me to feel fuller for longer. This is a great recipe that is fairly quick and can be eaten for breakfast, dessert or even a snack between meals. It’s really tasty as you get the sweetness from the apples and delicious mixture of soft oats and coconut on top.

Recipe: Apple and raisin breakfast cookies (serves 2)

Ingredients

2 apples, peeled and finely sliced

20g raisins

1 tbsp lemon juice

1/4 tsp cornflour

25g oats

20g plain flour

20g desiccated coconut

1 tsp brown sugar

1/2 tsp cinnamon

Pinch of salt

1 1/2 tbsp butter, melted

Method

  • Firstly, preheat the oven to gas mark 5 and take out a small baking dish (I used a loaf tin as I didn’t have anything smaller).
  • Prepare the apples and place at the bottom of the oven dish mixing in the raisins, lemon juice and cornflour.
  • Melt the butter and in the meantime in a small bowl, mix together the oats, plain flour, desiccated coconut, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt. The pour the butter in stirring until is slightly clumps together.
  • Add the crumble mixture to the apples evenly and bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes until slightly golden on top.
  • Leave to cool for a few minutes before eating.

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Oatmeal and Chia Seed Breakfast Cookies

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These cookies are really nice and filling, stuffed full of chia seeds, oats and raisins making them perfect for the mornings. These cookies are thick and chunky, which is why they are so perfect for the mornings if you like to be full in the mornings. I’m so pleased with this recipe, I planned it quickly and it turned out so well. I say this a lot but they are great for carrying to work as a little snack to keep you going throughout the day.

Recipe: Oatmeal and chia seed cookies (makes 8)

Ingredients

130g oats

65g plain flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

Pinch of salt

1/2 tsp cinnamon

80g soft brown sugar

20g chia seeds

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

80g butter

Method

  • Set the oven to gas mark 5 and line 1 tray with baking paper.
  • Add all of the dry ingredients to a large bowl and mix well.
  • Next add the vanilla extract and butter.
  • Mix with a spoon first then use your hands until it forms a soft dough (it may stick to the hands a little but it’s fine).
  • Equally scoop out the dough, role into a ball, flatten and place on the tray.
  • Put into the oven and bake for 20 minutes.
  • Leave to cool on a wire rack before eating and store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

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Upgraded French Toast

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So, usually whenever I make french toast I would whisk the egg, soak the bread, fry and drizzle with maple syrup. It never occurred to me to add cinnamon or vanilla extract for an upgrade of flavours. Cinnamon is such a warming, sweet spice and really compliments the taste of French Toast. Cinnamon is not an ingredient I use often but works really well in tea, baking and breakfast foods. Vanilla extract on the other hand is an essential baking ingredient that I use all the time, perfect in cakes, cookies, brownies, biscuits and ice cream. Even though it’s something small, experimenting with new ingredients and trying new foods is a great way to expand the palette and get used to a range of flavours.

Recipe: Upgraded French toast (serves 1)

Ingredients

1 tsp oil, for frying

2 eggs

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/3 tsp cinnamon

2 slices of bread

Drizzle of maple syrup

Method

  • Heat the oil in a frying pan.
  • In a bowl, crack 2 eggs and whisk together along with the vanilla extract and cinnamon.
  • Cut the bread in half and soak each piece in the egg mixture before adding to the pan.
  • Fry on each side for 3-4 minutes, depending on how golden you want it to be.
  • Take out once fully cooked and drizzle with a little maple syrup. I added a strawberry for decoration.

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Happy Bank Holiday Monday

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It’s early in the UK this morning so I’ll wish you all a wonderful day!

I’ve been off WordPress for the last week, for no particular reason but as I’ve not long finished my breakfast I thought I’d write a quick post. Firstly, it’s a Bank Holiday so I have the day off work and I’m so grateful. It’s so nice to wake up in the morning at a slow pace and really be present and enjoy the moments rather than rushing to leave out on time. This morning, the weather is already bright and we have nice, sunny warm weather for a change, it’s supposed to reach 23 degree’s today which is good for this time of the year.

So far I’ve done my usual morning routine and I just need to make time to read my current book. Yesterday, I went for a light jog in the morning and it was so lovely. I don’t always make time to do fitness outside of the house but afterwards I felt amazing and it’s always good to spend time in nature and see the ducks in the water. Today I did Pilates, which is always very challenging but I love pushing myself and trying new things, also I always feel really strong the next day even with achy muscles. I might bake some peanut butter flapjacks but apart from that I’m going to be chilling and maybe a little online shopping if there’s any good offers.

Anyway, as it’s the first day of the week, it’s a great day to set the tone for the rest of the week. Any goals you would like to achieve or things you wish to work on? Start today and hopefully you’ll follow it through.

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