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grain-free cran-orange chocolate granola {grain-free granola}

when i wake, i want something to eat right away, and i want something meaty – something with substance.  i can’t always cook a protein, and i’ve been looking for a grain-free granola recipe that was hearty and filling, a little sweet but not overly so.

 

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inspired by tons of pinterest-posts and deterred pricey commercial options, i went to work and created this one.  it’s chocolatey- but in a deep, dark way that isn’t too sweet.  the citrus and dried cranberries and cherries give it a tart balance.

 

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it also looks pretty in the little vintage bowls i found on an antiquing run with my e. a few weeks ago, no?

 

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this cran-orange chocolate grain-free granola should fill a sweet tooth craving but fill a hungry tummy, as well; it’s delicious swimming in a little bowl of brazil nut milk, and it’s also perfect for snacking dry in a little take-along container.

 

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grain-free cran-orange chocolate granola {grain-free granola}

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw walnuts, soaked overnight in filtered water
  • 1 cup raw pecans, soaked overnight in filtered water
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries, unsweetened
  • 1/4 cup dried cherries, unsweetened
  • 3 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange (or vanilla) extract
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons hemp seeds or hemp hearts
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 2 tablespoons cacao nibs
  • zest of one orange

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
  2. Drain and rinse nuts and allow to air dry at least fifteen minutes.
  3. Combine nuts a food processor and pulse 3-5 times or until just broken up.
  4. In a medium saucepan, melt butter with honey, then stir in cocoa, extract, and orange juice.
  5. Stir with a whisk until ingredients come together and are warmed through.
  6. Pour honey mixture into food processor and pulse 3-4 times to combine.
  7. Add hemp and chia seeds, berries and cherries, coconut, orange zest, and cacao nibs and pulse 3-6 more times to break up and combine.
  8. Pour mixture onto a parchment lined rimmed baking sheet, and bake at 200 degrees for 3-4 hours, or until dry.
  9. Allow to cool - mixture will crisp as it cools.
  10. Store in a sealed, covered container up to one month.
http://dancingwithmyfather.net/grain-free-cran-orange-chocolate-granola-grain-free-granola/

 

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what’s your favorite breakfast?

 

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{primal salted caramel blondies}

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for some reason, i’ve not had great success with coconut flour.  i’ve been reading some online tips and i’m hopeful.  and tonight, i did some experimenting, and my doubts faded away.  no sign here of the almost grainy, dry mouth-feel i’d had before.  just light, fluffy, moist, wonderfulness.

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this “blondie” is very light and cake-like in texture, not the dense gooey feel you often get in a traditional blondie.  so you might want to put this up as a salted caramel cake.  coffee cake, even, you can call it, if it’ll make you feel happier about eating it for breakfast.  because you’ll want to.

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my sweet stacy-friend sliced bananas over hers and drizzled it with more of the caramel.  i promptly did the same.  give it a try!

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do you have a favorite grain-free dessert recipe?  i’d love a taste!  share your recipe!!

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want to make this for yourself?  here’s the recipe!  print and enjoy – and let me know what you think!!

{primal salted caramel blondies}

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons flax meal + water to make 1 cup total
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 cup almond butter (or use sunflower seed butter)
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1 cup almond flour or walnut meal
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup raw caramel

Instructions

  1. Combine water and flax meal and let sit.
  2. Combine nut flour and coconut flour.
  3. Cream together butter, coconut oil, honey, maple syrup, and almond butter in the bowl of a stand mixer.
  4. Add coconut milk, eggs, and vanilla and then slowly add flour mixture, continuing to mix until blended.
  5. Pour into a well-greased 9x13 baking dish.
  6. Dribble raw caramel onto batter and use a butter knife to swirl into a pattern in batter.
  7. Bake in 350 degree oven for 25-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted to the cake comes out clean.
  8. Serve warm. If desired, drizzle with additional caramel and sliced bananas.
http://dancingwithmyfather.net/primal-salted-caramel-blondies/

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refresh me {green smoothie recipe}

winter refresher green smoothie eso yes, i got spoiled rotten.  my husband is amazing and he craigs-listed-like-a-maniac and bought me a vitamix.  i’ve lusted longed and researched and after many years of pleading my case, i won his culinary sympathies and now i am a raw-smoothie-and-soup-making-fiend.

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tonight we celebrate the passing of a year and welcome in the new, filled with hope and longing for what lies ahead.  we make vows, some of us, to be better inside and out.  i’m not quite done feasting on the indulgent (we’ll have a giant fondue spread with friends this evening), but i’m longing for fresh and this is what i whipped up at daybreak.

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it’s super simple, and with a little extra prep, it can be made in a standard blender, as well. little tip?  this has fresh cranberries.  they go on sale super cheap before the winter holidays.  i always buy several bags and freeze them, and they hold up wonderfully!  just in case you get a summer craving for their tart flavor!

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want the recipe? here you go.  (p.s. – i threw in a handful of cacao nibs – adds a hit of chocolatey flavor and nutritional punch.)  enjoy!

 

Winter Refresher Green Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water or water kefir
  • 1-2 handfuls fresh spinach
  • 1 apple, quartered, stem removed
  • 1 orange, peeled
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and quartered
  • 1/2 cup fresh (or frozen) cranberries
  • 1/2 inch fresh ginger, peeled

Instructions

  1. Place ingredients in order listed into the pitcher of a high-speed blender.
  2. Beginning on low speed, quickly move to high speed.
  3. Blend for one minute, or until smooth and liquefied.
  4. Serve over ice.
http://dancingwithmyfather.net/refresh-me-green-smoothie-recipe/

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