Homemade Healthy Vegan Granola

This granola is so simple to make and will save you money in the long run, the other great benefit of making your own granola is you can control exactly what goes in! So many natural and organic granola brands still pack a ton of sugar into their granolas! This granola I created to help keep you full and balance your blood sugar because it is full of healthy fats, minerals, B-vitamins, and cinnamon! (Cinnamon is known to help balance blood sugar) .

In this recipe is:

  • 2 cups of organic large flake rolled oats
  • 1 cup raw pecans (organic if you can get it)
  • 1 cup raw pumpkin seeds (get organic if possible)
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 3 tbsp virgin coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp to 1tbsp cinnamon ( just use as much as you think you’ll like if you’re a cinnamon fan)

Firstly, preheat the oven to 350 on bake. Mix in a large bowl the oats, nuts and seeds. Then in a small saucepan heat on low the coconut oil and maple syrup just until they are melted and whisk them together. Pour the maple syrup and coconut oil mixture over the granola mix and stir in the bowl until everything is well coated. Then sprinkle in the cinnamon and mix again.

Get ready a baking sheet and place parchment paper down to prevent burning or sticking.

Spread the granola mix out evenly on the parchment paper. You can then sprinkle a bit more cinnamon on before placing it in the oven.

Place in the oven and set timer for 10 minutes: after 10 minutes you’ll stir the granola and then put it back in for another 10 minutes and then it should be slightly browned and crispy πŸ™‚ . Let cool before you put it away in a glass container or jar.


Enjoy!

Nourishing Cup of No-Jo

As you may know I have a reaction every time I have coffee and so now have sworn to not have it for a very long time (never say never). So to fill that void of a comforting warm cup of Jo, I have found the wonderful Kickstart formula by Harmonic Arts made on Vancouver Island which is pretty awesome!! Kickstart has a medley of cacao, chaga mushroom, maca, dandelion root and more! I was skeptical but it is actually much tastier than other coffee subs I have tried.


Here I wanted to share my favourite way of enjoying this magical coffee Β replacement when I have some extra time, this is also good to replace a traditional hot chocolate, or make it a latte by adding more heated frothy almond milk!


What you’ll want:

  • 2-3 dates with pits removed ( I like these ones pictured the best, found them at fairways if you’re in victoria)
  • 1/4 – 1/3 cup of organic unsweetened almond milk or nondairy milk
  • 1 tsp organic virgin coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp organic cinnamon
  • 2 tsp of kickstart by harmonic arts
  • 1 tsp cacao powder
  • 1.5-2 cups of boiled water


Place ingredients into a blender ( put some of the liquid in before you put in the powders! ) and blend for a few seconds until it’s well mixed and enjoy!

Mineral rich Avocado Cacao pudding

Decided to experiment with a nutrient rich and decadent breakfast this morning. My secret ingredient is organic molasses to add a mineral kick, as well as cacao and dates which are all great sources of minerals including potassium, magnesium, iron, calcium and more!

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Here’s what I used:

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • Dash of sea salt
  • About a teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • Tablespoon of organic molasses
  • 5 small raw dates
  • 1/4 cup of organic cacao powder
  • Splash of non dairy milk (unsweetened) to blend- I used almond but coconut would be great too!

You may have to scrap the sides of the blender down a few times but be patient! And enjoy!


I topped mine with some homemade granola for a crunch!

Green coconut pudding

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Experimenting in the kitchen this morning and i wound up with this magical pudding, its green, its vegan, its healthy and delicious! This makes for a great apres workout meal because you got your protein, carbohydrates, fats and loads of vitamins and minerals to promote recovery!

-half a cup of organic canned coconut milk ( dont use the light stuff it aint creamy enough! )
-4 to 6 dates with pits removed ( depending how sweet you like )
-handful of organic spinach
-1/2 or 1 serving of vanilla protein powder ( i used vega )
-splash of unsweetened almond milk to help blend

Throw these ingredients into your blender or food processor, start blending slow and speed up gradually. Pause it now and then to scrape the sides, and once it’s the consistency you want you can sit back and enjoy! Eat it alone or with some fresh berries, some granola, chia seeds, etc. πŸ™‚

Creamy Coconut & Date Oatmeal!

Oh how I love oatmeal, and this is one of my favorite oatmeal combos! Oatmeal is a fantastic nutritious grain that naturally has no gluten for all you gluten free freaks! πŸ˜‰ This recipe also has chia seeds which are a good source of plant-based omega-3s, and the coconut milk just makes it sooo delicious!

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Creamy Coconut and Date Oatmeal

What you need:

just over 1/3 cup rolled oats (not quick oats)

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1 cup of water

3 or 4 medjool dates (depending on how sweet you like it / the size of your dates)

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Side note: I know dates look like shit, literally, but they are delicious little fruits that taste like caramel! ( I’ve thought about bringing some of these into work and plopping them into the pool so that we have to close it and I can leave early… haha)

2 tbsp chia seeds

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3 tbsp of organic unsweetened canned coconut milk ( it separates like natural peanut butter so you gotta stir it up! )

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& as much cinnamon as you want!

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Directions:

Before you start cooking the oats, chop up the dates. Make sure you take the pit out before you chop it up, and get your knife wet to keep it from sticking.

Now you can start cooking the rolled oats, combine the water and oats in a small sauce pan, cover, and turn on high heat. Once the oats begin to bubble, stir them and make sure they don’t stick to the bottom, and remove them from the hot element, and toss in the dates and stir again.

Put the pot back on the warm element (still turned off) and let the oats sit there for a few minutes, stirring a few times, so that the dates sweeten it all up!

Now pour it into your bowl, sprinkle on as much or as little cinnamon as you like, add the coconut milk, and add the chia seeds. Mix it all up and eat it! πŸ™‚ Yum.

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