Recently I have had the biggest urge to cook everything and anything. I have wanted to start making everything from scratch as well as baking lots of new sweet treats. I have gone from cooking very minimal meals to literally making everything.
Since leaving the catering industry and having a few years off, I am really trying to start to use those skills again. I started to really look into holistic health and nutrition as well as it’s healing benefits and I am just so amazed and interested by it. I have always been curious and cautious about what I put into my body and on my skin, but definitely even more so recently. If you know me, I am all about the natural products and ingredients and I just feel so much better physically and mentally for it. I just know I am giving my body exactly what it needs to live a long, healthy and happy life. Don’t get me wrong, I still have a long way to go but I am thankful for the little steps I am taking to get me towards it. It’s a long process and it doesn’t ever stop. It will be something I will always take into account and I’m okay with that as long as I am listening to my body and doing the best for it.
Moving back to the baking side, I have recently been making pastry, veggie wellingons, vegan cakes and all sorts of things and I am truly loving it. Just knowing exactly what goes into my food and managing to save a bit of money is so satisfying.
Yesterday I made this delightful chocolate granola as a little sweet treat for breakfast but also to use up some ingredients I had. I also ran out of branflakes so I thought, why not make my own.
In my recipe I used up the chocolate soil from ‘Curiousity in Cocoa’ too that I had received previously which definitely made the recipe 10 times better. I’m a sucker for a sweet treat so I thought I would share with you my granola creation.
This granola is sweet, rich and nutty with a salted aftertaste. It is full of fibre and plant based protien; the perfect snack or pre workout breakfast. With it being so quick and easy to make it is perfect for busy schedules who also want to eat well and balanced.
- 3/4 packet Curiousity in Cocoa chocolate soil
- 1 & 1/2 s
- s 2
- 1 chia seeds
- or nectar
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
- In a mixing bowl add the salt, oats, chia seeds, cocoa powder, coconut sugar and shredded coconut and just give it a stir. Leave out the chocolate soil until further steps.
- In a small saucepan or in the microwave add the maple syrup and coconut oil and gets until it is all melted and combined together.
- Add the wet picture to the dry mixture and keep mixing until it is all combined.
- Spread the granola on to baking tray and bake for 20-30 minutes until golden brown.
- Let the granola cool for a few minutes to allow it to clump together then add the chocolate soil and mix.
- Transfer the granola to a storage container or a jar and then enjoy.
I served my granola with a small pot of coconut yogurt containing active live cultures for boosting my gut health.