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How to Make Gluten & Grain Free Paleo Granola

Granola is like trail mix – I’d rather make my own and decided what to put in it and what to leave out. It’s not fun to pick thru the mix to eat only what you want. It wastes both food and time. This lead me to come up with my own granola recipe, and *gasp* I left out the oats. This paleo granola is all nuts and seeds, zero grains, and it turned out delicious! IMG_9089

There are multiple benefits to making your own granola. You get to decide what goes in it & you can control the amount/type of sugar. Granola is usually pretty calorie dense on it’s own (meaning the serving size is small). Adding lots of sugar and sweeteners to this only makes it worse. Pre-packaged granola is usually full of sugar. There are lots more options now, but I still prefer to make my own. It also allows you to adjust ingredients based on allergies or dietary needs. IMG_9098

This granola only has naturally occurring sugar in it coming from honey. Your body digests this sugar differently because it is a natural source of sugar, so the insulin spike is not as great. As with anything, natural sources of sugar should  still be consumed in moderation. In granola recipes, honey is great to use for this reason because it also serves as a sticky ‘binder’ to help hold the granola together and create those delicious clusters. paleo granola

While I don’t eat a paleo diet, this recipe is paleo friendly. I loved the seed and nut combo in this recipe because it allows me to eat my carbs from other sources. The dried fruit and honey add some carbs, but this granola is high in fat and much lower in carbs compared to average granola. IMG_9096

You can switch up the dried fruit in this recipe depending on the season and what kind of fruit you like. I always recommend using unsweetened dried fruit, because fruit is naturally sweet!  I used golden berries which were delicious, but you could use anything. 

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Gluten Free, Grain Free, Paleo, Homemade Granola
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
50 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
50 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup raw walnuts
  2. 1 cup raw cashews
  3. 1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds
  4. 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  5. 1/2 cup dried fruit (chopped) - I used golden berries, use whatever dried fruit you like
  6. 1 egg white, lightly beaten
  7. 1 T water
  8. 1.5 T coconut oil
  9. 1/4 cup honey
  10. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  11. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  12. 1/2 tsp salt
Instructions
  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 300F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or with baking sheet liner.
  2. 2. Add first 3 ingredients to blender or food processor. Pulse a few times to chop the nuts, but do NOT grind into a fine meal.
  3. 3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together egg white with water until bubbly and kinda foamy.
  4. 4. Melt the coconut oil in microwave.
  5. 5. Add melted coconut oil, honey, vanilla extract, cinnamon & salt to the egg white/water mix and whisk together well.
  6. 6. Pour the chopped nut mix into the mixing bowl, along with the dried fruit & shredded coconut. Stir everything to make sure it is well coated.
  7. 7. Spread the granola mixture evenly on the baking sheet. Bake for 20-30 minutes or untill browned and crispy. Stir once after 10 minutes.
  8. 8. Remove granola from oven and allow it to sit for 10 minutes. DO NOT STIR. This is when the delicious clusters are formed!
  9. 9. Use a spatula and lift granola to break into large pieces.
  10. 10. Once cool, store in a glass, air tight container
  11. 11. ENJOY!!
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  1. ** Granola can go from done to burned very quickly. Be sure to watch it!
  2. Can sub honey for maple syrup to make the recipe vegan. Add 10 minutes to cooking time.
  3. Can sub olive oil or avocado oil for the coconut oil.
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Coconut Oil Coffee “Creamer”

Coconut Oil + Coffee ?

Sounds like it might be a strange combination right?! I thought so too, but let me tell you it is a delicious way to change up your morning coffee every once in a while. Coconut oil also has some added benefits that are worth mentioning as well. Another bonus: it’s REALLY easy to make!!
Just to clarify — this is NOT bulletproof coffee. The bulletproof coffee does have coconut oil in it as well as grass-fed butter. I have yet to try that combo in my coffee…but if I do, I promise I will blog about it. P.S. if you haven’t already, be sure to subscribe to my blog HERE

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I know what you guys are thinking… I’ve jumped on the coconut oil train. The purpose of this post is not to tell you that coconut oil is some miracle food and can save the world.  Coconut oil has been shown to have health benefits, but they may not be the same for everyone. If you are looking for a way to add more coconut oil to your diet or a healthier way to doctor up your coffee in the morning – you MUST try this coconut oil coffee “creamer”.

I say “creamer” because it’s not dairy based creamer. Are you ready for the recipe? Here it is:

That’s it!! 

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plain brewed coffee & 1 tsp of virgin coconut oil
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blend
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ta-da!!!

 It is SO creamy and smooth. This ONLY happens if you use a blender. If you just add coconut oil to your coffee it won’t taste bad, but it certainly won’t be creamy and frothy. 

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You may be wondering why coconut oil has gotten so much attention lately or why you should even bother trying it. Coconut oil is full of MCTs – medium chain triglycerides – these are easily converted to energy by our bodies and can help to rev your metabolism and can also reduce hunger. Some people get concerned that coconut oil is so high in saturated fat. These MCTs make up about half of the saturated fat in coconut oil.  There are good and bad saturated fats and coconut oil is one of the good ones. Just like any good fat source, it’s only good in controlled quantities so don’t over do it. 🙂 

Healthy fats help to steady our bloom sugar over time and also help us feel full, so drinking some healthy fat with your coffee in the morning will help you make it to lunch or snack time with more ease. 

Like I mentioned earlier, different things work for different people and I am not trying to tout this as a key to weight loss. It’s a great alternative to dairy creamer if you like to have creamy coffee and a creative way to add more healthy fats to your diet. 

If you give it a try, comment and let me know how you liked it! I’d also love to hear any fun coffee drinks you like – please share them in the comments! 

Stay sweet & caffeinated! 
XOXO

Sarah

 

Butternut Squash Soup

Last week I was talking with Katie and somehow we started talking about soup. Soup had sounded so good lately but just seemed like too much effort. Katie was  making one, and I realized “um, hello! You have no excuse to not make a soup, you have a super high powered blender!”

So, fast forward about a week, and I made soup. If you have a blender or an immersion blender, this is so easy! It features one of my favorite winter time squash, butternut! 

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First roast or bake your butternut squash. You can even cook it in the microwave. I used precut butternut squash, but you can certainly use the whole squash and peel/cut it once it is cooked. Then sprinkle it with cinnamon (as little or as much as you like depending on taste). At the same time, cook up some carrots either stove stop or microwave. 

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Add carrots and butternut squash to the blender along with some cornstarch and spices. This recipe is so cool because you can literally just dump everything in the blender once the veggies are cooked.

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Added in spices like oregano, cumin, garlic powder and onion powder along with the cinnamon. 

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Added in carrots once they were done cooking. Then we add the almond milk. I wanted a creamy soup, so I used almond milk. You could easily use chicken broth or vegetable broth if you wished.

Now it’s time to make the soup!

DSC01608Starting to blend together. You can blend to your desired consistency, I wanted mine creamy and smooth. 

I had to add more milk in at this point. I didn’t add enough for the consistency I wanted. 

DSC01609That is much better! See how smooth it is?

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Do you notice how the blender is more full now? That is because the soup is slowly expanding with all the air that is getting whipped into it. That means its about time to turn it off, because I want soup, not whip 😛

DSC01611Here is the final product, hot and steamy straight from the blender!

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Garish with whatever you like or eat plain.

You must try this recipe, it’s full of nutrient rich veggies and super easy to make. Plus it makes you all warm inside on a super cold day without the guilt of typical warming comfort food. 

Butternut Squash Carrot Soup
Serves 2
a deliciously creamy soup without all the guilt. Gluten and dairy free.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups butternut squash, cooked
  2. 1 cup carrots, cooked
  3. 1 T cinnamon
  4. 1 T garlic powder
  5. 1/2 T cumin
  6. 1/2 T dried oregano
  7. 1/2 onion powder
  8. 1/2 tsp corn starch (gluten free)
  9. 1-2 cups unsweetened almond milk
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to blender.
  2. Start blending on low and slowly increase speed.
  3. Continue blending until it reaches desired consistency. I wanted mine silky smooth. This is why the amount of almond milk varies, add 1/2 cup and slowly increase until you reach the desired consistency.
  4. Serve with caution as the soup may be hot. Warm up on the stove top or in microwave if not warm enough after it is done in the blender.
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XOXO
Stay warm!

Sarah

 

 

 

[LIVE] Video chat with me! (+ a recipe)

I am so excited to announce that TONIGHT I am hosting a LIVE video chat with me! It will be on YouTube, so you can talk with me, chat me any questions that you have and hang out!! I am going to be talking about the holidays, traditions and ways to enjoy them without feeling guilty or putting on weight like the average person does.

 It starts at 6pm PST – so either watch the live stream here on this video or visit YouTube and watch it there. The chat function is located to right of the video, where the suggested videos normally are. If you are unable to join tonight, the video will be recorded and will be available here for you to watch whenever you want! 😀

I hope you will be there! I love getting to know my readers and #fitfriends more! 

Here is a quick fun recipe to try for dinner:
Almond Crusted Chicken Tenders

All you need is 
-1 cup of raw unsalted almonds
-1 chicken breast
-extra virgin olive oil spray

THAT’S IT! The recipe is from my awesome blogger BFF and #fitfriend Katie. She is so smart, funny and SUPER creative in the kitchen. She has got some of the best recipes out there and an awesome e-book full of stuff too! 

Please visit her blog for the recipe for these almond crusted chicken tenders. Not only are they super easy and fast, they are SUUUUPER delish!!

XOXO
See you guys tonight!
Sarah