Good morning! Boy oh boy, am I excited to share this recipe with you.
Friday night I whipped up a batch of homemade granola… because I’m cool like that and have hot dates with oats and coconut. I had a craving for buttery cashews and well, coconut… I’m always up for that.
I decided to use brown rice syrup as the sweetener to allow the flavors of the coconut oil and vanilla to shine through. Then, I thought I’d add a teaspoon of flaked sea salt to give it that sweet ‘n’ salty characteristic.
I wouldn’t change a thing about this recipe (except freshly-ground flax would be a healthy addition)… and maybe make it with a destination or gift in mind, so I don’t proceed to eat handful after handful of hot, “buttery” granola on a Friday evening. I’ve declared granola baking as my most dangerous hobby.
Coconut Cashew Crunch Granola
4 c. rolled oats
1 c. raw whole cashews
1/2 c. unsweetened coconut
1/2 c. raw sunflower seeds
1/4 c. sesame seeds
1 tsp. salt
1/2 c. brown rice syrup
1/4 c. canola oil
1/4 c. coconut oil
1 T vanilla
In a large bowl, mix together oats, cashews, coconut, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, and salt. In a small pot, gently warm brown rice syrup, oils and vanilla until combined. Pour over oat mixture and stir thoroughly. Pour into a baking dish (approx. 9 x 13 in.) and bake at 350F for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Remove granola from the oven and spread onto paper towels to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.
Cooking Note: Don’t be fearful if your granola still looks wet after 30 minutes. The key to crunchy, delicious granola is wet granola. It will clump and crunch when allowed to cool.
Nutrition Note: Did you know that sesame seeds are a good source of calcium!?
the great fundraising act
I want to let y’all know about the online auction and bake sale for healthy living blogger, Susan of the The Great Balancing Act, who was recently diagnosed with cancer.
The auction will be held on Monday, July 25th from 8:00am to 11:00pm (EST). There will be over 100 items to bid on, including: blogger baked goods, autographed books, a complete blog makeover, and loot from such companies as Bob’s Red Mill, Chobani, Larabar, and Love Grown Foods. Bidding will start at $10 and ALL proceeds will go directly to Susan to help pay for her medical expenses.
I am donating a batch of my (vegan & g-free) Chocolate Espresso Energy Bites.
Ideal exercise fuel for the coffee enthusiast. These bites are vegan and gluten-free. Ingredients: dates, raw almonds, raw cashews, chia seeds, unsweetened cocoa, instant espresso powder. Nutrient-dense, travel-friendly, and body-happy!
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I’m off to enjoy my (active) rest day after 17 consecutive days of exercise.
Ta ta for now,