Healthy Granola Recipe

It’s been ages since Ive posted a recipe. The thing is I’m so busy keeping you up to date with all the team building and conference activities, hen parties and cake making lessons there just aren’t enough hours in the day!

However, I’ve come up with this recipe and I just think it is too good not to share with you! It’s really healthy and we have it most mornings. Also the kids love it which is great as there is no sugar in it! Feel free to use whichever milk, nuts, seeds and sweetner you have in the store cupboard.

Ingredients:

1 tbsp Agave

1 tbsp Sunflower Oil

300 ml Rice Dream

500g Organic Rolled Oats

100g Cashew Nuts

2 tbsp Pumpkin Seeds

1 tbsp Chia Seeds

1 tbsp Desiccated Coconut

Preheat the oven to 170 degrees

Mix together the Agave, oil and milk. Pour into a large bowl. Add the oats into the bowl and mix until all oats are covered in liquid. Tip the oats into a large baking tin (it doesn’t need to be oiled) and spread evenly. Bake in the middle of the oven for 15 minus until it’s golden around the edges. Take out the tray and turn the mixture, pulling the edges into the centre. This will allow it to cook more easily. Bake for another 10 mins. Take the tray out and turn the mixture again and then spread on the nuts, seeds and coconut. Bake for another 7 minutes. Take out and allow to cool. Once cooled keep the granola in a kilner jar. It should last for a good couple of weeks although it doesn’t hang around for long in our house! Serve with yoghurt, rice dream and berries.

Kids Cake Making Birthday Party

Jessie is a really keen baker, so for her cake making birthday party she wanted to bake her own cake from scratch! As you can see she did a fantastic job doing every step herself (with a little help from her friends) weighing, creaming, mixing & beating. She basically had her own private baking class. I then taught her how to create a stunning pastel watercolour effect on the finished cake. Whilst the cake was baking I had the opportunity to teach her and her friends and cousins how to pipe gorgeous ruffles and swirls in a kids cake class. They did a fantastic job with their cupcake decorating. Especially considering some of them were only 6yrs old! They loved the taste of the buttercream icing and cream cheese frosting in a variety of gorgeous colours. They were super excited by the huge range of sprinkles we have. The unicorn sprinkles were a big hit! The girls left the class with a good bag of their own cupcake creation to take home and share with their families. They behaved beautifully and Jessie had the best time having learnt cake decorating as well as having had her own private baking class. And she had the wonderful sense of achievement of having made her own birthday cake to take home.

Ruffles, Flowers and Sugarpaste Private Lesson

Rosa really wowed me with her cake decorating during her cake workshop. She had just finished her patisserie diploma in Melbourne before she came to study with me. It was a real treat to do a cake class with someone so proficient. She really wanted to focus on advanced cake decorating rather that cake making and also to learn how to make fondant and sugar-paste roses and other decorations. So I created a bespoke cake class for her to cover everything in one go. She was able to get the hang of the buttercream roses, ruffles and petals very quickly and she loved the coffee, peach and pastels colour scheme that we worked with. She was also amazed by the technique we used for piping leaves just by cutting the piping bag into an appropriate shape. She was an absolute natural at piping buttercream flowers and quickly got the hang of the fondant and sugar-paste work. All in all I was totally wowed by what she achieved. As I’m sure you are when you look at these pictures. We had such a lovely time during her private cake lesson.