Granola is a great addition to oatmeal, cereal, pancakes…its even great on its own! But most granola in stores is full of unwanted sugars and additives. It’s very easy to make your own granola at home, and personalize it for your own tastes. Here’s how:
3 c large old fashion oats (not quick oats)
1/2 c ground flax seed
1/2 c Chia seeds
1/2 hemp hearts
1 c slivered almonds (or walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds)
1 c coconut
1 c crasins or rasins
1/3 c nut butter ( I’ve tried this with peanut butter and once with almond butter)
1/3 c sweetener (maple syrup, sugar free syrup, agave, honey etc.)
1 tsp extract (vanilla,maple,almond)
Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl (except crasins/raisins. They go in very last!)
Combine all wet ingredients into a saucepan on low to medium heat and stir until just melted.
Combine wet and dry ingredients and mix well.
Lay out on a baking pan at about 300 degress for 35 minutes or until brown and crisp (or just the way you like it!)
Now you’ve got a great batch of homemade granola to enjoy. Easy right? Do you have any favourite additions for granola? Share below!
Posted by livefullblog on March 24, 2012
Here’s a quick and healthy homemade jam alternative to try, using the magic power of chia seeds, one of my favorite ingredients!
Use on toast, pancakes, muffins, oatmeal…have fun!
12oz raspberries (of berry of your choice)
Zest of one lemon (to taste)
1 tbsp chia seeds
Sweetener (stevia, splenda, sugar,agave) to taste
Put the berries in a bowl and add the lemon zest. Try using a grater to extract the zest.
Add chia seeds and sweetner.
Viola! Should keep in the fridge 5-7days. To keep longer, just freeze it.
How do you use chia seeds? Comment below!
Posted by livefullblog on March 12, 2012
Okay – so to tell you the truth – I ate too many peanut butter sandwiches as a kid! It was my moms “go-to” lunch. So honestly for the last 10+ years I have stayed away from PB completely. Last year I discovered almond butter and fell in love! Each time we would go to Costco we would stock up with 3-6 jars (I know…crazy). Anyway sad to say that now I’m a little sick of almond butter. BUT in the last week (no joke) I have rediscovered peanut butter. I recently got a VitaMix (which I’m sooo stoked on). Since it’s National Peanut Butter Day, I just had to make my own peanut butter!
The recipe? Put peanuts in the VitaMix/blender and turn on Fresh, peanut better with NO additives whatsoever. (NOTE: I did roast the peanuts before blending them).
This experiment lead to a few other peanut butter recipes as well!!! If you’re wondering what that white stuff is in the pictures I made coconut butter before peanut butter. I thought the two favours combined might be nice.
Yum! I felt like I couldn’t bear to waste what was left in the container so I decided to made a smoothie…which turned into….Popsicles! The smoothies tasted so good and I wanted to shared some with my husband when he got home but I didn’t want it to melt so I thought about freezing it- then popsicles came to me!
Okay my smoothie consists of.. 1 scoop chocolate protein powder, almond milk,8 ice cubes, half a banana and of course the peanut/coconut butter left in the blender !
But wait, there’s more! I also made another discovery. Before making the peanut butter I made a cocoa-coconut recipe with coconut butter and cocoa. I thought drizzling what was left on to the top of the shake would make it more picture worthy. Then to discover it hardened like a shell when the cocoa-coconut hit the drink! Thats what you see those chocolate like straw things are! I’m gonna try and use the “chocolate” coating for recipe in the future.
Here’s to National Peanut Butter Day!
Posted by livefullblog on March 1, 2012