Happy second Monday of the new year!!! Have you made any new years resolutions? I’m assuming theres a handful of you out there who are making a decision to eat healthier, and I hope I can be of help to you! I decided I’m going to sleep more, eat less sugar, and make time for myself each day. I have a very hard time slowing down and relaxing, but I think being mindful of my go-go-go lifestyle is a pretty good place to start.
It’s kind of crazy we’re hopping right into 2016 already. I can’t believe its January 11th! When I was in high school and college people used to tell me (all the time) to enjoy each moment to the fullest because it was going to fly by. But guess what?! Life after college flies by even faster somehow. Am I right?! Life doesn’t come with a syllabus either, so theres constant fear inflicted self-questioning like “what am I doing with my life?!” almost every day. Some of you have known this for a while now, but I’m just now realizing it. The good thing is I’m finally starting to relax a bit and am feeling more and more excited about the blank slate I have.
I woke up slow this morning, ate an incredible breakfast bowl courtesy of my fiancé, and have been sipping on some maté while working on Nutritional Therapy modules. Quite the relaxing and productive day so far! I’m planning on going to yoga later in the day (whaddup new years resolution, me-time!) but besides that I’ve got a longgggg date with my computer and my books this lovely Monday.
So I have an incredible and easy recipe for you guys that you will probably want to eat all in one sitting. Please don’t do that. I’ve come close to it, and its not the best feeling in the aftermath. But hey, learning things the hard way isn’t so bad, right?…
The past few times I’ve gone back home to visit my parents, my mom has made a huge batches of kick ass paleo granola. I know I know.. paleo granola.. what the heck is that?! “How can you even call it granola?!” Believe me. Its granola all right, and you will hear angels sing as you bake it because it smells so good, then you will cry when you eat it because it’s just THAT delicious.
This “granola” is incredibly nutrient dense compared to the typical oat-filled kind, because (of course) it is loaded with healthy fats and vitamins from nuts and seeds! And it isn’t filled with empty calories of processed grains- a classic win-win situation here. By nature, this granola is less inflammatory by excluding grains and is a great snack to have to keep your fat-burning energy going when you start to feel hunger pangs between meals. WIN ALL AROUND!
I personally love making my paleo granola on a Sunday afternoon so I can keep little bags of it in my car or purse throughout the week when I’m on the go and hunger strikes. And.. hunger will strike! The hardest part about being healthy is being PREPARED!
It doesn’t take long to make this recipe and you can double, triple, or quad the recipe and make as much as you’d like! My personal fave is to eat my granola with some coconut or almond milk, or on top of coconut yogurt. HELLO YUM!
- 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1 cup raw cashews
- 3/4 cup raw almonds
- 1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
- 1/4 cup virgin coconut oil
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup unsweetened, dried cranberries
- 1 tsp salt
- Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine coconut flakes, cashews, almonds, and pumpkin seeds
- Add the mixture to a food processor or high quality blender about 1 cup at a time, and pulse until pieces are broken up. Return pulsed mixture to large mixing bowl. Repeat this process until the entire mixture has been pulsed.
- In a small saucepan over medium heat, add the coconut oil, honey and vanilla. Heat until coconut oil is melted and all ingredients are well combined.
- Pour coconut oil/honey/vanilla mixture over the pulsed nut & seed mixture and mix until well combined.
- Line your baking sheets with parchment paper & add mixture onto baking sheet in a thin layer
- Cook for 20-25 minutes, stirring once at the halfway mark.
- Remove from oven, sprinkle salt and cranberries over the warm granola and press until flat.
- Cool for 15 minutes then break into pieces
- Try not to eat the whole thing in one day 😉