Making breakfast beautiful with La Juniper – and delicious homemade granola

A dinner party, coffee, tea,
Sandwich, or supper, all may be
In their way pleasant. But to me
Not one of these deserves the praise
That welcomer of new-born days,
A breakfast, merits; ever giving
Cheerful notice we are living
Another day refreshed by sleep,
When its festival we keep.
Now although I would not slight
Those kindly words we use ‘Good night’,
Yet parting words are words of sorrow,
And may not vie with sweet ‘Good Morrow’,
With which again our friends we greet,
When in the breakfast-room we meet,
At the social table round,
Listening to the lively sound
Of those notes which never tire,
Of urn, or kettle on the fire.
From ‘Breakfast’ by Mary Lamb
sea breeze miniature bowl and pourer set


Since I’ve been on maternity leave and have had the luxury of time in the morning, preparing breakfast (or ‘brexit’ as my 2 year old calls it) has become one of my favourite parts of the day. I go all out, using up more pots and pans than I possibly need, and making a mess all over the kitchen. We have porridge, pancakes topped with yoghurt and fruit, toast with pan fried cherry tomatoes and balsamic vinegar.. but one of my favourite, most comforting breakfasts is my homemade granola. It’s so simple to prepare, and can be made in the evening and kept for the days ahead. (I’m not sure how long, it always gets eaten up pretty quickly here!)




When I was contacted by the lovely ‘La Juniper’ and asked if I would like to review some items from their beautiful online shop, their kitchen and dining ranges immediately jumped out at me. I recently heard someone say that having beautiful tools makes a job so much more enjoyable, be it beautiful stationery for your work – or, as in this case, beautiful cookware for your kitchen!


Seabreeze oven proof dish


Sea breeze pourer, bowl and mug


The range I chose is called ‘Sea Breeze’ – I can just imagine using this at a holiday cottage overlooking the coast. Every piece is individually designed and made in the UK and inspired by nature and the elements – it is designed to make everyday living that little bit special, and it certainly does that! What’s more, it is all ovenproof and dishwasher safe.


My order from La Juniper arrived within a few days of ordering via Royal Mail. It was very well packaged – the miniature bowl and pourer set came in a gift box tied with ribbon. I also thought everything was so reasonably priced.


Here are the items featured…



La Juniper doesn’t just sell kitchenware, you will also find jewellery, homeware, gifts for children, teas, scented candles, and more! La Juniper aims to celebrate homes and gift giving with their focus on conscientious consumerism. They work with British designer makers and support ethical craftsmanship from other countries. The beautiful linen napkins are made in Bashka, near Jaipur.


La Juniper have kindly given me an exclusive discount code for readers of The Sparkle Nest. Visit to view their full range and use the code sparkle15 for 15% off your order and free shipping. The code is valid until the end of August 2017.


Nourishing Homemade Granola


Now, didn’t I mention homemade granola? As I said, this is such a simple recipe – and your house will smell amazing while it is baking! It’s perfect with almond milk and topped with fresh fruit, or sprinkled on yoghurt or ice cream. I hope you enjoy!


Nourishing Berry and Seed Granola - Vegan

Category: Breakfast

Cuisine: Vegan

Yield: 6

Serving Size: 180g

Calories per serving: 362

Fat per serving: 15.6

Saturated fat per serving: 9.7

Carbs per serving: 46.1

Protein per serving: 6.7

Fiber per serving: 5.8

Sugar per serving: 17.6

Nourishing Berry and Seed Granola - Vegan


  • 300g rolled oats
  • 140ml maple syrup
  • 100g mixed berries and seeds
  • 4 tbsp coconut oil


  1. Heat oven to 170 degrees
  2. Gently melt the coconut oil on the stovetop, then mix together with all the other ingredients in a large bowl until the oats, berries and seeds are well coated with the maple syrup and the coconut oil.
  3. Spread the mixture onto a lightly greased baking sheet
  4. Bake in the centre of your oven for about 20-30 minutes, stirring the mixture up every 5 minutes or so until your granola mix is golden brown,
Homemade Granola Recipe - Vegan

About The Author


Mama of two beautiful boys. I’m veggie, vintage loving, a bit of a crafter and a bit of a hippy. I love the countryside and pretty things.


  1. Natasha Kendall | 13th Jun 17

    That does look delicious! I’m so lazy so I just buy Jordans at the shop, which does the job just fine! I love their Strawberry one. I wonder what it would be like to freeze dry strawberries at home? This could be something for me to try out :)

  2. Gareth Torrance | 13th Jun 17

    You know what? I have never eaten granola in my life… Might have to try…
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  3. Sarah Bailey | 13th Jun 17

    Hands up I love a good bowl of granola and I could definitely see myself tucking into something like this, as it really looks like a delicious idea.
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  4. Vicky | 13th Jun 17

    This looks absolutely delicious. Breakfast is definitely my favourite meal. I would say I’d try to make this but I’m spoilt by the ease of either sainsbury’s or the co-op’s own.

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  5. hannah | 13th Jun 17

    This looks great. I will have to try this out sometime, thanks for sharing

  6. melissa | 13th Jun 17

    I have never made my own granola before but this looks very nice! will have to make it one day

  7. Rhian Westbury | 14th Jun 17

    I love the colour of your new breakfast items, such a pretty shade of bluey/ green. I am so bad though I barely ever have a proper breakfast x
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  8. MELANIE EDJOURIAN | 14th Jun 17

    It’s great having a bit of extra time isn’t it. Looks like you have put i too great use this recipe for granola looks great. I need to experiment and try and make my own.
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  9. Jen | 14th Jun 17

    Here we all were stressing about Brexit, debates on TV and radio; yet all the time you had it sussed! Excellent work. There is something rather lovely about having a relaxing breakfast with good food, but unfortunately not something I partake in often. I really love the La Juniper kitchenware, simply gorgeous.

  10. Stephanie Merry | 14th Jun 17

    I really need to make more of an effort with my breakfasts – the granola looks fab!
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  11. Ana De- Jesus | 14th Jun 17

    The sea breeze collection is beautiful and I love granola as well, weirdly enough I just had some homemade granola. It was so good but yours looks even better x
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  12. Emily Leary | 14th Jun 17

    That looks delicious, I bet the coconut oil tastes fantastic! I have phases from time to time where I go a bit mad for granola!
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  13. Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes | 15th Jun 17

    This looks and sounds delicious, I love granola for breakfast :) Really made me giggle that your little one calls it “Brexit” 😀
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  14. Angela Milnes | 15th Jun 17

    This really looks great and I want to make my own version of granola bars glad that you share this recipe.

  15. nicol | 15th Jun 17

    ooo ive never actually tried granola before! but i love the sound of this. ive got all of the ingredients at home too so will be giving this a try :)

  16. Becca Talbot | 19th Jun 17

    I love that your 2yr old calls it Brexit 😛 so cute! Also, this breakfast set is really cute too x

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