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Hemp Hearty Granola

Boy has it been a chilly one in Denver the past few days. Has any one else had trouble leaving their house in the snow? I love snow, don't get me wrong, and I grew up with lots of snow in Massachusetts, so I obviously own a vehicle that can dominate in the snow (a jeep, duh). I literally don't shovel my driveway (I never have) and just fly out of the driveway with my four wheel drive. Funny story actually, when I was going to college in Rhode Island I had an apartment that shared a driveway with three other people. At one point I had to borrow one of my parents Jeep Commanders, the one that looks like a mini square hummer, and there was a huge snow fall at the time. Our driveway was this big and L shaped and I persuaded the plow driver that was plowing the neighbors driveway to help a girl out and come plow ours. I told him, 'just wait one second and I'll back my car out so  you can plow it'. Little did I know right as I was backing out my car, he was flooring it down the driveway and we collided. I literally back RIGHT INTO HIM. Who is at fault? Well I didn't get into the technicalities of it but let's just say there was a big yellow strip of paint on my parent's white Jeep on the bag right bumper. Opps. So now I think of that every time I still decide to not shovel the driveway.

Anyways, it's hard for me to want to leave the house when the weather is so cold. But cold weather definitely makes me want to bake! I was inspired this week because a lady I work with made homemade granola. She is  from Bulgaria and makes all sorts of homemade breads and healthy treats. I knew I wanted to make a granola with extra healthy seeds and nuts so I brainstormed about what to make. I roamed around the granola isle in Sprouts and I didn't find any reasonable granolas for a few reasons.

1.) Most store-bought granola has WAY too much sugar (carbohydrates and not enough fiber (nutritious ingredients).

2.) All of the decent granola is like $7. Why? I think this is outrageous when you could make 6lbs of homemade granola for that price if you bought your own ingredients.

3.) Sometimes they have added preservative and ingredients to make them more shelf stable. I am not interested in any additives that make my granola last longer. I zip lock bag or a sealed Tupperware should do the job just fine.

And how is it November already? The little kiddos Trick-or-treating this past week must have been freezing. I was supposed to dress up on Thursday at the Hospital and I got to work and completely forgot it was even Halloween until I saw the dishwasher in the kitchen with a cowboy hat on. That's how much of an adult I was on Thursday: I forgot it was Halloween. But I dressed up for bowling league which was a huge hit. Tommy and I were Babe and Paul Bunyan for Halloween this year and for bowling league we reversed costumes. So worth it. I did a 'who whore it better?' pole and he won. Go figure. I knew all of my friends liked him better than me and that pole proved me right.

As for my granola recipe, this is probably the best granola I have ever made. It was so delicious. I added in extra ingredients to make is more nutrient dense. I threw in some chia seeds, coconut oil, coconut flakes, hemp seeds and chopped walnuts. A couple tricks: use tin foil so the granola doesn't stick in the sheet pan and make sure to stir it every five minutes so it doesn't burn. I've learned this the hard way and overcooked nuts and coconut in granola before. Also, leave out a little bit of honey to mix in after it cooks. It makes is more crunchy and a little clumpier. Here it is, let me know if you try the recipe!

Enjoy!

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Babe + Paul Bunyan, who wore it better? October 31, 2019

Hemp Hearty Granola


Yield: 6 cups

Ingredients:

6 cups       Old Fashioned Oats (I used a gluten free brand)

1 cup         Walnuts, finely chopped

3 tbsp        Chia seeds   

1/4 cup     Hemp seeds

1/2 cup     Melted coconut oil

1 tsp         Vanilla extract

1/2 cup     Golden raisins

1/2 cup     Coconut flakes

1/2 tsp      Ground cinnamon

1/2 cup     Honey or maple syrup

Himalayan ground sea salt to taste (I swear it's the best!)

Extra honey for drizzling after it cools.

 

Method of Preparation:

1.) Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with tinfoil or parchment paper. 

2.) Melt coconut oil and 1/2 cup honey in a bowl in the microwave. Mix in oats, cinnamon, chia seeds, hemp seeds, vanilla extract, coconut flakes, walnuts and sea salt.

3.) Pour into pan leaving the granola crowded so it makes a full thick layer on the pan (this will allow it to form chunks). Cook for 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes.

4.) Remove from oven and let granola cool, then add golden raisins and about 2-3 tablespoons of honey. Mix thoroughly and enjoy!

 


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