Balsamic Maple Glazed Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pecans & Dried Cranberries

These balsamic maple glazed roasted Brussels sprouts make the most delicious side dish to a Sunday Roast dinner or Christmas dinner. I even enjoy eating this side dish on its own! It makes Brussels Sprouts taste more exciting and flavorful rather than just boiling them!

Ingredients

  • about 620g Brussels Sprouts, halved
  • a couple handfuls of pecan nuts
  • a handful dried cranberries
  • 3tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp garlic granules
  • 1/2 tsp dried chilli flakes (or however much you like)
  • olive oil for cooking
  • salt & pepper, to season

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 200c/180c fan oven/400f/gas mark 6. Line a large baking tray with non-stick baking parchment.
  2. Add your sliced Brussels sprouts to the baking tray and drizzle with a little olive oil, rub the oil into the sprouts with your hands then season with salt & pepper.
  3. Place them in the oven, cook for 10 mins until slightly soft.
  4. Meanwhile make the balsamic maple glaze by adding the balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, garlic granules, chilli flakes to a small bowl, then whisk everything together until combined.
  5. Take the sprouts out the oven after 10 mins of cooking, add the pecans & dried cranberries to the baking tray, then drizzle everything with the balsamic maple glaze.
  6. Place back into the oven tho further cook for 5-10 minutes until the sprouts are roasted and soft on the inside. Enjoy with your roast dinner or for any side dish!

PS – If you ever end up making this recipe, let me know what you think by commenting below. I always love to hear what people think! Or if you managed to take a photo, post it on Instagram and tag @nourishingalex so i can see it and i will share it on my Insta-stories! THANKS! Alex ❤

Gingerbread Porridge

To get us into the festive season, we love having this gingerbread porridge with gingerbread men sprinkled on top. This has all the gingerbread flavours and whilst cooking, it sends off the most festive aromas. Such a fun way to shake up for porridge in the mornings!

Serves 1

  • 80g oats
  • pinch of salt
  • 1tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 1tbsp maple syrup/molasses
  • splash of plant milk according to your desired consistency. (I use oat milk)
  • 1 medium ripe banana, sliced in 1/2

Method

  1. Pour your oats into a saucepan, stir in the ginger, cinnamon & salt then add 1/2 the banana chopped into chunks.
  2. pour over some boiling water from the kettle until it just covers the oats and stir until gloopy. Allow the oats to soak for 5 mins to soften.
  3. Add in the vanilla extract, maple syrup/molasses and splash of plant milk and give it a good stir.
  4. Heat the porridge up on the hob until piping hot and creamy. (Add more milk for a creamier consistency, cook for longer for a thicker consistency).
  5. Serve in your bowl and top with the other half of banana, and your desired toppings. I added dairy-free coconut yoghurt, pomegranate, some vegan gingerbread men, sprinkled with extra cinnamon and drizzled with more maple syrup. Enjoy!

PS – If you make this recipe, i would love to hear what you think! Let me know what you think by commenting below. Or if you take a photo, post it on Instagram and tag @nourishingalex and i will happily share it on my Insta-Stories! THANKS, Alex ❤