Homemade Cinnamon Raisin Coconut Almond Granola

I finally tried making granola last night and I’m happy to say that it turned out really legit! My favorite granola as a kid was from this restaurant called Peaches in Florida so I wanted to recreate that one, which meant it had to have cinnamon + raisins + coconut + almond. There are lot of different things you can add to a general granola base, but I HIGHLY recommend this combo – it’s just SO tasty.

granola

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups rolled oats (not quick oats)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp sea or kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup honey (or a little more if you like your granola on the sweeter side)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds

How to:

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. Mix oats, cinnamon & salt in a bowl.
  3. Combine honey, oil & vanilla extract in a separate bowl.
  4. Pour liquid ingredients into dry ingredients and stir until dried ingredients are thoroughly coated.
  5. Spread the mixture in a thin layer on a baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes, stir, and then bake for an additional 10 minutes (or until granola looks golden brown).
  7. Let the granola cool for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally (you will notice it starts to get harder).
  8. Add raisins, coconut & almonds.
  9. You just made granola! Now put it in an airtight container and it should be good for about 2 weeks.
  10. Enjoy! :)

 

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Sweet Potato Breakfast Smoothie

I recently saw Tracy Anderson on the Dr. Oz show and she was talking about this delicious-sounding smoothie recipe that Gwyneth Paltrow helped her to create. With a couple of small tweaks and no microwave involved, I’m happy to say that this smoothie turned out to be the most decadent yet healthy smoothie I have tasted to date.

Photo Credit: AllNaturalAnnie.com

Ingredients (makes 2 servings):

  • 2 peeled sweet potatoes boiled or baked
  • 2 cups organic whole milk or unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 packet/scoop vanilla protein powder (I used Garden of Life’s Vanilla Chai Protein Powder. I’m not a big proponent of protein powders in general, but this one is a raw, vegan, organic protein made from over a dozen sprouted seeds and grains – so it’s actually real food and very high quality)
  • handful of walnuts
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp turmeric

It turned out like a pudding! I really liked it that way, but if you don’t want it as thick, simply add more milk. This smoothie is loaded with vitamin A, protein, and healthy fat. It also has the added bonuses of being anti-inflammatory (turmeric) and blood sugar stabilizing (cinnamon). I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did!

Delicious Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal

Prep and Cook Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2¼ cups water
  • dash of sea salt
  • 1 cup regular rolled oats (not the 1 minute)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ cup raisins
  • organic milk
  • sweeten with honey (about 1 tsp per serving is a nice amount) 

Directions:

  1. Combine water and salt in a small saucepan and turn the heat to high.
  2. When the water boils, turn the heat to low, add oatmeal, and cook, stirring, until the water is absorbed (about 5 minutes).
  3. Add cinnamon and raisins and stir. Cover the pot and turn off heat.
  4. Let set for 5 minutes.
  5. Serve with milk and honey.
  6. Enjoy!

Serves 2

 

While this is not the quickest way to make oatmeal, it does produce tastier results. It’s also so hearty and healthy!