Banana Bread Porridge (Vegan)

The days are getting shorter.

The nights are getting longer.

And every day, it’s becoming a little bit harder to gather the strength to get out of bed as soon as the alarm rings.

But worry not – I know just the trick.

Banana Bread Porridge (VG) • Breakfast Recipe • Cake + Whisky

Cake for breakfast with a healthy twist. That’s the trick.

Exibit A – my banana bread porridge.

Banana Bread Porridge (VG) • Breakfast Recipe • Cake + Whisky

Warming, comforting, stuffed with fruit, fibre and bags of potassium, banana bread porridge is the ultimate brekkie to peel awesome all autumn long!

Take that, SAD!

Banana Bread Porridge (VG) • Breakfast Recipe • Cake + Whisky

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More cake-inspired breakfast recipes

Cranberry bakewell porridge (V, VG & GF options)

Lemon drizzle porridge (V, VG & GF options)

Sticky toffee porridge (VG, GF option)

Cranberry oatmeal cake (V)

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Banana Bread Porridge (Vegan)

Blackcurrant & Apple Bircher Muesli (Vegan)

I am not a morning person.

No matter how early I go to bed, or how long I sleep, leaving my bed is always a challenge and I’m the kind to hit the snooze button several times in a row, every single morning.

Blackcurrant & Apple Bircher Muesli (Vegan, Dairy Free) • Recipe • Cake + Whisky

Needless to say that, the ol’ ‘sleeping a few more minutes vs breakfast’ dilemna isn’t really a thing in my house.

It’s sleeping all the way.

Until the very last minute.

Then running around like a headless chicken trying to get showered/dressed/tooth-brushed.

And -if I’ve been organised enough- grabbing a jar of homemade bircher muesli from the fridge before running out of the door to make it to the office on time.

Blackcurrant & Apple Bircher Muesli (Vegan, Dairy Free) • Recipe • Cake + Whisky

As far as I’m concerned, bircher muesli is a bit of a life (and growling belly come 10am) saver.

Blackcurrant & Apple Bircher Muesli (Vegan, Dairy Free) • Recipe • Cake + Whisky

It takes minutes to make (and you can do it while watching TV and then there’s nothing left to do in the morning!).

Plus it’s super healthy (hello, protein, complex carb, good fat and vitamin powerhouse!) and SOOOO satisfying.

Quite honestly the berry best on-the-go breakfast around!

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More make-ahead breakfast recipes

Paleo Granola (V, GF)

Lemon Drizzle Porridge (Vegan, dairy free, GF)

Cranberry Oatmeal Cake (V)

Blackcurrant & Apple Bircher Muesli (Vegan)

Cranberry Bakewell Porridge

There are days when the best thing you should really just stay in bed. And I’m afraid today is one of those days.

First of all, it’s Monday. And I don’t care how many inspirational quote are in my Insta feed, Mondays suck.

But today is some sort of next level Monday because TUBE STRIKE!!

I don’t take the tube, so it really shouldn’t matter all that much, if it wasn’t for the fact that the buses are fucking packed and I wasted an hour of my time waiting to see if one of them would stop at my bus stop to let people in and NOP, NOT GONNA HAPPEN, YOU CAN JUST WALK ACROSS ALL OF LONDON YOU FOOL.

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That said, as with all suck-y morning, there are some silver linings, including getting to go back home for breakfast in bed while browsing through emails.

Cranberry Bakewell Porridge (healthy, vegan) | Cake + Whisky

And when said breakfast happens to be a vibrant bowl of Cranberry Bakewell Porridge, it makes up for the suckiest of mornings.

Cranberry Bakewell Porridge (healthy, vegan) | Cake + Whisky

Inspired by the classic British dessert, it’s indulgent yet healthy.

Cranberry Bakewell Porridge (healthy, vegan) | Cake + Whisky

Packed full of breakfast-y goodness, vegan and ready in minutes, it’s the best day to start the day on a berry good note!

Cranberry Bakewell Porridge (healthy, vegan) | Cake + Whisky

Cranberry Bakewell Porridge (serves 1)

Ingredients: 

  • 30g porridge oats
  • 1 tbsp ground almonds
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup (+ more for serving)
  • seeds for 1/2 vanilla pod
  • 250ml water or milk
  • small handful fresh or frozen cranberries (swap for 10-12 ripe cherries in season, stone removed)
  • 8-10 almonds, roughly crushed

1. In a small pan, put the cranberries, 1 tbsp maple syrup and a few tbsp of water. Cook for a few minutes until you get a jammy texture. Set aside.

2. In a small pot, mix together the porridge oats, ground almonds, 1 tbsp maple syrup, vanilla seeds and 250ml water/milk. Cook on medium heat, stirring continuously until it thickens (add more water if necessary).

3. Pour the porridge into a bowl, top with the cranberry ‘jam’ and the crushed almonds and serve immediately.

Cranberry Bakewell Porridge

Christmas Granola

In case you haven’t already guessed, I love Christmas. As in LO-O-OVE it.

As far as I’m concerned, December is all about packing in as much of the festive spirit as possible.

Christmas Granola | Cake + Whsiky

Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and every meal inbetween is basically one long succession of warm, spicy, festive goodness.

This Christmas granola is no exception.

Christmas Granola | Cake + Whsiky

Full of crunchy, nutty, fruity goodness, it’s as festive as the smell of pine trees and the taste of the season’s first mince pie.

Christmas Granola | Cake + Whsiky

It’s packed full of Christmas spices, and the maple syrup gives it a lovely crunch without the overly-sweet taste of most granolas.

Christmas Granola | Cake + Whsiky

This Christmas granola the perfect thing to have in the cupboard to keep the festive spirit alive from breakfast onward.

If you are hosting people over the festive period, make an extra-big batch so your guests can help themselves to brekkie even if you’re still in bed.

Christmas Granola | Cake + Whsiky

Presented in Kilner jars decorated with pretty ribbons and handmade labels, it also makes for a great gift.

Oh, it’s the quickest way to make the whole house smell like Christmas. Win-win-win!

Christmas Granola | Cake + Whsiky

Christmas Granola (for one big batch, about 6/8 servings)

Ingredients:

  • 200g rolled oats
  • 50ml maple syrup
  • zest of 1 organic orange
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg powder
  • big handful almonds
  • small handful walnuts
  • handful raisins
  • handful dried cranberries
  • 1 tbsp chopped dried apricots

1. Pre-heat your oven to 180°C (gas mark 6).

2. Using a mortar & pestle or a big knife, roughly chop the nuts.

3. In a big bowl, mix together the oats, nuts, cinnamon, nutmeg and orange zest. Pour in the maple syrup and mix until it just about gets together (add a bit of water if necessary).

4. Place the mix onto a big oven tray and bake for about 20 min or until golden.

5. Sprinkle the dried fruit on top and let it cool completely before transfering into an air-tight container.

Christmas Granola