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Eat Food. Not too much. Mostly Plants. -- Michael Pollan

I wish I could take credit for that because I think it sums up how we should eat. Simply -- eat stuff that really is food, instead of stuff that is food like substance. The supermarket is almost entirely food-like-substances, and, my friends, you should probably never ever eat them.

Fortunately, there is a world of deliciousness out there, and it can all be had in a way that not only doesn't harm your health, but in a way that benefits you hugely.

I think it's important to eat stuff that satisfies you, that keeps your blood sugar stable, and that gives you stuff your body really needs to run optimally.

But baby, it's gotta taste good.

I really like getting experimental in the kitchen. I love cooking, I love layering flavours, and I love coming up with really super yummy food. I have very strong opinions about what constitutes food, and there are a lot of things I won't touch in the kitchen. Bottom line? Pretty much everything I make is ridiculously good for you even if it tastes decadent. Although there are occasional big fat cheats ... but even those stick to real food, my friends.

For food that is usual gluten free, usually free of cane sugar, usually super low on the glycemic index, full of protein, fiber, flavour, and excellent energy, join me and Alice down the rabbit hole.

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Saturday, 19 November 2011

Peanut Butter and Maple Syrup Granola -- our current fave

I've been making granola once every week or two, and it magically disappears. The recipe that we've come to after trying different things is this one. The combination of flavours is satisfying, and the ingredients provide long term energy. And yes, of course there is peanut butter ...


1/4 cup extra virgin coconut oil
1/2 cup smooth organic all natural peanut butter
1/4 cup maple syrup (you could also go with honey if you prefer)

1 cup quinoa flakes
1 cup spelt flakes
1 cup oat flakes

1 cup raw almonds, chopped
1 cup raw cashews, chopped
1 cup raw sunflower seeds
1 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1 cup raw shredded coconut (organic)

1 tsp ground vanilla bean
1 tbsp ceylon cinnamon
1/2 tsp sea salt

1/4 cup hemp hearts
1/4 cup chia seeds
1 cup ground flax seeds
2 cups organic raisins


preheat the oven to 250

1. combine the pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, cashews, almonds, coconut, quinoa flakes, spelt flakes, and oat flakes in a very large bowl. Add the vanilla, cinnamon, and sea salt.
2. combine the coconut oil, peanut butter, and maple syrup
3. pour the coconut oil, peanut butter, and maple syrup concoction over the contents of the bowl and stir very well until completely combined
4. spread evenly on two parchment lined baking sheets
5. bake at 250 for 60 minutes
6. after 60 minutes, turn the oven off and leave the trays in for another hour as the oven cools
7. remove the trays from the oven, return the granola to the large bowl, and add the hemp hearts, flax meal, chia seeds, and raisins.
8. mix well
9. when fully cool, store the granola in an airtight container

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