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Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Im such a Granola Gal

I'm a hippie at heart. I cant help it..everything that you stereotypically think of as "hippie"... yep..this girl right here. From birkenstocks, to long hair, hiking and being outside, to loving Janice Joplin and Bob Dylan,  to tattoos, to making this earth green, to spreading love and happiness, and to eating healthy and organically... and definitely one of my favorite things to eat is granola.

Granola is so simple to make, uber healthy, easy to customize for your own preferences, wont include preservatives and copious amounts of sugar and tastes a million times better then the store bought variety.

I dont measure (you are used to this by now right? :)  ) the dry ingredients; I just put together what I have on hand from the pantry. . Items such as but not limited to by any means:

OATS- I use large flake (the + the better cost effectiveness)
NUTS- almonds, pecans, walnuts, pinenuts
DRIED FRUIT-apples, pears, dates, figs, prunes, mango, raisins, coconut
SEEDS-pumpkin, sesame, sunflower
SPICES-cinnamon, vanilla, ginger, cocoa
SUPERFOODS-cocao nibs, hemp hearts, flax, sprouted chia, protein powder

Mix these together and then add your liquid ingredients.

Honey, maple syrup, molasses, cocount oil, macademia nut oil, almonds butter
**all clean healthy fats and sugars

Boil the liquid ingredients, mix into dry making sure to coat all . (If not all dry mix seems coated drizzle on a little more liquid/oil/honey etc and mix again)

Spread on cookie sheet

Bake 325° for 30 min or so..depending on how crispy you like it.. stir a few times throughout.  Cool and store.

Making your own saves money, tastes better and honestly takes no time. You could whip up a huge batch in a commercial.

Enjoy granola straight up as is, with milk, on (or my and my daughters favourite snack) or mixed in with greek yoghurt as well as awesome sprinkled on anything from fruit (raw or stewed), to pancakes to fish. It is an excellent way of adding protein and fiber and complex carbs.

Eat up!
With love from your granola eating friend :) ♥ ★
Kara

if the world was consumed by hippies, if we took over the population, things would look much more green and beautiful.

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