Hiii there peeps!
Lately, I’ve been experimenting with raw ingredients like nuts, cacao, spirulina, etc. …and I think granola is a great vehicle to add in a lot of these good n’ tasty foods! Plus it’s a great item to have when you are on the run & for a fast breaky!
This week I have cut out dairy & meat from my diet, and to be honest I do feel more energetic, and my mind clearer. However — it is extremely hard to live this lifestyle! I went to dinner on Monday night for my dads bday and scanned the menu of the steakhouse and seriously there was one thing that I could eat — garlic hummus — without altering the other options. I feel for all you vegans out their — mucho respect! But I still think moderation & balance is where it’s at, for me at least. I do plan on drinking green juice every day though because I think the veggies are a must and I also plan on cutting down the animal based proteins to once or twice a week — because the research on a plant based lifestyles/diets don’t lie — it’s pretty amazing — and the best news yet — my hubby is on board!! this is major. Anywhoser–I love granola — so here is how I make this tasty snack!
How to make your own granola:
- 2 cups (180 grams) old-fashioned gluten free oats
- 1/4 cup sweetener such as agave syrup or honey
- 1/4 cup olive oil, or melted coconut oil (I used coconut oil)
- 1 cup nuts, whole or sliced (I used almonds, cashews, pepitas, pistachios)
- 1 – 2 cups of more nuts, shredded coconut, dried fruit, seeds, or cacao nibs.
- 1 tbsp. of chia seeds (opt. — I used)
- 2 tbsp. ground flax (opt. — I used)
- Pinch of salt
- 1 teaspoon flavoring such as vanilla, coconut, or almond extract
- 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon spice such as cinnamon, ginger, pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 tbsp. orange zest (I used this to make the orange-vanilla-cinny granola)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large bowl, mix together the oats, nuts and any other dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, combine the melter coconut oil, extracts, and liquid sweetener, if using. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly so that everything is moistened.
- Spread out on a large sheet pan and bake until golden, 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Let cool.
- Store granola in an airtight container at room temperature for up to several weeks.
*For clumpy granola, increase the oil/butter and sweetener to 1/3 cup each and do not stir during baking. Break into clumps after granola has cooled.
*Add dried fruit during the last 10 minutes of baking. Do not add chocolate until granola has cooled.
*Shredded coconut burns easily, so keep an eye on it. You can also reduce the oven temp to 300 degrees F to be safe.
This is also such a great gift to people–I know I love me some flavorful granola :]
What are your thoughts on a plant-based diet/lifestyle?
What granola flavor combo is your go-to?
happy wednesday friends — thanks for all your comments & love, you make my days bright!