Blackboard Cafe Varsity Lakes Gold Coast

Blackboard

Insight

With likes of Daark and Elk Espresso, Blackboard Varsity Lakes was one of the first trendy cafes to arrive on the Gold Coast.

Initially known for its coffee as being one the best around, Blackboard has develop into a great all round cafe known for its food and coffee. And the premises itself has grown to accommodate the business.

Although being a popular hang out for the local Bond University, Blackboard is as big as a destination venue with locals driving from all corners of the Gold Coast to visit.

Location

Blackboard is located in the trendy University suburb of Varsity Lakes.

20 minute drive from Surfers Paradise and 10 minutes from Robin Town centre and train station.

The Food

The food at blackboard Varsity Lakes certainly doesn’t disappoint. With our favourites being 16 hour beef brisket with corn bread and jalapeno hollandaise, or the potato hash with hollandiase and choice of toppings or the ever popular truffle scrambled eggs.

Breakfast rolls featuring pork belly is a neat change and glazed with maple is always a hit. Avocado mash with the added twists of spiced dukkah and house made lebnah. Its great to see popular dishes with modern twists.

Lighter options available are such as homemade granolas and fresh acai bowls give a fresh option.

The treat cabinet is just as fun with an ever changing selection of indulgent and healthy options. But the personal recommendations are the doughnuts.

Finer Details

Opening Hours

7 days

6am to 3pm

Website

Blackboard Varsity website

Socials

Address

7/240 Varsity Parade
Varsity Lakes QLD 4227
Australia

Lastly

With Blackboard being of the most popular and best cafes on the Gold Coast it couldn’t be left off our Best Cafes Gold Coast, Australia list.

With the cafe being slightly in land it’s a great stop on the way to Springbrook mountain and these two great day trips Purling Brook Falls and Natural Bridge. Fill the tummy up for a day of hiking.

Daark Espresso, Gold Coast, Australia

Daark Espresso

Insight

Set in your typical Queenslander building, Daark Espresso, Gold Coast has grown from a tiny 6 table boutique coffee shop serving snacks, to a newly refurb establishment busy cafe. With the luxury of now dining in or out on the lavish wrap around deck looking out at the morning sun. Making Daark one of the best cafes Gold Coast has to offer.

Although set away from the city centers and the beach Daark is always buzzing with a strong following from the local area and far beyond.

Location

Located in the ever growing and trendy Chirn Park area of the northern end of the Gold Coast.

5 minutes drive from Southport and a 15 minute drive to Surfers Paradise.

The Food

The food at Daark does not disappoint, with there typical favourites like Persian feta and crushed avocado toast, sweetcorn and zucchini fritters to the more elaborate dishes like southern fried chicken waffles.

Avo persian feta

Classics like eggs on toast, breakfast rolls and bagels also grace this diverse menu, with lighter options like banana bread or date and apricot bread add a little extra.

Sweet treats from the cabinet are as delicious as they look, with guilty pleasures and even healthier options available.

Daark was one of the pioneers of the coffee scene on the Gold Coast, and were the ones that set the standard for everyone else to follow. With the choice now of a specifically picked single origin roast.

Finer Details

Opening Hours

7 Days

6am to 3pm

Website

Daark Website

Socials

Address

41 Musgrave Avenue, Chirn Park, Labrador, Gold Coast, Qland, 4215

Lastly

Daark Espresso Gold Coast is a top café and features in our Best Cafes Gold Coast, Australia guide and rightly so.

Looking for a dinner venue in this area, well only 5 min drive and you reach the fantastic Can Tho Kitchen in Runaway Bay.

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
Time:
45 minutes
Difficulty:
Easy

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  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

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