Please excuse me for a second, I have to wipe the drool off my keyboard… There, that’s better 🙂
I think I have found a new favorite almond butter recipe. WHITE chocolate. It tastes absolutely amazing, and I am restraining myself from running to grab another spoonful. The recipe is really simple, it’s the same as my chocolate almond butter recipe, only you sub white chips for semi sweet. I highly recommend you try it!
I feel like I’m starting to get my groove back a little bit. I plan to workout this evening, and I have made 2 batches of almond butter. I also decided to try out one of my 2 new cookbooks.
I am not an obsessive Tosca Reno fan by any stretch, but I can really appreciate how she changed her life for the better, especially at the age of 40. Would she be on the cover of almost every ‘Oxygen Magazine’ if she wasn’t married to the guy who publishes said mag? Probably not, but such is life. She is an inspiration to many people, including myself. Although I have much different goals than she did at the start of her health journey, I still think she’s pretty awesome.
On to the recipe. I did a ton of grocery shopping today in preparation for my new clean eating regiment, and the first thing I thought I would try was her granola. I am not generally a cereal person in the morning, but I have been known to snack on it throughout the day, and sometimes I’ll even have it for dinner.
When I was a kid, I hated granola. My mom used to buy the huge bulk bag, and we would eat it with powdered milk – already made of course! That’s how poor we were. (how else are you going to feed 6 growing kids in the morning?) Even though I have a sweet tooth, I always found store bought granola sickeningly sweet, and the powdered milk just added insult to injury.
It wasn’t until I tried some of my sisters home made granola a few years ago that I actually realized that it can taste good. Even better, it is relatively inexpensive to make. I’m sure my sister wouldn’t have done it if I cost a bomb, she was (and still is) a grad student.
Armed with my book, I got started. I made a few adaptations which I will point out along the way.
Clean Granola (Adapted from The Eat Clean Diet Cookbook 2)
3 Cups old fashioned rolled oats
1 Cup oat bran
1 Cup raw unsalted almonds, roughly chopped
1/4 Cup raw unsalted cashews, roughly chopped
1/4 Cup raw sunflower seeds, shelled
1/4 Cup pumpkin seeds (sometimes called pepitas)
1/4 Cup unsweetened dried coconut, shredded
2 TBPS whole flax seeds
2 TBSP chia seeds
1 Heaping TBSP of sucanat
1/4 Cup coconut oil, melted
1/4 Cup honey
1 tsp Vanilla extract
pinch of salt
1 1/3 Cup of your favorite dried fruits ( I went 2/3 c apple juice sweetened cranberries, and 1/3 c each of chopped apricots and unsweetened cherries)
Preheat the oven to 250. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment or a silpat. Mix the oats, nuts and seeds together, set aside. Mix the oil, honey, vanilla and salt together, then add to the dry ingredients. Stir mixture until the dry ingredients are covered in the oil and honey mix.
Split granola between 2 baking sheets. Bake at 250 for 75-90 minutes, stirring granola at least twice (I did this every 25 minutes). Once done (the granola should be brown and fragrant), stir in dried fruit. Place granola in an airtight container once it has cooled. Makes 14 1/2 c servings.
This is my perfect granola! Just a hint of sweetness, and toasty goodness. The changes I made were the following: I added in 1 cup of oat bran, added the chia, used sucanat in place of brown sugar, and added an extra 1/3 c of dried fruit. To serve, I used 1/3 cup of kefir. If you haven’t tried kefir, you should get on that as well 😉
Overall, this was a very satisfying snack!
Ok, I think I’m off for a nap, and then it’s work out time! Just a thought – Tosca Reno went from frumpy mom to fitness competitor. I don’t think that it’s really my bag, I’ve seen a few people go through it and it just doesn’t seem like that much fun. Maybe I’m wrong though…
Would you ever do a fitness competition?