Evening! I have just returned the Belladrum Tartan Heart music festival and am running on very little sleep, and so - I thought it was about time to post up a breakfast recipe, because... What better way to recover from little sleep than a good breaky?
I had ran out of aaaaaall the granola that I had made up and stored in cupboards and drawers, and so I had to make a new batch - because granola is very necessary! Not long ago, I remember seeing Linda's "Caramel Granola" and I was sold!
The only thing I did wrong, was using coconut oil instead of butter, and thus it wouldn't crunch up properly, but I got there in the end. Therefore, I have swapped the coconut oil for butter in the recipe to make things easier!
(Makes about 2 small jars)
20g light butter (vegan alternatives available)
2 tbsp agave syrup
20g xylitol or brown sugar
2 tbsp water
1 tsp salt (for the caramel effect!)
1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional)
50g chopped or whole nuts
30g sunflower seeds
- Pre-heat the oven to about 180°C.
- Now, have the butter, syrup, sugar, water, salt and cinnamon in a small baking bowl.
- Add the rest of the ingredients to the mix and stir well to combine, making sure it is aaaaaall coated. Spread it evenly on a baking tray and place it in the middle of the oven for about 20-30 minutes, stirring every ten minutes or so and keeping an eye on it. It might be ready earlier and it might take a little longer. All I know is that I had to turn down the temperature of the oven a little because the nuts toasted quicker than anticipated.
- Cool completely before storing in airtight jars, or top your yogurt or porridge with it straight away! I hope you enjoy, I found it really really tasty, especially with the added salt - to my surprise...
I hope you have had an amazing weekend! As for me, I have spent the last three nights in a tent, and got about 12 hours' sleep in total, so I am a little beat - but it was absolutely worth it! And now I am just relaxing in my pajamas post-shower and am relaxing, it wont be long until I hit the hay, work awaits tomorrow!
As for photos, I might post up a couple from the weekend, buuut I have yet to get around to uploading them. The weekend itself consisted of me getting lost on the FIRST night of the festival, but I made friends with some lovely people who were chilling outside, playing the guitar and singing. As for some of the artists I saw there, The View, Rae Morris, Brownbear, Jipsy Magic, Tom Jones, Razorlight, and Esperanza were amongst some of them, I also got to see some comedy, and enjoy some great (and less great) food. I had some exotic burgers, falafel (you can't go to a festival without having falafel, somehow it just...doesn't...work!), and every morning I started my day by paying a visit to the porridge tent, were Bob the porridge man and his lovely colleagues served me breakfast. It was a great experience and I hope I get to go again next year, better start saving my silvers!
Have you been to any festival? Which one is your favourite?