Granola Breakfast Cups

I am a total breakfast lover and these Granola Breakfast Cups are so fun to have first thing in the morning! They are super delicious, healthy and super fun to make! I usually whip up a batch the night before so I can add yoghurt and decorate them with fresh fruit the next morning!

Ingredients

Makes 6 cups

  • 1 large banana
  • 1/4th cup agave syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla powder
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 1/2 cups oats
  • coconut oil for greasing

Filling

  • Coconut yoghurt
  • Raspberries
  • Blueberries

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 180C.
  2. Place the banana in a bowl and mash until smooth.
  3. Then add the oats, agave syrup, vanilla powder and cinnamon and mix well.
  4. Grease the muffin tray with some coconut oil.
  5. Use a tablespoon to scoop in a spoonful of your granola mixture into each form then use your fingers to press the mixture down and up against the sides shaping them into the shape of the muffin tray creating a cup like figure.
  6. Once you have shaped 6 cups place them into the fridge for about 1 hour.
  7. After an hour place them into the oven for 15-20 min.
  8. Once they are slightly golden brown take them out of the oven and allow to cool.
  9. Once they have cooled down you can take your granola cups out of the muffin tray.
  10. At this point if you are making them for the next morning simply store them in an airtight box. Once you are ready to enjoy them use a tablespoon to scoop in some coconut yoghurt into each granola cup and top them off with fresh red fruit!

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Vegan Fluffy Banana Pancakes

 

The weekend calls for pancakes!

Whats a better way to wake up on Sunday morning to the smell of freshly made banana pancakes! These are the fluffiest and tastiest banana pancakes I have ever made, whilst still being healthy! You can whip them up in only 10 min and decorate them with whatever you like. I love them simple with slices of fresh banana, crushed pecans for a little crunch and a drizzle of maple syrup – yum!

 

Ingredients

  • 1 large banana
  • 2 tbsp agave syrup
  • 150 grams wheat flour
  • 170 ml almond milk
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil + extra for frying
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla powder
  • 1/2 tbsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt

Toppings:

  • Maple syrup
  • Pecans
  • Sliced banana

 

Method

  1. In a large bowl mix together the flour, cinnamon, vanilla powder, baking powder and salt.
  2. In a separate small bowl mash the banana and coconut oil together.
  3. Pour the smooth banana mixture into the large bowl and mix with the dry ingredients.
  4. Then add the agave syrup and almond milk and mix well until a smooth and thick mixture forms.
  5. Heat up a nonstick pan with a little coconut oil and pour in some of your pancake batter to form your first pancake! Fry them on each side until golden brown and make sure they had enough time to cook all the way through.
  6. Once they are ready serve your pancakes with some crushed pecans and sliced bananas and finish off by drizzling over some maple syrup!

 

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Cappuccino in the most picturesque square in Como – Posta Bistrot

 

When in Italy you’ll start your day with a cappuccino and end the day with an espresso to help digest dinner. Its that exact Italian routine that I find so charming. Taking that moment to either sit down (or most of the time stand at the bar) and order a coffee to then sip on and enjoy – a few moments of happiness that will keep Italians on their feet throughout the day.

However, when you are in Como and you do want to take the time to enjoy a moment of happiness by sipping on a coffee – then you have to go to Posta Bistrot where they serve one of my favourite cappuccino’s in the whole of Como.

Posta Bistrot is located on the most picturesque square right in the centre. They have a lovely interior however my spot is to sit outside on the terrace. Just imagine sitting under the shadow of the tree that grew its way through the wooden floor, feel the warm breeze on your skin, watching people walk by whilst sipping on your delicious and most flavoursome cup of coffee. I mean, a moment of pure happiness right?

 

What to have

 

The coffee of course! The espresso you get here is the most perfect espresso you will ever taste. This really is what a true espresso is supposed to taste like. Full of flavour, not watery, not bitter, just pure and short – simply amazing. However, in the morning or even in the afternoon a cappuccino is a must have, and they are absolutely amazing here. I always order a Soya Cappuccino which is truly out of this world. Smooth, full of deep flavours, no sugar needed as its slightly sweet of its own, but the coffee still overpowers the milk which makes the balance of flavours perfect.

For the non-vegans they serve all kinds of delicious daily made cakes, muffins and biscotti which you can dip in your coffee if you like!

 

Where to go

 

You can find this cute cafe in Piazza Alessandro Volta in Como and their opening times are 7am-10pm.

I honestly recommend you to stop here for a quick coffee or to enjoy some time on the terrace. Its a lovely spot – which is also great for an afternoon aperitivo!

 

 

 

 

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Vegan Burger in Como – Mystic Burger

 

When walking around in Como you’ll get lost in its fairytale labyrinth. On every corner there is a coffee bar and around lunch time the smell of Pasta Pomodoro fills the streets. However, when following your nose a little longer you’ll be pulled into another authentic side street in which you’ll find a cafe named Mystic Burger. This cafe doesn’t only look cute they also serve the most tasty vegan burger in the whole of Como.

 

What to have

You come here for a real burger experience and don’t you worry the Vegan Burger will give you the full package! Your first bite into this burger is a true mouthful. Whether you are vegan or not, when craving a burger you are looking for the whole experience. You want to use your hands, take a bite of a burger that should obviously be too big to fit in your mouth while the sauce slowly drips from the back onto your hands. You want to get down and dirty and believe me, this burger will tick all those boxes!

The Vegan Burger (€11,- with sides €14,-) consists of a vegetable patty, layered with a tomato & baked black olive salad, topped with a vegan fruit cheese and served in a homemade wholewheat bun. It’s a burger which is rich with lots of different flavours and textures. As you take a bite the vegan cheese will drip down your hands and the fresh flavour of the salad will kick in. Each bite is the combination of crunchy and fluffy textures. This includes the bread, it’s fluffy with a slight crunchy layer on the outside – super delicious!

The side dishes consist of fries and a freshly made salad. The fries look hand cut and are crispy from the outside while fluffy from the inside. Also to add a little healthy twist they serve it with a side salad of spelt, mixed veggies and beans. Its something I have never had as a side to a burger before, but I honestly love it. Its a little health kick that tastes amazing and even when ordering a kick-ass burger you also fuel your body with veggies – win win!

 

 

Where to go

 

Mystic Burger is open Tuesday to Sunday from 12:00-1:00 and closed on Monday. 

Their address is Via Diaz, 78/80 and it’s located in a cute street in the centre of Como.

You can sit inside but also outside on the terrace which is located opposite the cafe. Its a lovely spot in the middle of beautiful buildings, plus you can do some people watching whilst waiting for your ultimate burger to arrive!

 

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Home-made Sweet Almond Milk

I love this almond milk as its so creamy and nutty! I use it for baking, I add a splash in my coffee or I love to simply pour it over my Home-made Granola! Its even delicious just by itself, I always finish a big glass of it straight after I finished making it!

Almond milk is extremely healthy and its full of amazing vitamins. But its very hard to get a delicious and healthy almond milk in shops as its usually full of sugars and hardly any almonds have been used to make it. This is why its so good to make your own batch! Plus, its easy!

Ingredients

 

Makes one bottle

 

  • 2 large cups raw organic almonds
  • 8 cups water plus more for soaking
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla powder
  • 4 unpitted dates
  • Tiny pinch sea salt

 

Method

 

  1. Soak the almonds for at least 12 hours in a large bowl of water  with a pinch of sea salt. The longer you leave the almonds to soak, the creamier your milk will become!
  2. Drain the soaking water and rinse the almonds well.
  3. Place all the almonds in a blender and add the water, vanilla powder and dates.
  4. Blend this for about 2-3 minutes until the mixture is smooth and creamy! (Make sure you aren’t filling up your blender to the top as the almond mixture will expand so make sure it does not overflow)
  5. When blended pour the almond mixture into a large bowl through a cheesecloth.
  6. Once you have drained all the almond milk you have the almond flour left over – which you can dry in the oven and use it to bake something else delicious with!
  7. Pour your almond milk into a glass jar and make sure to close the lid when keeping it refrigerated!

 

 

 

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Sweet Matcha Smoothie

 

This green smoothie is the sweetest green smoothie you will ever taste! I love having it for breakfast as it’s absolutely delicious, refreshing and full of vitamins. The banana, dates and matcha in this smoothie will give you lots of energy which is perfect to start the day with! I also use spinach which is extremely low in calories and its full of vitamins and iron. Also adding a tablespoon of chia seeds will give you a boost of protein as a finishing touch! Healthy, sweet and yum! WIN WIN!

 

 

Ingredients

 

  • Splash almond milk
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 4 unpitted dates
  • 2 hand fuls frozen spinach
  • 1 teaspoon Matcha powder
  • Tablespoon chia seeds

 

Method

 

  1. Apart from the chia seeds place all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Add some extra almond milk if you think its a little too thick.
  2. Pour your smoothie into a glass and top it off with a tablespoon of chia seeds.

 

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