Christmas was as busy as ever with a trip down to Cornwall to visit Will’s parents and of course a mandatory trip to the seaside on a glorious morning when the sun finally decided to come out for a brief appearance.
Seb had the chance to dip his toes in the chilly sea and have a run around on the golden sandy beach in Looe whilst Grumps chased after him / tried to keep up with him. A perfect way to spend Christmas Eve.
Christmas Day was a chilled out affair (other than a 40 minute HIIT session in the garage!) with lovely food, great company and Seb taking center stage opening up all his presents. Although once he opened up a present to reveal a Postman Pat van, it was hard to get him to open up anything else.
On Boxing Day we were back on the motorway to visit my side of the family, which is a rather different affair. With the immediate family now reaching 15 of us, it’s loud, busy and a lot of fun chaos! The tree is covered with an avalanche of presents that are delivered at a rapid pace by my niece and nephews (I think just so that they can get on with opening their own).
I was spoilt rotten with lots of clothes but there was a standout present hiding under the tree. As my sister said a couple of weeks ago, “Mum and Dad have hit it out the park with one of your Christmas presents.” And she was right.
I’ve spent the last few years writing this blog and admittedly over the last year I’ve become quite lax. Not because I’ve not been cooking or baking but sometimes you just get distracted and as Seb grows up, keeping him entertained can take up a lot of time. Excuses I know, but unfortunately, sometimes life just gets in the way of sitting down to write about what I’ve been making.
But, Mum and Dad managed to produce something that made the work I’ve put into the blog all the more worthwhile.
They gave me, ‘my first cookbook’.
All of the recipes from my blog printed to a publishers quality. My pictures beautifully displayed in a lovely hardback book. And all of my memories forever stored for me to leaf through and show to my kids when they are older.
It made me feel super proud of what I’ve produced, even if I only write this blog for me.
So thanks Mum and Dad, I’d definitely say you scored a home run. x
Blueberry chai breakfast muffins
These take minutes to whip up. They are great as an afternoon snack or for lunchboxes for kids and should get you over that afternoon slump when what you really want is a bar of chocolate or biscuit. A healthy alternative snack, although you’d never know it when they taste so delicious.
Makes 14-16 cupcake size muffins, or 10-12 larger muffins
150ml coconut oil, melted (can substitute for rapeseed oil)
300ml natural yoghurt
100ml maple syrup
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp baking powder
150g oats (pulsed to a smaller consistency if you are using large porridge oats, just don’t turn it into a flour!) , plus some spare to sprinkle on top
250g spelt flour
2 tbsp chai seeds (optional)
Preheat your oven to 180 degrees C and line your muffin tray with paper or silicone muffin / cupcake cases.
Add your eggs, coconut oil, natural yoghurt and maple syrup to a large bowl and whisk to combine all your ingredients.
Next add your dry ingredients including oats, flour, cinnamon and baking powder. Stir to combine so that all your ingredients are mixed well.
Add your blueberries and chai seeds and fold gently through the mixture so that you keep your blueberries whole which will result in pockets of bursting blueberries in your muffins.
Spoon your mixture into your cases to about ¾ full so that you leave some room for them to rise. Sprinkle on oats on the top of each muffin.
Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until they feel ‘firmish’ to touch. They should still have a bit of bounce to the sponge, you don’t want a rock! You could also insert a skewer but remember it won’t come out totally clean even when it’s done due to all those blueberries in there.
Leave to cool if you can manage it!
The muffins can be frozen once totally cooled and be rewarmed for a few minutes in the oven. If freezing, I’d suggest consuming them within 30 days, this shouldn’t be difficult!