Healthy Chocolate Granola

whole grain gluten free alternatives

Recently I got myself a little self care package of exciting foods to cook with. I ordered buckwheat having absolutely no clue what it was other than that it had high levels of magnesium.

Yesterday morning I tried it for the first time as ‘porridge’. It wasn’t porridge! Buckwheat kind of has the texture of brown rice when cooked and smells like sesame seeds. It was not what I expected in my breakfast foods and neither Luther nor I could get through our bowl.

Not to be disheartened I went on a search through the great expanse of the internet that is food blogs. I found two recipes that sounded tasty, easy, and most importantly like breakfast foods. (Well, that is a lie cause one of them is chocolatey goodness which I’ve been eating as a dessert but shhh).

The one I haven’t tried yet is Deliciously Ella’s raw buckwheat porridge. But anything that requires little effort in the morning is already a star in my books. I am so not a morning person.

The one I have tried is from My New Roots and I may have spent a few hours reading all of her posts ever last night…

This is Sarah’s Chunky Chocolate Buckwheat Granola.

buckwheat cereal

buckwheat breakfast

dessert breakfast granola

buckwheat granola buckwheat cereal

It is soooo good! And it uses buckwheat!! I made a half batch as there are only two of us in my little household and didn’t use any hazelnuts or coconut sugar. It was still sweet enough for me.

The dark chocolate flavour is perfect for satiating any chocolate cravings you might get and it is satisfyingly crunchy.

I am very much looking forward to trying to use my buckwheat in more granola variations.

Click here for the recipe.

xo Isabel

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Chocolate Coffee Muffins

I’m not sure if this is a controversial opinion but I don’t think Monday is the worst day of the week. It is Wednesdays.

On Monday I am all refreshed and ready to start a week. It is like a new slate. By Wednesday I am already sick of getting up so early and it is ages away to the weekend. I hate Wednesdays.

These are Wednesday muffins. They have coffee (vital) and chocolate (delicious) and will get you through the dreaded Wednesday morning.

mocha muffins




1 ½ cups flour
¾ cups sugar
¼ cup cocoa
1 ½ tsp baking powder
100g butter, melted
2 eggs
100ml milk
½ cup yoghurt
1 to 1 ½ cups ground coffee
Optional: 12 chocolate buttons

Preheat oven to 175°C.
Grease or line a muffin tray.


Whisk together dry ingredients in a large bowl (flour, sugar, cocoa and baking powder). 

Whisk together wet ingredients in a separate bowl (melted butter, eggs, yoghurt and milk).

Sprinkle the ground coffee over the dry ingredients. Pour over the wet ingredients and fold until it is just combined.

Spoon batter into the muffin tray and bake at 175°C for 12-14 minutes (or until the muffin tops springs back to the touch).

Optional: put a chocolate button on the top of each muffin prior to baking.











breakfast muffins i hate mondays

xo Isabel

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