Home made chocolate milk and granola

I came home again on Friday night because I am moving house in London, and I have collected a LOT of extra clothes and shoes that I don’t really wear, the only way I can see me smoothly moving across London on my own meant taking lots of things home.

Usually my ‘long’ training run when I am in London is on a sunday (due to attending a club run), but back home we always do saturdays, so arriving home on Friday night I always prep a nice breakfast. If you keep up to date with my posts, you will have seen my usual pre long run breakfast of overnight oats.. I fancied a change this weekend, so made some cocoa granola to have over my favourite healthy ice-cream (recipe can be found on the same post about breakfasts!)

To make 2 small or one large portions of cocoa granola:

1 handful crushed wallnuts

1 handfull flaked almonds

2 tbsp flaked coconut

1 tbsp sunflower seeds

2 tbsp honey

2 tbsp coconut oil

1.5 cups of oats

1 tbsp cocoa powder

2 tbsp coconut milk

Simply mix all the ingredients together so that everything has been covered by the cocoa, coconut oil, coconut milk and honey, then bake for 30 mins and 160 degrees.

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Instead of one of our usual loops with our run group, we decided to tag along a Barracuda run (the club we are technically members of). We knew everyone that was there, and did a new 16 mile loop on the trails back to a lovely windmill cafe for tea and eggs. I found the run really tough – I don’t know if it is just taking me some time to recover from my injury or it was just quite a tough run, either way the sun was out, and it ended up being such a nice social run.

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After I came home I was really craving something sweet, plus I have also read so many things that have stated the benefits of chocolate milk post exercise, something to do with it having the ideal carbohydrate to protein ratio, which is essential to to refuel damaged or tired muscles. I decided to make my own natural and healthy chocolate milk:

2 cups of coconut milk

1 heaped tbsp cocoa powder

3 dates

1 tsp honey

Blend the ingredients in a good blender, I like to use a Nutribullet when I am home, but when I am back in london my cheaper alternative is Breville and still does the job!

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After enjoying the milk.. Its time to go clean the trail shoes!!….

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Em x

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