Healthy Vanilla Coconut & Cinnamon Granola Recipe

Granola is a great 'wake up' breakfast that can be easily thrown together from almost anything in your kitchen cupboard. With a delicious mix of nuts, seeds, dried fruit, oats and (typically) natural binding ingredients, its the perfect slow releasing energy boost to get you set for the day

Granola is one of those foods that's known to be 'healthy' however most packaged products these days contain unnecessarily high amounts of sugar, fats and oils that turn this healthy breakfast into calorific bowl of sugar.

I can't actually believe its taken me this long to share my recipe with you guys but i haven't actually made it in years! Baking your own granola means you can control exactly what goes into it, so its not only perfectly tailored to your taste but you can make it has healthy or as naughty as you like!

For my recipe i used as many natural ingredients as possible with no refined sugars or unnecessary sweeteners. It's up to you what types of nuts, seeds or fruits you'd like to add but for me a simple mix of Omega 3 seeds, grains and whole almonds was what i found lying around in my kitchen cupboards with a tasty infusion of coconut and cinnamon.

2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
1 cup Mixed Nut & Seeds or even dried fruit (your choice)
3 Tbsp Runny Honey
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
2 cups Rolled Oats
3 Tbsp Cacao powder (optional)
2 Tsp Cinnamon (or also add ginger, nutmeg, cloves and all spice for a gingerbread taste!)

Prep the oven and set to 190C
Combine all the ingredients together in a mixing bowl and use your hands to mix/ melt the coconut oil
Pop into an oven proof dish (to make chunky granola) or space out on a baking tray (for a loose granola)
Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown, stirring occasionally every 5 minutes
Remove from oven and add your chosen spice (added post-bake for a fresher taste)
Mix together then set aside to cool
Once cool, serve and pop the remainder of the granola into an air tight jar which will keep for weeks!

Beki Xo
Silk Fibre Brow Enhancer Review (*)

Silk fibres have become a popular ingredient used in more newbie makeup products, typically known for lengthening lashes they’re now thickening brows for a more bold, fuller look.  

Although I’m not one for the Cara Delevigne look, eye brows play a big part in makeup application and for me I like to ‘fill in the gaps’ and create a more defined brow. I do have my favourites but I’m always on the hunt to find products that can give me more defined brows in one smooth sweep.

The Silk Fibre Brow Enhancer is promoted as being brush on brow extensions to thicken, lengthen and fill in to create the perfect brows. The product itself contains hundreds of tiny fibres mixed combined with a finely milled powder in your chosen shade.

The shades themselves are a lot darker than they look so I chose the ‘light shade’ which you’d assume would be for dark blondes but came up more of a warm chocolate brown. The shade did match quite well however I prefer more of a cool toned brown to match my skin tone.

I applied the product in small sweeps along the shape of my eye brow in which the fibres appeared to cling to the hairs and the powder (surprisingly) didn’t drop. It was however quite hard to be precise with the application as the doe footed applicator is quite chunky for shaping the arch of the brow. I also found it a little difficult to create that ideal transition of thickness from the inner to the outer corner of the brow but the overall result still appeared quite natural.

This product is great for those who prefer a more naturally thick brow with soft definition or to use to thicken/ fill in the gaps after using a pencil or a gel. But for me I'd still need to use my favorite Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade to shape before using the Silk Fibre Brow Enhancer.

Beki Xo
Skirt-Primark, Shoes-H&M, Top-NewLook, Necklace-Rings&Tings,Watch-Primark, Bag-Primark, Sunglasses-H&M

This has to be one of the most Primark savvy outfits that I've pieced together in a long time however the gingham skirt has been stuck (unworn) on a hanger in my wardrobe for almost a year. 

Hands up who's purchased an item of clothing that looks amazing on someone else but you don't 'love' it on yourself? Well those are the items that (if they're cheap enough) I tend to store in my wardrobe for the day when i remember i own it, pull it from the back of my wardrobe and miraculously love it. That item (Ladies and Gentlemen) is this Primark gingham pleated midi skirt! 

It has to be only one of few patterned pieces of clothing that i own and its so easy to wear. I recently dressed it up wearing black heeled sandals, a chiffon cold shoulder top and a statement necklace but then its also so comfortable to wear on Summer days with a pair of comfy sandals! 

Beki Xo

Top 20 Confessions of a Blogger

I've been wanting to write up a fun blog post that pokes fun at us bloggers and our habits for so long and I've finally gathered 20 things that myself and most other Bloggers can confess to doing... 

1. Not using/reviewing a product until we’ve photographed it first
2. When we’re out in a restaurant: ‘Wait, don’t eat anything, let me Instagram it first’
3. Pretending we have a blogging schedule when really, most of us only end up writing up a blog post the night before it goes live (yes, this too was written last night)
4. Our bathrooms look pretty much like the clearance section of a drugstore
5. Saving up photographs to post on Instagram for the day when you’re actually lying around in the PJ’s with unwashed hair and yesterday’s panda eyes
6. Tweeting about our most recent blog post on Twitter and deleting the previous tweet that also promotes it. Spam? We don't spam.
7. Wearing those amazing shoes you bought for an outfit post but never again in ‘real life’ because they are ‘killers’
8.Rarely checking our Facebook page because who uses Facebook anymore, does anyone even follow our page?
9.Having an over flowing drawer of beauty products that we reviewed, disliked and probably won’t use again but hoard it just in case…
10. Pretending we use Google Analytics but rarely checking it
11.We would rather let our food get cold because rearranging the space for a pretty Instagram photo is totally worth it
12. Wearing a hat in outfit posts because honestly? Sometimes it pulls the outfit together but sometimes we just can’t be bothered to do anything with our hair
13. Wondering if we too should take up yoga just because it seems to be a ‘blogger thing’ to do
14. Posting Instagram photos in a certain order to keep our feed looking clean, pretty & tidy
15. Constantly wanting to switch up our blog home page – it’s just never quite right.
16. Carrying around a note book for creative new blog ideas but never actually using it
17. Visiting flower stalls to take photos of Peony’s but we never actually purchase anything
18. Posting too many Pinterest quotes
19. Using ‘I need to buy (insert product name) so I can review it on my blog’ as an excuse for a trip to Boots
20. Sneakily checking #PRRequest and #JournoRequest on Twitter, knowing it’s only filled with ‘blogger wants a freebie for a gift post’ request. 

Beki Xo
The Face Moisturiser Low Down: Top 5

I've tried and tested my fair share of moisturisers, from the over priced (of course i bought it discounted) to the £1 miracle creams shouted about in the magazine articles. But to be honest the price of a moisturiser doesn't always reflect the benefit of its contents. So what moisturisers are hanging around in my skincare drawer and which ones do i alternate between?

Sukin Facial Moisturiser
This is my current and most favourite daily facial moisturiser. A vegan friendly, light weight face cream that contains natural ingredients such as rose hip oil, wheat germ, jojoba, aloe vera, avocado oils, nettle and burdock that aid in soothing, hydrating and protecting the skin. One pea sized amount is enough smooth over the whole face to leave it feeling smooth and plump. The scent is very natural and botanical with a medium consistency that has a light weight feel.

Bioactive Skincare Manuka Honey Cream
A moisturiser I tend to reach for when my skin is in need of rescuing from an unhealthy weekend or environmental effects. This botanical formulation contains organic Manuka honey, aloe vera, almond, shea butter, cocoa butter, beeswax, liquorice and vitamin E that aid in the repair of dry, damaged or sensitive skin. This cream can be used anywhere on the body but I find it works incredibly well on facial sunburn or a dry t-zone.  The scent is sweet but not too pungent and the cream works into the skin beautifully leaving a soft, non sticky feel.

Insta Natural Vitamin C Moisturiser
A true Spring/ Summer moisturiser that contains ingredients such as Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid, Peptides and Plant stem cells. These ingredients not only renew your skin from post UV damage but they also help to reduce signs of ageing such as wrinkles, age spots and dryness. On application the cream works very much like an SPF sun block (however it does contain hyaluronic acid so it definitely isn’t a sunblock!) with a thick white consistency that needs massaging well into the skin but once your skin begins to drink the ingredients up its leaves it looking and feeling soft, smooth and can be used as the perfect primer base for makeup.

Garnier Moisturiser Match Hydrating Gel
Part of Garniers Moisture Match range this hydrating gel is for those with dull skin who want to hydrate and give their skin a natural glow. The gel is a thick consistency which once warmed up (when massaging into the face) it almost turns into a facial serum that leaves a healthy glow. Surprisingly it is non sticky and leaves the skin feeling fresh, awake and ready for the day. I like to alternate between moisturisers and find this best suited for Summer days where you want to look and feel fresh and healthy whilst wearing little to no makeup.

Garnier Moisture Match Mattifying Cream
My skin is very much in the combination catagory and tends to alternate between being oily and a dry. For those days where my t zone is a little more oily I like to use the Garnier Moisture Match Mattifying Cream perfect for those with normal to oily skin. I’d say it’s very much like your average moisturiser with the added benefit of a semi matt finish. To rid oily skin you need to keep it hydrated and most people forget that, this cream nourishes and hydrates whilst adding that photoshop blur look to the skin. 

Beki Xo
Yankee Candle - Ginger Dusk (*)

Introducing my new favourite fragrance, the Yankee Candle Ginger Dusk scented candle. Imagine a warm Summers evening relaxing outside, sipping a ginger beer and waiting for the fresh washing to air dry on the line whilst you plan your next weekend adventure. This is exactly the sort of imagination that this little jar of scented gold conjurs up.

This limited edition candle from Yankee Candle has a warming fresh ginger spice with sharp notes of citrus and smooth undertones of crisp clean linen.

I've been lighting this candle in the evenings both in living room and the bedroom. The aromatherapy like fragrance is relaxing and energising, so its perfect to light when you want to recharge your batteries.

The scent of the candle itself is (like all Yankee Candles) strong without being to pungent. It quickly fills a room leaving a noticable yet comfortable aroma with a hint of spice. It's one of those candles that welcomes guests and creates a tranquil atmosphere.

Beki Xo

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