granola

Chuck-it-all-in granola

So many granola recipes are strict with numbers – 20g of this, 35g of the other – but one of the joys of granola is that pretty much anything goes on the dried fruit, seeds and nut front. It’s that chance to shove all the odds and ends in the oven and wait for those toasty aromas to waft through the kitchen.

I have had a crazy few months of back-to-back book shoots and following a much-needed pantry clear-out, I uncovered an insane quantity of nut packets with approximately 15 nuts in each of them which I shoved in one jar to save for granola or spiced nuts.

Granola is fairly pricy to make, but it’s even more expensive to buy, so it is one of those items really worth making yourself, especially if you are on a clear-out cupboard mission.

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Banana oat breakfast pancakes

I realise the Nutribullet* was not created to make extra smooth breakfast pancake batter, but if you are fed up with blending up the contents of your fridge into healthy smoothies, try these. These banana oat breakfast pancakes are truly delicious, only slightly indulgent, and so quick to whip up you can even make a mid-week brekkie out of them.

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Brussel Sprouts with Lentils

Crispy fried brussel sprouts with lentils

Brussel sprouts are allegedly the new kale. Or so claim the gazillion articles published on the subject of the fashionable foods of 2015. If this is indeed the case, suits me. I seem to be in the minority of people not obsessed with kale chips, which makes me marginalised in my east London hood.

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