Sunday, 10 August 2014

Snickerdoodle Granola & Belladrum

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!

Snickerdoodle Granola
(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)
100g oats
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'!), 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?

Original souce:

- Jules


  1. That snickerdoodle granola looks awesome! And the festival sounds like a cool experience...I've never been to one before, but it sounds like something I'd have to seek out someday :)

    1. Good morning! And thanks, I can't stop snacking on that granola, so good! :D It was my second festival, three nights in a tent, hah! I can tell you it was good to come back home yesterday, although I found my bed to be too soft and thus couldn't sleep very well, sod's law :P Festivals are amazing though, you should definitely look into going to one, of better yet - one over here in Scotland :D x

  2. I will SO make this for my man!! He's not grain free like myself and works out in the mornings so THIS is the perfect breakfast for him! You can never have too many breakfast ideas.

    Looking forward to seeing photos from the festival!! Good luck with your new job, Jules, I hope you'll love it!!

    1. Thank you so much again Rose! This has a lot of nuts and seeds through it, so much goodness packed into it despite being a simple recipe :D I reckon he'll like it a lot :) For the future, there'll be loads more breakfast recipes as I wont have as much time in the evenings for cooking now with my kitchen job! But on days off, I will definitely try and cook up a little storm at home ;) I hope you have a great day ^ ^

  3. God morgen :)
    Det hørtes ut som en veldig vellykket festivalhelg!
    Mmm kan tenke meg det luktet godt i leiligheten din når dette granolaen ble bakt. Kanel ♡ Er i så høststemning for tiden, og da hører gode lukter fra kjøkkenet med synes jeg.
    håper du får en fin dag. Her startet dagen kl 5 med en god studieøkt før S våknet nå nettopp. Stolt :D
    Klem til deg

    1. Oj, var tidlig på'an du da som de sier i Bergen, høhø! Så fint at du hadde en produktiv dag, det er så godt når en får ting ut av veien syns jeg. Selv hadde jeg fri i dag, så jeg var en tur i svømmehallen. Jer ikke mye til svømmer, men øvelse gjør mester sies det! Også er det en bedre trening for meg nå som jeg står hele dagen på jobb!
      Mmmm ja, kjenner jeg er litt i høst stemning jeg også, men granola er da alltid godt uansett! Ville absolutt anbefalt denne :) Kjempegodt med den karamell-smaken! Håper du og Sidikou har en finfin dag videre, må kose dere :) <3