Healthy Granola Recipe

What Is Granola

Granola is a breakfast item consisting of rolled oats normally mixed with a sweetener like say honey or a syrup and normally nuts. This mix is then slowly baked in the oven making it crunchy. And that is where the fun begins as once its baked and cooled you can add whatever you like to it. For us we like to make a healthy granola recipe but it doesn’t always have to be that way.

Our Favourite Breakfast

If your like us and you like a nice crunchy granola in the morning then look no further than this lovely homemade healthy granola recipe. Even better we have added no sugars making it a much better and healthier alternate.

You would find a lot of store bought ones would be very sweet and have high sugar contents. This one surely doesn’t we use rice malt syrup and use the natural sweetness of the dried fruits to gently sweeten the granola without adding any sugar at all.

This is just a base recipe add to it what you like. we like like to simply add fresh strawberries, blueberries and Greek natural yoghurt. But the choices are endless , try different fruits and combinations and find the best ones.

The granola will last 4-5 weeks if keep correctly in an airtight container and away from sunlight. preferably in a pantry or cupboard.

So here it is our healthy granola recipe.

The Recipe

The Recipe

Serving Size:
appox 10 servings
45 minutes


  • 500g Oats
  • 60ml Coconut oil
  • 80ml of rice malt syrup or date syrup
  • 75g Slithered Almonds
  • 30g Cranberries
  • 30g Goji berries
  • 50g Raisins
  • pinch of Cinnamon or more to taste


  1. Mix all ingredients other than the dried fruit into a large mixing bowl. Coat oats generously.
  2. on a flat baking tray place oats and bake at 160 degrees for 30 minutes mixing every 10 minutes.
  3. Remove from oven and allow to cool add dried fruits when cooled but still warm.

And its as simple as that thanks for stopping by. If you try let us know how it went and tag us in our social media links below we would love to see how you got on.

Fan of healthy food? Check out our Banana bread recipe here Banana Blueberry and walnut bread

Simple Thai Style Sauce

Table of contents

A run down

Short on time well this simple Thai style sauce i make is as easy and as quick as it can be. We use it a Thai stir fry sauce but even a great base sauce for for many a oriental dish’s. And it really is so simple.

We use a hand blender which has a chopping bowl attachment on it (seen in pictures) but any normal household blender or food processor will be fine.

I always try to make the night before and leave it in the fridge allowing the aromatic flavours of some of these ingredients to infuse Overnight. Its ok to hold for 4 -5 days and we often would do 2 different dishes throughout the week with it.


Top Tip 1: Play around with the spice i use birds eye chilis which are hot and fragrant ( I love the spice) but a long red mild chili maybe be better to start with, if you not to familiar with spice.

Top Tip 2 : The recipe calls for the juice of 1 lime when extracting juice cut lime in half and gentle heat in a bowl in a microwave for 30 seconds. The heat will release the natural juices even more making it easier to extract

So here it is our simple Thai style sauce

The Recipe

All you need

Serving Size:
Makes 2 stir fry or noodle dishes
5-7 Minutes


  • 1 Red Chili (your choice spice)
  • Ginger
  • Coriander
  • Dried Lemongrass
  • Dried Lime Leaves
  • Garlic
  • Sesame oil
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tin Coconut milk
  • Peanut Butter


  1. First is to make the paste. In a blender, blend chilli, ginger, coriander, dried lemongrass, dried lime leaves, garlic and sesame. until paste.
  2. Empty tin of coconut milk and peanut butter into blender and blend again.
  3. Add the juice of one lime
Base ingredients
Blend ingreients
Add remaining ingredients
The sauce

And there you have it a simple and quick Thai sauce great as a Thai stir fry sauce or a substitute to a pad Thai sauce.

Want to read some more food related post by us then check out our food section Food Archives – Chalk & Cheese Travels.

Fancy a lovely Thai soup recipe we came across this the other day on Pinterest and loved it Northern Thai Style Coconut Soup


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Banana and Blueberry Bread

Banana and Blueberry Bread

Swerving away from actual travel to bring a tempting and lovely Banana Blueberry Bread recipe. Being a chef myself i think its time to start sharing a few recipes from my travels.

A lovely moist guilt free recipe from my time in Australia at a popular cafe I worked at. No sugar, flour or butter but taste as good as if it was suppose to be naughty.

Enjoy a slice of this Banana blueberry bread with a fresh cuppa.

Top Tip: The addition of blueberries add great health benefits with its great source of antioxidants and helping to naturally sweeten this sugar free bread.


Serving Size:
1 Slice
Prep 15 minutes
Cook 60 – 70 Minutes


  • 325g Organic Porridge Oats
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 ripened bananas (must be ripened or at least soft)
  • 200g Blueberries
  • 250g Greek yoghurt
  • 100g crushed Walnuts
  • 3 Eggs


  1. Make sure of a preheated over of 180 c and line a loaf tin with parchment paper.
  2. In a bowl mix oats, crushed walnuts, baking powder and a pinch of salt
  3. in seperate bowl mash up banana with a fork add to a food processor with the 3 eggs and blend until it forms a smooth consistency. Stir in Greek yoghurt
  4. Add the banana mixture to your Oats and walnuts mix and mix well until it is all combined.
  5. Fold in blueberries
  6. Pour mixture into lined tin
  7. Baking for 1 hour
  8. Test if cooked you can put a wooden skewer in the center of the loaf and pull out if wet mixture comes out baked until almost dry center.
  9. Make sure when cooked the loaf in taken out of tin and placed on wire rack to cool

A delightful guilt free loaf to have at home with a cup of tea on to pack in a lunch box for on the go.

We have recipes like our Simple Thai Style Sauce and Healthy Homemade Granola Recipe

Let us know how you go and any feedback or any think you change let us know we would love to hear. show us your banana bread recipe

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World Food

World Food

One of my favorite reasons to travel is the love of finding new cuisines. Being a chef myself I love learning and trying new dishes, techniques and flavours. We travel the world and have been on a world food journey for years.

Whether it be a Michelin Star meal in a classy hotel in Hong Kong or on the go off a street food vendor in Ho Chi Minh City there is always something different to try.

Here is a list of some of my favourite dishes by country we have visited

Our List


Banh Xeo a Vietnamese pancake with prawns, bean sprouts and lots of fresh herbs and lettuce. Its a simply done dish but packs fragrance and freshness which it just what Vietnam does and does well.

Popular on the streets and in restaurants its a staple in Vietnam

Hong Kong

Bao Buns – We had a crispy chicken bao bun from a little restaurant called Little Bao succulent and delicious well worth a try if you are in that region. The Bao bun is made from lotus leaf although it originates from the streets of Taiwan is very big in Hong Kong and around the world.

South Africa

Slow cooked Springbok – This was delicious very gamey red meat almost like Venison very lean meaning very good for you.

Bali Indonesia

Nasi goreng – If you been to Bali then well there is a high chance you have had Nasi Goreng. Nasi Goreng meaning (fried rice in Indonesian) is tasty and delicious different in a way that is uses a sweet soy (Kecap Manis) and slightly smokey flavor making it different from something such as a Chinese fried rice.

New York

Deli Pastrami Sandwich – Now this is a big thumbs up pastrami, cheese add a few pickles, salads and mustard between bread and well your in heavan and then followed by food coma as they tend to be huge. Nothing else to say on this one but TRY IT!!!


Beef and well you guessed it Guiness stew – If there two things the Irish do well is beef and of course Guiness add them together and it a match made in heavan.


Sausage and Mash – You cant beat a good pork Sausage pack it full of fresh sage and onions and a onion gravy and it would make me happy as Larry.

I better stop that list there or I will go on all day long we will maybe do another list soon of some the other places we have been to.

Cooking Classes

Another thing we like to do is learn of locals me and my wife always like doing cooking courses whilst we are away. We have done them in Vietnam, Bali and Hong Kong and learnt so much.

I get great enjoyment out of it, its a great way to learn new cuisines, great way to meet locals and also great way to meet other people with similar interests.

I remember Vietnam especially we learnt 3 courses and at the end the 10 of us sat down and ate what we created and chatted over a few bottles of wine, which for us its why we love food as it is to be enjoyed by all and bring everyone together.

Final Advice

I Think it is always good to seek out advice before you go and find out exactly what locals eat and where they eat as I believe the food is tastier and well a hell of a lot cheaper than the hotels etc.

I find TripAdvisor ok but if you can before you go try and get into a local facebook group of that area and see if you can get some tips from them or if you know a friend of a friend from a certain area research in those areas.

Thanks for stopping by and reading World Food Journey. Below is a list of some of our previous foody posts we have done.

Eating From Locals When Travelling

Ho Chi Minh Food journey

Hong Kong Restaurants

New York Food

Don’t forget to leave your comments. if you have any tips yourself or any favourite cuisines let us know.

Banh Xeo ( Vietnamese Rice Cake) Recipe

Bánh Xèo

We have decided to start posting a few recipes from local dishes around the world I have picked up over my travels. Being a chef myself I love picking up new and fresh ideas and first up we will go with the Vietnamese pancake bánh xèo recipe.

Food from Vietnam is divine here is one of my favourite Vietnamese dishes to try. Bánh xèo or crispy Vietnamese pancakes dish does not disappoint and your be wanting more and a bit more. The use of fresh herbs and bean sprouts in the dish really give it a great texture and flavour.


Bánh xèo  is a crispy, stuffed rice pancake popular in Vietnam. Bánh mean cake while xèo means sizzle. The name refers to the loud sound the rice batter makes when it is poured into the hot skillet. It is a savoury fried pancake made of rice flour, water, and turmeric powder.

Where To Eat

I remember my first experience of bánh xèo, in the Ben Tahn Markets in Ho Chi Minh City. Such great texture, flavour and freshness. Other popular spots to find these where on the street food scene of Ho Chi Minh City, a very popular street food item for the city.

We also tried them at a favourite Vietnamese spot of ours on the Gold Coast a restaurant called Can Tho Kitchen. It was just like being transported back to Vietnam itself

Ingredients For Bánh Xèo

Serves: 4 


  • 160g rice flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric powder
  • 240ml coconut milk
  • 120ml water


  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil,
  • 1 diced onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced, or more to taste
  • 350g fresh prawns, peeled and deveined
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce, or more to taste
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Picked coriander bunch
  • 50g diced spring onion
  • 450g bean sprouts
  • 1 bunch thai basil
  • 1/2 bunch mint
  • 4 lettuce leaves, or as needed


  1. Mix rice flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt and turmeric together in a large bowl. Beat in coconut milk to make a thick batter. Slowly beat in water until batter is the consistency of a thin crepe batter.
  2. Heat 1 1/2 tablespoon oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic; cook and stir until soften but not browning, 1 to 2 minutes. Add prawns; saute until cooked through and opaque, 3 to 4 minutes. Season with fish sauce, lime juice and salt. Transfer filling to a bowl.
  3. Preheat oven to 110 C / Gas ¼.
  4. Wipe the pan and reheat over medium heat. Add remaining 1 1/2 teaspoon oil. Stir crepe batter and pour 1/2 mug into the hot pan, swirling to coat the bottom. Lay 3 or 4 of the cooked prawns on the bottom half of the crepe. Top with a small handful of beansprouts, coriander, thai basil, mint and spring onions. Cook until batter looks set and edges start to brown, about 1 minute. Fold crepe over and slide onto an oven-safe plate.
  5. Place crepe in the preheated oven to keep warm. Repeat with remaining batter and filling.
  6. Serve lettuce leaves alongside filled crepes. Break off pieces of crepe and roll up in lettuce leaves to eat.

Enjoy let us know how it goes

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