Granola

I’ve wanted to start making granola for a really long time, but I never got around to it because I was always missing some ingredients, or else there would be so much cereal in the cupboard that I didn’t feel right making more. Before Christmas I finally got around to it, because I was trying to use up some of the quinoa we have and I found out you can throw it in granola. I worried me at first, because I assumed the quinoa would be inedibly hard, turns out it’s fantastic. It’s hard to describe, but it becomes like little hard crunchy balls that add great texture.

I used this recipe as a base. I didn’t follow the baking instructions close enough the first time, so I burnt it. When you take it out, it should be a little browned, but still soft. It will harden as it sits, trust me.

The think I love about granola is that you can throw in whatever you want. I basically substituted everything I didn’t like in the recipe for stuff I like. I used oatmeal, chopped almonds, chopped walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, hemp hearts, ground flax, wheat germ. I sweetened it with melted apple cinnamon honey. I also used sunflower oil instead of coconut oil. I tried to keep the proportions close to what was used in the recipe, so that I would how much oil and honey to use.

IMG_2632It’s super easy to make, healthy and delicious. I’ve been eating it with berries and milk or yogurt. I definitely have no desires to eat store bought cereal again!

Holiday Recap

Well, we are now back in the swing of things. The holidays are over (sadly) and school has started again. My holidays were good, but they felt too short, and much too busy. There was a lot of travelling and a lot of ferrying back and forth to family’s houses. I really wish it didn’t have to be like that, but because I think it might always be.

I tried to be conscious of my eating and it seemed to go fairly well. There were only a couple of days that I felt really sick. I really think that drinking a lot of water helped and also avoiding greasy food. When we got back on Saturday we had a ‘detox’ meal to overload on health after all of the junk we’d been eating.

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I’d like to make this a month of super healthy eating, but despite how healthy our meals are with the amount of junk food we have in the house right now from Christmas, this will not be a healthy month.